Regina “Jean” Mary Birchmier, 75, of Cantril, Iowa passed away with family by her side on May 1, 2023, at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center.
Jean was born on September 19, 1947, in Oskaloosa, Iowa to Paul and Mary (Hammes) Webb. She was the oldest of seven children and lived on the family farm in Sigourney, Iowa.
Jean attended 8 years at Plank #9 County School and graduated from Sigourney High School in 1966. She went on to receive her AA from Ottumwa Heights in 1968. After college she worked as a med tech at the Keokuk County Home and later worked as a bookkeeper at Ideal Manufacturing and as a home health aid for the Department of Health and Human Services until she married.
Jean married Ernest Birchmier on August 7th, 1976,at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sigourney, Iowa. He survives.
The Birchmiers made their home on a farm in Cantril, Iowa. Their only child, Mary, was born in October 1978. Jean worked on the farm and was also the Fox Valley School board secretary for 19 years. Later she worked as an office manger at Van Buren County Hospital until she retired to the farm.
Throughout her life she was active in 4-H, Pork Producers, Ladies Guild, Legion auxillary, Milton Herritage Society, Cantril library, and in many other volunteer capacities. She enjoyed baking cakes for others, cooking, gardening, sewing, quilting, reading, bird watching, puzzles, playing cards with friends, genealogy, and travel. Together, Jean and Ernie traveled to all 50 United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, and Europe. They also enjoyed hosting foreign exchange students and had several over the years. Antti Ukura was one student they hosted and they were able to visit him and his family in Finland in 1995.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her granddaughter, Regina Teresa Huff.
Jean is survived by her husband of 46 years, Ernie; her daughter, Mary (Allen) Huff of Bondurant, Iowa; brothers: Ed (Joyce) Webb, Charles (Joyce) Webb, Tom (Vickie) Webb, John (Jona) Webb; sisters: Janis (Ron) Collins and Mary Kay (Dick) Shepherd; and her grandchildren: Ashley, Jace and Caleb Huff.