February 22, 1936 — January 4, 2022


SPARTA - Jeanette Eileen Selbrede was born on February 22, 1936, in New Lyme, Monroe County, WI, to Victor and Anna (Reise) Rowan.

   Jeanette attended Prescott School for a year, Bush Prairie School for 7 years, and graduated from Sparta High School. She attended Cosmetology School in Milwaukee. She worked in a beauty shop and at Piggly Wiggly in La Crosse for 3 years.

   Jeanette married Duane Selbrede on June 23, 1956. After helping on the farm for many years, she took a CNA class and worked at Morrow Memorial Home for 15 years.

   Jeanette was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, St. John’s Ladies Aid, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Women’s Association, 4-H leader, Leon Gator Fest, and Leon Garden Club. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting, and traveling.

   Jeanette passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, at the age of 85 years, 10 months, and 13 days. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Lucille Rowan; brother and sister-in-law, Howard (Nancy) Rowan; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Harold (Pat) Selbrede, Bernice Selbrede, Irene (Bill) Myers, and Dorothy (George) Heuer, and 2 great grandchildren.

   She is survived by her husband, Duane of Sparta; 4 children, Greg (Kim) Selbrede, Debra (Randy) Abbott, Dan (special friend, Deb Geier) Selbrede all of Sparta, and Kent (Kelly) Selbrede, of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Nick (special friend, Rachel Schroeder) Abbott, Nathan (Tracy) Abbott, Ryan (Lindsey) Selbrede, Courtney (special friend, Kyle Kirchner) Selbrede, Jared (Alyse) Selbrede all of Sparta, and Alyssa Selbrede of Seattle, WA;11 great grandchildren; sisters, Joyce (Art) Henry of Sparta, Luella (Jim) DeVoe and Susan (Ron) Holme both from Tomah; brother, Herb (Margaret) Rowan of Sparta; and brother-in-law, Herb Selbrede of Sparta.

   A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Sparta, with Pastor Jon Hackbarth officiating. Sharon Seamster was organist.

   Online condolences were offered at

   The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta, assisted the family with arrangements.

Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation