Jeannine Catherine Call
Jeannine Catherine Call was born to Augustine and Catherine Depperschmidt on July 25, 1931 in Park, Kansas. Jeannine was the eldest of 4 children. Jeannie was a teacher early in her life in Wichita, Ks. where she met William D. Call, whom she would marry in early 1954. They had 10 children together before divorcing in 1976. After the divorce, she returned to the school at Fort Hays State, earning a master’s degree in special education. Shortly after returning to teaching, she changed direction and began a new career, eventually becoming a mechanical engineer in pharmaceutical companies, first in Hays, Ks. and then Phoenix, Arizona, leaving that trade and returning to Hays in 1999.
She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Hays, volunteered at the library and belonged to a quilting club.
She faced the harsh realities of life and did whatever it took to take care of her children and her future so that she was never dependent on anyone! Jeannine had great integrity, great faith and was determined to control her own destiny. She carried throughout her life a deep love of teaching, reading, research, learning new insightful information and gardening. Her garden was always full of all kinds of flowers, fruit trees and vegetable patches. Not one to worry about traveling a lot, she had hundreds of pounds to take her wherever she wanted without ever leaving home. She was deeply compassionate, loving and humorous, very direct and a superbly wonderful human being. She had a deep passion and joie de vivre. She didn’t know a stranger and loved everything she encountered. She deeply loved and raised her 10 children amidst many challenges and loved not only her own children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but included many, many others in her family. also wrapped in her love and heart, and they happily called her. mom too.
In her 90 years of life, mum has crossed many paths and chosen various nicknames including JC, but in recent years most have known her as Granny, although there have been a few cases also a reference to the cartoon character “Maxine”. If you knew her, you would easily see the resemblance in looks and attitude and the occasional comments…
Jeannine was most satisfied when she was with her large and extended family, when she was digging through her collections of books and photos of family and friends, researching the genealogy of her family’s ancestry and sharing it with others and strolling in his yard and garden.
Jeannine is predeceased by her mother and father, “Katie” and “Gus” Depperschmidt, her sister Wanda Depperschmidt and her brother, Danny Depperschmidt. She is survived by her brother Tom Depperschmidt, Oakley, KS and her children: David (Dona) Call of Yates Center, KS, Mike (Alaina) Call of Sedgwick KS, Dan (Ellie) Call of Chanute, KS, Rick (Ellen ) Hays Call, KS, Mary (Wayne) Magley of Monument, KS, Larry (Diann) Haysville Call KS, Joe (Paula) Wichita Call, KS, Suzy (Al) Jacobsen of Lawrence, KS, Jim Hays Call , KS, Angie (Ed) Needham of Mulvane KS, 31 grandchildren and their spouses, 44 great-grandchildren and their spouses and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Jeannie was deeply loved and highly esteemed. She will be greatly missed. Her love, her laughter, her hugs, her joy, her passion and her zest for life are the living legacies that carry over to future generations of this family.
At Jeannine Call’s request, no performance will take place. She will be buried next to her mother and father at St. Joseph Cemetery in Oakley, Ks.
Arrangements are being made by Wulf-Ast Mortuary in Garden Plain, Ks.