Rosa Jeanette (Heldreth) Allen passed away on Friday, July 12, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family after a courageous fight with cancer.
Jeanette was born on Sept. 22, 1928, the daughter of the late Roy and Rosa (Hall) Heldreth. She married Robert C. Allen on Jan. 15, 1948, in Rural Retreat, Va. In September 1959, they bought a dairy farm in Brooklyn. They raised five children and shared 56 years of love together until Robert passed away on Sept. 20, 2004.
Jeanette was a farmer all her life. She loved flowers, gardening, watching her birds, old westerns, and doughnuts. After they sold the dairy herd, Jeanette worked at Stonefield Nursery in Evansville until her health would not allow her to continue.
Her family was everything to her. Jeanette loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; they shared her love of the farm life and learned many things from her. Summer was her favorite season with all of them coming for visits.
Jeanette is survived by her daughter, Paula Kopfhamer of Portage, Gail Allen of Madison, Connie (James) Paynter of Brooklyn, and Deb Allen of Brooklyn; eight grandchildren, Chad (Candice) Paynter, Christopher (Becky) Kopfhamer, Melissa (Wade) Kaiser, Justin (Megan) Kopfhamer, James (Stacia) Allen, Jesse (Rachael) Paynter, Shane Allen, and Ian Allen; ten great-grandchildren, Taylor and Brady Paynter, Ethan and Sydney Kopfhamer, Trey and Kymber Kaiser, Calia, Jason, and Catie Kopfhamer, and Logan Allen; sister, Maxie (Herman) Arnold; brother, Donald (Tina) Heldreth: and is further survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; son, Johnny; and four sisters, Lotia, Zella, Pansy, and Bernice.
A Celebration of Jeanette’s Life will be held at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL HOME, 1150 Park St. Oregon, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2013.
A private family service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens in Rural Retreat, Va. at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, 2810 Crossroads Drive, Suite 1300, Madison, WI 53718-7942, or any cancer research fund.
Her family truly appreciates all the care and support from the Heartland Hospice staff.
Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
A Celebration of Jeanette’s Life will be held at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL HOME, 1150 Park St. Oregon, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2013. A private family service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens in Rural Retreat, Va. at a later date.