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Jean Evelyn (Gordee) Hodel

June 27, 1935 ~ June 26, 2019 (age 83)

VERONA- Jean Evelyn Hodel, age 83, passed away unexpectedly at home on June 26, 2019. She was born June 27, 1935, the daughter of Alfred and Theresa (Amelong) Gordee.  On Valentine’s Day while at a dance at Turner Hall in Monroe, WI, she met the love of her life Howard Hodel. They were married on September 5th, 1959 at the Jordan Evangelical Lutheran Church in Browntown, Wisconsin.

Jean went to the Madison Business College and became a secretary for different companies while raising her five children. She finished her working career working for GMAC.  Jean always put family and faith first and foremost in her life.  Her passions in life included reading, sewing, camping, looking for shells on Sanibel Island, cross stitch/embroidery, cooking and baking. She will be remembered for her dedication and devotion to her husband and her five children. She also took great pride in her thirteen grandchildren and her eight great grandchildren.  Her love will always remain with us and with the people she knew throughout her life.

She is survived by her husband, Howard; children,  Thomas (Cynthia) Hodel of Deerfield, WI, Tamara (Joseph) Weiss of Sun Prairie, WI, Timothy (Connie) Hodel of Lake Mills, WI, Tiffany (Brian) Fritz of Middleton, WI and Tricia Hodel of Madison, WI. Thirteen grandchildren, Ryan (Kristyn) Hodel, Heidi (Justin) Segerson, Michael Weiss, Shannon Hodel (Chris Stewart), Jean Weiss (Steven Ellingson), Sharilyn (Jake) Zimmerman, Matthew Weiss, Christine Weiss, Timothy Hodel, Andrew Fritz, Benjamin Hodel, Ashley Fritz and Aaron Fritz. Eight great-grandchildren, Brannock Stewart, Braedan Hodel, Kilee Stewart, Keegan Stewart, Mallory Segerson, Westin Hodel, Monroe Stewart and Kellan Hodel;  her sister, Evelyn Bell; her sister-in-law, Lois Gordee; and other relatives.

She is now reunited in heaven with her parents; and her brothers, Merlyn(Gloria) Gordee, James (Jeraldine) Gordee and Richard Gordee.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 312 Wisconsin Ave. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be held at Verona Cemetery.

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