Jane Christine Breitsprecker, 52, of Dubuque, passed away on June 7, 2019, at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital.
Visitation will be held from 3 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2019, with services following immediately thereafter, at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.
Jane was born on June 19, 1966, at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa, Iowa, the daughter of John and Karis (Ketelsen) Kozak. She graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1984 and attended Kirkwood Community College. She married Mark William Breitsprecker on April 20, 2002, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa.
Jane worked as a Certified Nursing Aide, and was a manager at Fashion Crossroads in her earlier years in Maquoketa. She also was a Physical Therapy Technician at Bruce Pauls in Maquoketa and Medical Associates in Dubuque. She also worked part-time at Junction 21 in Peosta, Iowa.
Jane loved her family and friends deeply. She sent numerous cards to everyone, never forgetting anyone’s birthday, anniversary or special occasion. She loved the outdoors, enjoying camping, fishing and traveling to new places to explore. She loved to go antiquing and enjoyed NASCAR. She also enjoyed playing cards and doing crafts, and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.
She cherished the time spent with her family, especially at the cabin in Bellevue, Iowa. She also hosted many gatherings and opened her home to everyone. Jane was the glue that kept her graduating class of 1984 close. She organized numerous class luncheons and reunions. She spent a lot of her life helping and caring for others, visiting friends and family in the nursing home.
She is survived by her husband, Mark; her mother, Karis (Ketelsen) Dietz; and step-father, Charles Dietz, of Maquoketa; her sister, Anne Kozak, of Claremore, Okla.; step-brothers, Craig (Scarlet) Dietz, of Maquoketa, and Cory (Cheryl) Dietz, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; uncles and aunts, David and Carol Ketelsen, of Maquoketa, and Lane Ketelsen, of Chicago; mother-in-law, Juliann (Manders) Breitsprecker; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gerald and Judith Breitsprecker, John and Heidi Breitsprecker, Doug and Lisa Breitsprecker, Deborah and Barry Ruden, Cindy and Randy Schrobilgen, Cathleen Breitsprecker, Laura and Jerry Heiderscheit and Dianne Hohman. Also surviving are many of Jean’s nieces, nephews and cousins that she loved deeply, including her fur-babies, Charlie and Tate.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Kozak; her aunt, Joan Kozak Hunt; grandparents, Charles and Marcella Kozak, and Kelon and Evelyne Ketelsen; and her father-in-law, Gerald Breitsprecker.