Jeannine Marvis Tucker – Strawberry Point

Jeannine Marvis Tucker, 93, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on Friday, March 25, 2022, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 A.M. Thursday, March 31, 2022, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Strawberry Point with Rev. John Haugen officiating.

Visitation: 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Arlington and for one hour before the service at the church on Thursday.

Scripture Service:  7:30 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Interment:  Strawberry Point Cemetery, Strawberry Point, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed by the donor to St. Mary’s Catholic Church Faith Formation, 314 West Mission Street, Strawberry Point, Iowa 52076.

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Jeannine was born on June 1, 1928, in Clayton County, Iowa, the daughter of Frances Jane (Gleason) and Marvin Berns.  Jeannine is the last of her siblings to pass.  She was preceded in death by her youngest sister, Kathleen, an infant brother, Joseph, her eldest brother, Howard, and her sister Elaine Waters.

Jeannine fell in love with a farmer, Ervin Tucker.  They were married on August 4, 1947.  They were a successful farming team, working side by side.  Their first farm has remained in the Tucker name.  Jeannine was a businesswomen, her chicken money contributed weekly to the family budget.  Her garden fed her family all year long!  She was a great mother to eight children, two of whom have passed away as infants.

In 1977, Jeannine and Ervin left the farm and moved to an acreage near Arlington.  Jeannine continued to work side by side with Ervin as a phone receptionist for the feed business, and as the chief cook and bottle washer for the business’s daily crew of workers.

Jeannine continued to share her love of people by volunteering at the Lutheran Home in Strawberry Point.  She excelled in Catholic educational services at Saint Mary’s and became the Director of Religious Education.  Jeannine was an avid reader, learner, world traveler, and the best grandmother in the world.  Her love for nature kept her occupied and creative as she spent hours at her window in the home enjoying the squirrels and watching over her trees.  She did this as she spent the last years of her life taking care of her husband and sister while they were in the nursing home.

Survivors include her six children:  John (Peggy) Tucker of Strawberry Point,

Phyllis Tucker (Kipp) of Estes Park, Colorado,

Mary (Terry) Knickerbocker of Strawberry Point,

Donna (Gary) Green of Lakeville, Minnesota,

Mark (Becky) Tucker of Strawberry Point &

Eileen (Bob) Fuller of Iowa Falls;

17 Grandchildren & 32 Great Grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her parents; 4 siblings,; husband: Ervin on October 17, 2018; a set of twin boys as infants and a grandson: Matthew Frederick.

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