Erla Jeanne Singer, daughter of William and Nica Fay Corkery, was born November 24, 1929, at Clarion, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wadena. She graduated from Wadena High School and later attended Upper Iowa University where she received her B.A. and M.A. degrees.
On December 27, 1967, she was united in marriage with Gene W. Singer at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wadena. Jeanne taught country school for a time prior to teaching many years in the North Fayette School System. She retired from full time teaching in the late 1980’s, but continued to substitute for several years during her retirement.
Following a brief illness, Jeanne’s death occurred at her home in Fayette on Monday, October 17, 2011. She was eighty-one years old and a longtime member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fayette. She had also been a member of the Legion Auxiliary in Oelwein and Delta Kappa Gamma, a sorority for teachers.
Jeanne is survived by one son, John (Doreen) Singer of Aurora, Colorado; one daughter, Jeanne (Steve) Scott of Jersey City, New Jersey; and six brothers, William (Marilyn) Corkery of Coggon, Charles (IlaLee) Corkery of Manchester, Ellis Corkery of Lisbon, Timothy Corkery of Wadena, Paul (Beverly) Corkery of Dysart, and Steven (Kathy) Corkery of Wadena.
She was preceded in death by her husband of thirty-seven years, Gene in 2004; her parents; three sisters, Barbara Vincent, Jane Wheeler, and her twin sister, Joanna; and one brother, Gregory, who died in infancy.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 22, 2011, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fayette with Rev. Jim Brokman officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery in Fayette. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 21, 2011, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette where there will be a rosary recited at 4:00 pm. on Friday. Friends may also call for one hour preceding Mass at the church on Saturday. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette is in charge of arrangements.