E. Jeanne Singer

            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. 


Justine Shafar-Holland on November 9, 2011 at 12:14 AM said:

My sympathies on your loss. Mrs. Singer was my junior high English teacher. I remember her as a gifted teacher and I remember her very well after all these years have passed. I know she will be missed. God Bless her.
Lisa Ney McLellan on October 26, 2011 at 12:51 PM said:

My sympathy to your family. Mrs. Singer was one of my teachers in junior high at North Fayette. She sure was a great one I'll always remember.
Michelle McLaughlin on October 24, 2011 at 4:20 AM said:


We share in the loss of our parents the same week and both were teachers. We have to take comfort in the many lives they touched, some of which we'll never know. Plus we have many great memories. I've been thinking of you often.

Jeff & Peggy on October 22, 2011 at 1:40 PM said:

We was sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. Death may cast a shadow over you as you go about your daily life. Your love one’s death brings you face-to-face with the fact that they are gone too soon. While you call to mind the happy memories, you may also remember the enormity of the loss. But, "Do not let your hearts be troubled". (John 14:27) May you find comfort as the "the last enemy", death will be done away with. (1 Corinthians 15:25, 26). Let this time be a tribute to their wonderful life. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Deb Kunkle on October 19, 2011 at 11:45 AM said:

All of us at the Oelwein American Legion Auxiliary were saddened to learn of Jeanne's passing. She was always a great friend to us, wonderful cook and terrific volunteer who inspired others by her actions. She will indeed be missed.
Elaine Reicks on October 18, 2011 at 3:56 PM said:

Jeanne was a mentor to many of us at North Fayette. She was an exceptional teacher and a greater friend. What a classy lady! She will be missed.
Jean Murphy and family on October 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM said:

The Singer family:

Jeanne and I had alot of great conversations and laughs...I will miss her alot. She was a good friend.

Cedar Falls IA

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