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“My parents Phil and Ethel Shore and Olga, Carmen and Jean shared meals together during the Depression. Jean made a lovely Bridesmaid at my Wedding on...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Madge Shore Franklin - MT

“Dear Matt, Michael and Michelle, My heart goes out to you in the loss of your dear mother. I only learned last week of her battle with cancer. We...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Marilyn Albers Beckman - Moline, IL

“Dear Gau Family and David, I just read about Jean and you have my deepest sympathy. I worked with Jean in the Marketing Department at Northwestern...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Susan (Konnath) Waterman - IA

“I just found out about jeans calling home to Jesus! im very deeply saddened and shocked. I volunteered with jean when I was a student at alleman. I...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Nicole gibson - friend

“For you, Dave, and Family My thoughts and prayers. Blessings, Marian (Punky) McHale ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Marian (Punky) Michel McHale - CA

“My dear Jean. I will miss you greatly. Your stories, your smile and our Monday night Swiss steak when I'm in town. Much love always. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Christie McClurg - Corning, NY

“Michelle, we are very sorry for your loss and know that prayers are in progress for you and your family as you go through this sad time. God bless...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Joan Bollaert and Family - Moline, IL

“Michelle so sorry to hear of your families' loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Pete DeBisschop Family ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Pete DeBisschop Family - Moline, IL

“I was very fortunate to meet Jean at an Alleman High School football game when my son played for Alleman. Jean was a terrific woman and we had many...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Anita McKnight - Milan, IL

“I first met Jean when I transferred from Oklahoma to NWB Marketing in 1973. She was a great mentor to me; always helping me not only with my job...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Sandy Fedler - LeClaire, IA

“She was always happy to see people no matter how busy she seemed. She will be greatly missed. Many prayers will be offered. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Douglas Noe - Moline, IL

“Jean was a friend that helped everyone. Even me, who she did not know well. I will remember her friendship. Glenda Vyncke ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Jim and Glenda Vyncke - Andover, IL

“Jean was very special to me and so much more than a cousin. I will never forget her. She had a very big heart and I loved her very very much. Rest...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Janine Moffitt - Rock Island, IL

“Jean and I have been dear friends for many years. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who dearly loved her family. Our deepest sympathy...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Dee & Frank Bailey - Mesa, AZ


Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Jean P. Gau, 77, a resident of Davenport, will be 9:00 a.m. Monday, December 3, 2012 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation is 1-4 p.m. today (Sunday) at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, with a prayer service at 1:00 p.m. Jean died Friday, November 30, 2012 at the Kahl Home, Davenport following a courageous two year battle with cancer.
Jean Frances Petre was born November 25, 1935 in Davenport, Iowa the daughter of Carson Carl and Olga Hedwig (Peterson) Petre. She was united in marriage to Joseph Herman Gau on February 2, 1957 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Davenport. He preceded her in death December 26, 2000. Following his death she married David Westemeyer August 16, 2003 at Holy Family in Davenport. Jean was a proud member of the first class at Rock Island Alleman High School in 1949 and a graduate of Davenport High in 1953.
Jean had been employed with "Ma Bell" for over 35 years retiring in 1993.
Jean was a member of Holy Family Church and the Telephone Pioneers. For the past 14 years she volunteered in the Development Office at Alleman High School and considered it a labor of love. She was honored to work with students and staff and to cheer for the Pioneers. She loved spending time with her family, especially following the grandkids with their many school and sporting events.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alleman High School, Holy Family Church or Assumption High School.
Survivors include her children, Matthew (Janet) Gau, Davenport, Michael (Kathleen) Gau, Lake St. Louis, MO, and Michelle Gau, Moline; 6 grandchildren, Daniel (Kim), Jennifer (John) Korch, JoAnna (Jeff) Miller, Ryan, Alyssa and Patrick; 7 great-grandchildren, Caleb, Carter, Addison, Alexia, Tabitha, Maverick and Marcus; and her husband David. Her sister and brother-in-law, Carmen (Ralph) Weigandt, Derby, KS and brother-in-law, Donald (Darlene) Gau, Davenport; and her aunt Dorothy "Sue" Peterson Witherspoon; as well as numerous loving nieces, nephews and her Alleman High School family. Her family extends a heartfelt thank you to the staffs at the Kahl Home and Hospice Compassus for their loving and compassionate care during her final weeks.