Jean Conley, age 77, of Hudson, Wisconsin, died on the evening of February 18, 2012 at The Gathering at Boutwells Landing, surrounded by her family. This comes after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
Jean was born on May 22, 1934 to Henry and Myrtle (Johnson) Levaque in Cloquet, Minnesota. She grew up in Rush City, Minnesota and lived in St.Cloud, Minnesota; Cloquet, Minnesota, Luverne, Minnesota, Roberts, Wisconsin, Hammond, Wisconsin, Glenwood City, Wisconsin, and three different locations in Hudson, Wisconsin.
She was united in marriage to Jerrol Conley on August 25, 1956 in Cloquet, Minnesota. This marriage was blessed with four children; Joe, Joy, Jack, and Jayne.
She earned a masters degree as a reading specialist from UW-River Falls and touched the lives of hundreds of children during her 28 years as a teacher, finishing her career in Glenwood City. In 1991, she began a fruitful and enjoyable retirement, which included being a “Winter Texan.”
Jean was always encouraging and supportive in her roles as wife, mother, grandmother and teacher. She played the role of the rock of the family and lived confidently in her faith. She was a wonderful cook and loved to entertain friends and family. Jean enjoyed playing bridge, loved to square dance, and was a talented seamstress. She was active with volunteer work in her church, teaching children to read, and helping families from other countries settle in the area.
Jean is survived by her; husband, Jerrol; sons, Joe and Jack (Helen); daughters, Joy (Steve) Pitzl and Jayne (Mike) Braun; grandchildren, Nick Pitzl, Conley Pitzl, Jacob Conley and Carter Braun; great-grandson, Emmett Hintze; sister, Evelyn Anderson, many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
She is preceded in death by parents Henry and Myrtle Levaque and brother Henry Levaque Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Jean will be held at 11am on Thursday, February 23 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hudson, Wisconsin. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held for 1 hour prior to services at the church as well as from 4-8pm on Wednesday, February 22 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home – Hudson Chapel. Services are in the care of the O’Connell Family Funeral Home.