Jean Lollich Warner passed away, October 21, 2007, at The Alverno Health Care Facility, from age related problems, at the age of 91. She formerly lived at 807 4th Ave South, The Sarah Harding Home, until her death at the Alverno.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM, Wednesday at Lemke Funeral Home-Lyons Chapel, 2304 N 2nd St., Clinton. The Funeral will be at the Funeral Home on Thursday, October 25 at 10:30 AM. Burial will be at Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tom Granquist, Jeff Granquist, Jurgen Duhr, Russell Warner, Jim Lollich , and Art Ladehoff. The Rev. Dr. Scott Nesbitt of The First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Instead of flowers, please make memorial donations in her honor to the Clinton Humane Society or a charity of your choice.

Jean was born June 22, 1916 in (Lyons) Clinton to George C. and Dibga (Allen) Lollich. She married Charles H, Warner on March 26, 1959. He died in 2001. She graduated with honors from Lyons High School in 1933 and Cornell College in 1938 with a B.A in Elementary Education. She took some courses at The University of Colorado and later received her masters’ degree in Elementary Education from Columbia University in New York City in 1945.

Her Career as a teacher started in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. She was paid about $900.00 per year. She taught grade school and kindergarten at the Lyons Schools, and from 1945 thru 1959, she taught Kindergarten at Jefferson Grade School in Clinton. Jean was known as “Miss Lollich” to over 600 Kindergarten Children.

Jean was a member of the Community Congregational Church in Lyons, and later the First Presbyterian Church in Clinton. She was active in many organizations when she was younger; Church Circles, P.E.O. Chapter FI, AAUW, YWCA, Delta, Kappa Gamma Society, and more.

She was known as the “Cookie Lady” to many small children in the 700 and 800 Blocks of Fourth Ave South. She had a nickname for most of the Children that rang the door bell. The rule was no more than one cookie per day.

She enjoyed China Painting, writing poetry and short stories, reading, playing her organ, traveling, and telling stories about the children she taught over the years. One of her favorites was when she had about twenty-five children in line at the drinking fountain. Suddenly this five-year-old boy ran to the front of the line and got a drink. She asked him why he did not take his turn and he told her that Jesus told him to. She said that had no come back for that one.

Mother Jean is survived by two children, three grandchildren, and eight great great grandchildren, a daughter Judy Granquist and Husband Tom of Orlando, Florida, and their three children, Kris Pileggi and her husband Nick of Winter Springs, Florida, and their three children Amanda, Courtney, and Stephanie, Marcy Alford and husband Marlin of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Jeff Granquist and wife Cindy of Tallahasee, Florida, and their two children Lauren and Taber, and a son Leonard Warner and his wife Karen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Jean is also survived by a nephew Jim Lollich of Port Orange, Florida, a sister-in-law Fern Warner of Clinton, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles, her mother and father, a brother G. Allen Lollich and his wife Elizabeth and many other relatives.

Her mother once told her that if you get into a situation that you would rather not be in, and can’t do anything about it at the time, make the best of it. This is what Mother Jean Lollich Warner did.

Jean Lollich Warner

Clinton, IA

June 22, 1916-October 21, 2007