Jeannia J. Bressler

Jeannia J. Bressler, 75, of Winside, died Saturday, May 4, 2019 at a hospital in Sioux City, Iowa.

Memorial services will be held Friday, May 10 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Winside. Memorial visitation will be held Thursday, May 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Winside.

Memorials may be directed to the Bressler family for later designation.

Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.

Jeannia Jo Bressler was born Aug. 8, 1943 in Shenandoah, Iowa to Raleigh and Mary Jo (Catterson) Hebert and raised in Bassett and Ainsworth. She graduated from Nebraska Western School of Practical Nursing School (Scottsbluff) with her Licensed Practical Nursing Degree and from Bellevue University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Management. Jeannia worked as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for over 20 years in Ainsworth and Emerson.  Jeannia married Rod Bressler on March 5, 1992. The two started First Step, Inc to provide housing and a day rehabilitation site for consumers with severe and persist mental illness. From there, R Way was created, a non-profit corporation involving Kirkwood House, The Job Site, and The Community Mental Health and Wellness Clinic. Throughout its almost 30 years in operation R Way and First Step Inc. made a difference in a countless number of lives. Jeannia and Rod moved to Winside two years ago from a farm house just south of Laurel. She has always enjoyed reading Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen, Brule, being outside, gardening, and getting her hands in the dirt. Most recently she enjoyed social media and connecting with others via Facebook. Jeannia was passionate and cared dearly for her family. She always enjoyed when they would be able to host family gatherings and would look on with joy as her great-grandchildren played.

Survivors include her husband, Rod Bressler of Winside; daughter, Michelle Carlson of Winside; granddaughters, Donya (Matt) Topp and Jade Bottger; grandsons, Brock Carlson and  Justin (Lauren) Tullberg; great-grandchildren, Tayven, Braelynn, and Gunnar.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raleigh, Mary Jo, and step-father, Wallace Curtis; and son, Gary Bottger in 2017.

Honorary pallbearers will be  Jeannia and Rod’s great-grandchildren.

The Wayne Herald

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