Jean Hantz Obituary

Jean  Hantz
Jean Hantz

February 13, 1928 - May 19, 2015
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Jean Smith Hantz, 87, passed away Tuesday afternoon, May 19, 2015 at Methodist West Hospital in West Des Moines.

Jean Elizabeth Smith was born February 13, 1928 to Don and Jean Smith. She grew up in Des Moines and graduated from Roosevelt High School, Class of 1946. After graduation, Jean attended and graduated from University of Iowa. She also attended Drake University, where she met her husband, Jack Smith. After Jack's death, Jean met and married Herb Hantz. She loved her home in Windsor Heights and lived there over 35 years until moving to Deerfield Retirement Community almost three years ago.

Jean taught art and English in the Des Moines School system for 18 years. She was involved in many community activities including Living History Farms and American Association of University Women. She was a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Des Moines.

Jean is survived by her niece, Judy (Tom) Allen; great niece Mandy (Tim) Ives; great-nephew Marshall Allen; cousin Barbara Clark; great-great nieces Lydia and Eden Ives; great-great nephews Isaiah and Israel Ives; and many other friends.

Jean was a true friend and loved her family and extended family very much. One of her favorite sayings was, "Family means everything." She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

A private family burial is planned at Masonic Cemetery in Des Moines. Memorial contributions may be given to Living History Farms in Jean's name.







Living History Farms
2600 NW 111st Street
Urbandale, IA 50322