W. Jean Lowe, 94, of Charleston, IL, formerly of Bridgeport, IL, left this world surrounded by friends and loved ones at her home on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. Visitation will be held from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Monday, March 6, 2023 at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston, Illinois. Private family burial will be held in the Shiloh Cemetery in Bridgeport, Illinois.
Memorials in her honor may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church (memo) Rachel the Comfort Dog and left at the visitation or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
Jean was born on October 18, 1928 in Olney, IL, the daughter and only child of Martin & Helen Wetterow.
After graduating from Eastern Illinois University, Jean taught art classes in Bridgeport, IL and Brownsburg, IN before coming to Charleston to stay in 1959. She retired from Charleston High School in 1993 after teaching art for 34 years, sponsoring the yearbook, being an ally to many of her students, and setting many kids straight with her no-nonsense approach to life.
A dedicated teacher, she was a member of the National Education Association, and the Charleston Education Association for many years.
Jean's favorite art medium was pottery, although she would create colorful art in many forms, including knitting. There was no craft project she couldn’t tackle. She enjoyed a wide variety of music from Black Sabbath to Kenny G and would often host dinner parties to share her excellent cooking skills with friends.
She was known as a woman with great strength of character, fond of her cats and Dobermans, a cultivated world traveler who loved fast cars, as well as gardening and bird watching. She had a love for wearing jewelry and Birkenstocks, the more unique the better! An enthusiastic gun owner, she was also a lifetime member of Ducks Unlimited.
Jean is survived by her cousins Art & Dessa Nielsen, Nic & Jessi Nielsen and their children of Lancaster, SC. As well as special friends J.B. & Michelle Faires a.k.a. “The Kids,” David & Dottye and daughter Maura Shepherd, Jerry & Susan Hanfland, Laurel Hankins, Don Starwalt, lifelong friend Charlene Crews and family, and many more. She was preceded in death by her parents and cousin, Gregg Robbins.
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