Jeanette J. Houston
May 8, 1937 - February 2, 2019

Jeanette Justice MHS 1955

Visitation: February 6 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Huebner Funeral Home - Denison
Service: February 7 10:30 AM United Methodist Church, Dow City
Burial: Dow City Cemetery
Huebner Funeral Home in charge of services


Obituary for Jeanette J. Houston
Visitation: February 6 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Huebner Funeral Home - Denison
Service: February 7 10:30 AM United Methodist Church, Dow City
Burial: Dow City Cemetery

Jeanette June Houston was born May 8, 1937, in Botna, Iowa, the daughter of George and Bernice (Schroeder) Justice. She passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa, at the age of eighty-one.

Jeanette received her education in the Manning Community Schools and was a graduate of Manning High School with the class of 1955. She continued her education in 1956 at a beauty school in Des Moines. Jeanette began her cosmetology career in a beauty shop in the hotel in Dow City.

On May 4, 1958, she was united in marriage to Thomas Houston and the couple was blessed with the birth of seven children. The family moved to Council Bluffs in1969 and moved back to Dow City in 1973. Jeanette was so happy to be back in Dow City as she loved Dow City and the people in it. She loved fixing hair and catching up on all the gossip around town. She began working at the Dow City School in the 1990s and loved feeding all the kids and making homemade cinnamon rolls.

Jeanette was a member of the Dow City Methodist Church and the Eastern Star. In her leisure time, she enjoyed going to the casino, playing cards especially Euchre, reading Harlequin romance novels and socializing with the ladies. She loved having company and was particularly fond of her "apartment family" after moving from Dow City to Denison. She was also an excellent pie baker. Jeanette was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and truly enjoyed raising her children.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tom in 2014; and one brother, Dennis. Survivors include: seven children: Tom and wife, Vicki; Carmen and husband, Don; Norman and wife, Maria; Lori; Jon; Michael and wife, Traci; and Alison and husband, Doug; fourteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; siblings: Roger; Wayne and wife, Arlene; Joann; Keith; Jolene and husband, Bud; and Lynn; special family friend, Randy; other relatives and friends.


Page 131 of the Manning Schools History book

Jefferson No. 2

Back: Pete Petersen, Adele Gray, Dick Clark, Sue Ann Clark, Merlin Ramsey
Middle: Lynn Clark, Dick McConnell, Cheral Andresen, John Petersen, Jeanette Justice
Front: Marlene Otto, Roger Justice, Roger Petersen, Merlin Otto, Richard Loftus

1955 MHS graduates: Sandra Anderson, Bonnie Brus, Larry Christensen, Lynn Clark, Kenneth Dammann, Merlin Drees, Eunice Eich, Phillip Enenbach, George Eschenbacher, Dennis Fischer, Betty Foley, Ronald Frahm, Russell Frank, Donald Froyd, Joycelyn Genzen, Thomas Grau, Janis Groteluschen (valedictorian), Peggy Grundmeier, Robert Hagedorn, Shirley Hansen, Marion Hargens, Janice Hodne, Ronald Irlbeck, Sally Juels, Jeanette Justice, James Kasperbauer, Shannon Koon, Eustace Lake, Allan Lamaack, LaVonne Lohmeier, Alan Lorenzen, Edwin McConnell, Mary Alice Mohr, Lauron Musfeldt, Beverly Nielsen (salutatorian), Jane Opperman, Marlene Otto, Kathleen Ploog, Louise Polking, Delores Puck, James Ramsey, Daryle Rowedder, Carol Rowedder, Shirley Ruhde, Burton Sander, Margaret Schroeder, Verna Singsank, Mary Stangl, William Stein, Larry Thomssen, Lois Vennink, Clifford Vinke, Judith Vollmer, Dale Vollstedt, Phillip Zerwas

1955 former students: Clark Addison, Lois Armentrout, Jerold Barten, Susan Brandt, Sally Christensen, Delores Davis, Carol Fuller, Letty Fuss, LuEtta Gehlsen, Margaret Gensler, Duane Hansen, Patty Hansen, LaRue Hodne, Mary Kennedy, Marsha Kuhl, Jackie Lee, Clifford Letty, Ann Littell, Janet Martens, Ronald Masters, Kathryn Nollen, David Olbertz, Mary Ann Peters, Norman Pieper, Mark Ramsey, Gene Rostermundt, Gregory Schurer, Sondra Spicer, Janice Stein, Patricia Volquartsen, James Williams

1954 Junior Class play "Meet Corliss Archer"
Back: Jane Opperman, Mary Stangl, Bonnie Brus, Carol Rowedder, Lois Vennink, Jeanette Justice, Louise Polking
Front: Bill Stein, Lynn Clark, Dale Vollstedt

November 19, 1953 Spotlite
Junior Class Gave "Corliss Archer," Friday
Friday evening the junior class presented "Meet Corliss Archer" under the direction of Bill Robinson. At 8 o'clock the curtain opened to the strains of "My One and Only Heart." Whose heart is that, I wonder? Corliss's?

The entire plot of the play revolved about the trials and tribulations of a teenage girl, Corliss Archer, who was very ably portrayed by Janis Groteluschen. Mr. Archer, her father, was excellently played by Lynn Clark and Louise Polking was simply terrific as Mrs. Archer. Jane Opperman was very good as Louise, the Archer's maid, Mildred, Corliss best friend, was finely portrayed; by Carol Rowedder, and Bill Stein was absolutely tremendous as Dexter Franklin. Mr. and Mrs. Franklin were played by Dale Vollstedt and Bonnie Brus, Mary Helen Stangl was adequately hysterical as Cousin Agnes, Betty, another girl friend, was capably played by Lois Vennink. The doctor and the nurse were portrayed by Merlin Drees and Jeanette Justice. The student director was Kathleen Ploog.

