Jean Catherine (Montgomery) Ollman (1923-2019)
Monticello, IN-Jean Catherine (Montgomery) Ollman, age 96, of Monticello, Indiana, died onSaturday, December 14 at 5:15 p.m. at her home with many family members at her side.Born February 2, 1923 in Genoa, Illinois, Jean was the daughter of Mary (Walker) Montgomeryand Glenn Montgomery.
On August 8, 1939, Jean married her soulmate, Edward C. Ollman Jr. He preceded her in death on August 4, 2017. They treasured and honored each other every day of their married life. Jean and Edward were northern Illinois dairy farmers. They lived, owned, and operated the Ollmann homestead farm, the home where Edwards grandparents raised their ten children.
Jean played an active role in farm operations. When Edward was stricken with polio, shehelped milk the cows to keep the farm sustainable, even though the farm was quarantined. Shehelped bale hay and did many other farm chores.
She was a member of the Genoa (Illinois) Trinity Lutheran Church where she served for manyyears with the Ladies Aide group. Jean was a member of the Kingston (Illinois) HomeExtension Group. She and Edward were members of the Illinois Farm Bureau in DeKalbCounty.
In 2001, Jean and Edward moved to Monticello, Indiana. She was a member of St. MatthewsLutheran Church in Delphi, Indiana.
Jean was an avid reader. She was a collector of knowledge. She loved history and geography.She had a razor-sharp memory and could recall facts on numerous subjects. Daily, she read anewspaper, watched the world news, and completed a crossword puzzle.With Edward, she enjoyed traveling and had the opportunity to travel extensively in the UnitedStates. She and Edward also traveled abroad. They especially enjoyed Italy, Paris andGermany.
Jean was a master gardener, without ever attending a class. She worked tirelessly to makeflower gardens enhance the world around her. On the family farm, she had a tulip garden withhundreds of tulips. On her Bluff Street home, she continued to garden until the end of this pastgrowing season.
She enjoyed knitting. She made dishcloths, almost daily, and delighted in sharing them withfamily and friends. She was a great cook and her children and grandchildren each had theirfavorites. Her family was always her highest priority.
Jean enjoyed sports. The Chicago Bears, Bulls and Cubs were her teams. In recent years, shebecame an Indiana Pacers fan, rarely missing a game. She not only enjoyed watching sports,she understood the games. She created her own NBA "Dream Team."
Jean is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Peter) Nutley, Janet (Joe) Dold, son-in-law, RexFreter; sister, Margaret, "Maggie" (Edward) Cain; sister-in-law, Carolyn (John) Montgomery;brother-in-law, Edward (Jess) Pomazal, and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.
Jeans grandchildren include Christopher (Kelly) Dold, Joseph (Sandy) Dold, Jennifer (Grant)MacLennan, Cindy Nutley, Rebecca (Jeff) Milligan, Stephen (Angela Lombardo) Dold, Kim(David Bruns) Freter, Kelly Freter, Sarah (Marcus) Dold-Welsh, and Zachary (Lucy) Dold.
Jean and Edward have 24 great grandchildren, including those who are in heaven.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 78 years, her siblings: Jess Montgomery Pomazal, John(Jack) Montgomery, James William (Bill) Montgomery and infant brother, Glenn EdwardMontgomery; her daughter, Dr. Donna Jean Freter; son-in-law Dr. Peter H. Nutley;granddaughter, Dawn Marie Freter; great grandson, Lucas Edward Alan Welsh and greatgranddaughter, Faith Elise Dold.
The family would like to thank Pastor John Westfall, his wife, Barb, and the St. MatthewsLutheran Church family for their continuous prayers and support. We would like to thank the IUHealth Hospice team for their exceptional care and compassion, especially Valerie Little, RN.
A Memorial Visitation is scheduled on Sunday, December 22 from noon until 1:30 p.m. atSpringer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home, 202 S. Illinois Street, Monticello. A Celebration of LifeService will begin at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor John Westfall of St. Matthews Lutheran Churchofficiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Community Foundation ofWhite Countys Faith Elise Dold Memorial Fund. Donations may be given or mailed toSpringer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home, 202 S. Illinois Street, Monticello, IN 47960.