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Obituary: Jeanne Hettenbach

April 19, 1949 – January 6, 2018

Jeanne Hettenbach, 68, of Jerome, Idaho, passed away surrounded by her family on the morning of Saturday, January 6, 2018 at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Hospital in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Jeanne was born in Vancouver, Washington on April 19, 1949 to Donald Calhoun and Izetta Hardin. She was the second of three children. She had an older sister Donna Calhoun and a younger sister Linda Powell. Her mother soon divorced and remarried to Dan Hardin who already had a son, Sidney Hardin. Dan and Ike raised them in Buhl Idaho where she graduated from Buhl High School in 1967.

Jeanne Calhoun met and married her first husband Ronald Hite in December, 1967. Together they had three children, Daecon (Cherree) Hite, Dana (Preston) Martinez, Derrick (Crystal) Hite but soon divorced after their third child was born. Jeanne went on to meet Jack Hettenbach which was the love of her life; they married in December 1980 in Buhl, Idaho. Jack also had three children from a prior marriage that Jeanne loved, Shelli (Mike Velly) Stewart, Jack (Mike Spears) and Rick (Kim) Hettenbach.

Jeanne was a baker for Smith’s Food and Drug, first in Jerome, Idaho then in Twin Falls, Idaho where she finally retired. Jeanne was an excellent cook, as any of her family and friends will attest to, and spent her time enjoying her family. Jeanne also enjoyed reading her whole life and encouraged it in her children who became lifelong readers. She also collected salt and pepper shakers and would brighten a room with her laugh. Jeanne was always trying new arts and crafts and crocheting. She could be headstrong yet always willing to listen to your side of the story but if she did not agree with you, you can bet she would let you know all about it.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her mother, Izetta Hardin; and her husband Jack Hettenbach. She is survived by her father, Dan Hardin; all of her children; 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren – with another on the way soon.

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In lieu of flowers, Jeanne asked that you not spend the money and would instead like you to hug your family members and keep them in your hearts.

A graveside service is to be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Sunset Memorial Park in Twin Falls.

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