It seemed Corliss Archer was quite bored with every-day life so, with the help of Mildred, decided to change the neural course of events by making up stories to put in Corliss' diary. To complicate matters, Cousin Agnes came to visit, read the diary, and believed every word of it. The results that followed were hilarious and the ending was very appropriate to a teenage girl.

Between acts the entertainment was furnished by Betty Foley who played a flute solo, "Sonata No. 2," accompanied by Mrs. Dorothy Groteluschen. Shirley Ruhde sang "My Hero" and "With a Song in My Heart"' accompanied by Alice Ahrendsen.

All in all, the play was excellently cast and presented superbly. Mr. Robinson should be given a well-deserved pat on the back for his fine production.
By: Alice Ahrendsen

1954 Homecoming - MHS 1955

Back: Lois (Vennink) Frahm, Bonnie (Brus) Lorenzen, Shirley Ruhde, Jeanette Justice, Bonnie Lohmeier
Front: Nicholas Dappen, Queen Carol Rowedder, Noreen Eich

1953 Jr. Sr. Prom Sophomores waiters and waitresses

Back: Lois Frahm, Jeanette Justice, Bonnie Lohmeier, Judy Vollmer, Bonnie Brus
Front: Lynn Clark, Phillip Zerwas, Donald Froyd, Ronald Frahm, Eustace "Junior" Lake

1953 Prom waitresses

Jeanette Justice, Bonnie Brus, LaVonne (Bonnie) Lohmeier, Lois Vennink

1955 Algebra class

Back: Sally Juels, Mary Stangl, Bonnie Brus, Jeanette Justice
Second: Lois Vennink, Betty Foley, Ann Littell, Carol Rowedder, Verna Singsank, Margaret Schroeder, Sondra Spicer?
Front: Louise Polking, Marlene Otto, Shirley Ruhde, Beverly Nielsen, Janis Groteluschen, Judith Vollmer, Susan Brandt?

1952 Freshman Homeroom B
Back: LaRue Hodne, Lynn Clark, Dick McConnell, Ron Frahm, Eustice "Junior" Lake, Duane Hansen, Lauren Musfeldt, Marlene Otto, Mary Alice Mohr
Middle: Jeanette Justice, Peggy Grundmeier, Kathryn Nollen, Joycelyn Genzen, Ann Littell, Sondra Spicer, Delores Puck, Verna Singsank, Janice Hodne, Daryle Rowedder
Front: Letty Fuss, Kenneth "Red" Dammann, Eunice Eich, Kathleen Ploog, Marion Hargens, Thomas Grau, Shannon Koon, Susan Brandt, LuEtta Gehlsen

Some school notes


To all classmates and schoolmates of Jeanette...
You may or may not be amazed at the number of pictures I have of Jeanette.
The thing basically no one realizes is that my huge database of Manning school pictures came from just a few Manning students who had other schoolmates and classmates in their collections, scrapbooks, and boxes of stuff and let me scan them.
I know there are a lot more Manning school pictures and history out there and unless I get them, the vast majority will end up getting thrown away someday by a relative who inherits them, so that history will be lost forever...Once in my database it can and will be digitally preserved in libraries and museums.

So if you want your old Manning pix and history preserved long after we are all gone, then contact me so I can get them to scan and add to the Manning Historical Database.

The more history I get scanned, the more I can feature on my web pages.

I realize that some people don't like to look at old pictures of themselves or from their era because it makes them feel old.
Trust me, we are all getting older whether or not these pictures exist, and whether or not I post them on my web pages.

George Ralph Justice

George Ralph Justice, son of Ralph and Alta (Chamberlain) Justice, was born February 22, 1916, near Defiance. He grew to adulthood on his parents' farm in rural Manilla and received his education in the rural school.

June 24, 1936, he married Bernice Schroeder. They made their home in the Botna area. Eight children were born to this union, Jeanette, Roger, Wayne, Keith, Joleen, Dennis, Lynn, and Joann.

He farmed near Botna until 1942 at which time he bought the Botna Store and also went into the trucking business. In 1968 he sold the business to his son, Wayne and at this time started working for Western Engineering Company out of Harlan. He had been in failing health since 1986. He was residing in the Little Flower Haven Rest Home in Earling before his death at Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan, November 5, 1991, at age 75 years, 8 months, and 14 days.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dennis in 1949; a grandson, Rodney in 1971; two brothers, Kenneth and Earl Justice; and in 1989, by Bernice, the mother of his children.

He is survived by seven children, Jeanette (Tom) Houston of Dow City; Roger Justice (Kay) of Omaha, Nebraska; Wayne Justice (Arlene) of Botna; Keith Justice (Joan) of Minden; Joleen (Bud) Bandow of Minden; Lynn Justice of Minden, and Joann Bengford of Denison; 21 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; five brothers, Harold Justice (Anna) of Carroll; Amos Justice (Arlene) of Rogers, Arkansas; Clifford Justice (Frances) of Irwin; Russell Justice (Darlene) of Irwin and Howard Justice (Norma) of Ankeny; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Marian Justice of Denison and by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held November 8, 1991, at the Ohde Funeral Home in Manning with Rev. Robert Chamberlain, officiating. Burial was in the Manning City Cemetery. Casketbearers were Wes Dammann, Norman Houston, Todd Justice, Mark Croghan, Mike Houston, and Travis Justice. Ohde Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


George Justice trucking - Botna


Wayne & Arlene Justice


Lynn Justice - MHS 1970


Roger Kuhl & Dale Ehlers with their teacher, Marian Justice at Hayes No. 8

Marian Justice with student Kenneth Boell


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