Jean "Jeanie" Folkers

  • Born: April 19, 1982
  • Died: September 10, 2017
  • Location: Sloan, Iowa

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Onawa, IA 51040

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Jean "Jeanie" Folkers, 35, of Sloan, Iowa, joined her heavenly family on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, due to a pulmonary embolism.

Memorial services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 15, 2017, at the Community Church of Christ in Sloan, with Dr. Emery Killian officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Little Sioux Township Cemetery in Smithland. Visitation will be 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Thursday, September 14, 2017, with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M., at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service in Onawa.

Jean Frances "Jeanie" Folkers was born on April 19, 1982, in Storm Lake, Iowa, the daughter of Ralph and Jerrie (Rittscher) Folkers. She attended school in Storm Lake until the family moved to Sloan in 1991. She then attended school at West Monona in Onawa for one year, and completed the rest of her education at Westwood Community Schools in Sloan.

Jeanie worked at the Crossroads of Western Iowa workshop from 2001 – 2013.

She loved dancing and singing, watching the Disney channel, and celebrating her favorite holiday, Halloween. Jeanie had a great love for her family, and especially for her three nephews. Her oldest nephew, Owen, took her spot as the baby of the family, and she lovingly teased him for that by saying, "Thanks a lot Owen!" She lovingly referred to her other nephews as "Cory Boy" and "William Kid."

She was a member of the Community Church of Christ in Sloan. Jeanie lives on through her gift of life to others through the Iowa Donor Network.

Survivors include her mother, Jerrie Folkers of Sloan, IA; her father and stepmother, Ralph and Jean Folkers of State College, PA; two sisters and their husbands, Ellen and Brian Jenkins of Des Moines, IA and Katie and Eric Lockridge of Sloan, IA; her beloved nephews, Owen Lockridge, Cory Lockridge, and William Jenkins; her step-grandmother, Munira Rupert of State College, PA; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Martin and Elsie Rittscher; paternal grandparents, William and Ellna Folkers; paternal step-grandmother, June Folkers; step-grandfather, Norman Rupert; and two aunts, Jeanette Lynch and Diane Rittscher.

Condolences may be left online for the family at

Condolence & Memory Journal

When I think back to my first year teaching at the apartment in South Sioux, I always smile. I loved working with Jeanie, she was such a hoot. I remember do Sweating to the Oldies with her, we'd start dancing all the moves, but soon we were sitting on the couch doing just the arm moves. It was still a workout!
You are all in my prayers,
Mrs. Z

Posted by Gina Zuercher - Sgt. Bluff, IA - Teacher   September 14, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of Jeanie, from watching Rocky Horror Picture Show to just walking around Sloan greeting the neighbors. She was a very special person with a great smile and a great heart.

Posted by Megan (Jewett) Miller - Tampa, FL - Friend   September 14, 2017

I'm so very sorry to hear about the passing of Jeanie. She will forever be remembered. My condolences to the family.

Posted by Jennifer Snyder - Rapid City, SD   September 14, 2017

My heart truly hurts! Your family was ours. Love to you all.

Posted by Jeremy Snyder - Rapid City, SD - Family Friend   September 14, 2017

Thoughts and prayers sent to her loving family. May Jeanie's memory always bring a smile as far and wide as the love and laughter she shared with nearly everyone she met.

Posted by Justin Swanger - Houston, TX   September 14, 2017

Sorry to here if your loss. You have my deepest Sympathy.

Posted by Marlene (Doering) Stamm - Paola, KS - family   September 13, 2017

Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us they live on in the kindness they shared and the love they brought to our hearts!!❤so sorry for your loss!!

Posted by Shelly (Urban) Lenz - Peterson Iowa - Neighbor   September 13, 2017

So sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember her dancing at our wedding, she was the first one on the dance floor and was so happy.

Posted by Ann Lynch Hawley - Austin, TX - Father   September 13, 2017

I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember fondly your stories about Jeanie . My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.


Posted by Chris Lofflin    September 13, 2017

I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved sister, daughter, aunt and friend. May the beautiful memories of Jeanie fill your hearts during this difficult time. God Bless

Posted by Elie - Des Moines, IA - friend   September 12, 2017

Every time I had the privilege of seeing and speaking to Jeanie, she always had a smile or a joke for me. She was so bright and fun. My heart hurts for her and for her family who I have grown to cherish. Peace & love to you all.
Blessings, Delaine

Posted by Delaine Krager - Sioux City, IA - Family Friend   September 12, 2017


Posted by LARRY LYNCH - IOWA CITY, SC - Family Friend   September 12, 2017


Jerrie, please accept our condolences to you and your families. Ellna was so proud of her granddaughters and I know she is holding Jean in her arms right now.

Posted by John and Linda Stroeh - Family Friend   September 12, 2017

Jerrie, Katie, Ellen, & Ralph,

I am so sorry for you loss. Jeanie was such a sweet girl.



Posted by Jacquelyn O'Keefe - Santa Monica, CA - Family Friend   September 11, 2017