The former Regine Margaret Herrmann was born June 16, 1924, on a farm south of Marcus, the daughter of George and Margaret (Wendt) Herrmann. She lived most of her life in Plymouth County and attended rural school. In 1941, during World War II, she completed training in Sioux City for a government job and became employed at Keyport, Wash., at a Naval Station where she worked on torpedos in the flask department, also water testing retrieval, dock testing the trial runs and some bookkeeping in her department. She also attended night classes to complete her education. Her memorabilia and exhibits are on display at the Historic Ford Assembly Building in Richmond, Calif.
Jean returned to Le Mars in 1946 because her father and sister were in ill health and she was needed at home. There she worked for Wells' Dairy and Kohout Cap Factory.
She married Reinard "Reine" Joseph Dreckman June 21, 1949, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. In 1964 they became owners and operators of Dreckman Taxi Service for 15 years and later she was the Le Mars Bus Depot agent for four years.
Jean was a longtime member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, the Church Guild, Christian Mothers Society and Catholic Daughters of America, Court Santa Maria #179.
She enjoyed every moment spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She also enjoyed working with her nephew, Gene Kempers, on family geneology.
Survivors include her husband, Reine Dreckman of Le Mars; two daughters: La Vonne and her husband, Dan Brownmiller of Le Mars, and Janice and her husband, Roger Goss of Sioux City; a son, Randall Dreckman and his wife, Renee of Zearing; eight grandchildren: Bart Brownmiller and his wife, Angie of Remsen, Brian Brownmiller and special friend, Jessica Lingren of Le Mars, Dawn Brownmiller of Le Mars, Sheila and her husband, Corey Dumdei of Sioux Falls, S.D., Amy Goss of North Sioux City, S.D., Dr. Ryan Goss and Hilary of Omaha, Neb., Jessica and her husband, Nic Frank of Ankeny, and Kristina Dreckman of Richmond, Va.; great-grandchildren: Alexandria, Britteny and Damen Brownmiller, Cory and Kaiden Goss, Ethan and Zachary Dumdei, and Cason Goss; many nieces and nephews; and a special first cousin, Nancy and her husband, Dennis Norman of Torrence, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Henrietta Herrmann and Ann Korver; her first husband Kenneth Kempers; a brother, John, and his wife Annie Herrmann; a brother-in-law, Bill Korver; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Kevin Richter officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m.Thursday at the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars, where there will be a combined rosary by the Christian Mothers and Catholic Daughters at 4 p.m. and a scriptural wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume on Friday morning at St. Joseph's Church for one hour prior to the Funeral Mass.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.