Irene Jessup, Brown County


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Irene Weber Jessup passed quickly and peacefully from this lifetime on Nov. 25, 2013, in Greenwood. She was a resident of Brown County.

Irene was born Feb. 27, 1920, in South Bend to Fredrick and Myrtle (Fowler) Weber, the daughter of German immigrants. She graduated from South Bend Riley High School in 1938, along with her high school sweetheart, Maurice E. Jessup. They married July 3, 1942, on a three-day military pass in Fort Knox, Ky.

They enjoyed 57 years of marriage.

The couple soon began their military lives together. Their 36 years in the U.S. Army spanned the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War eras. They relocated to more than 46 stations, domestically and internationally, including the Pacific, Germany, Korea and as an embassy attache in Cyprus.

During this time, her husband rose from lieutenant to the rank of full colonel, retiring in 1978.

Irene fulfilled the duties as an officer’s wife in many untold ways of aid, sacrifice and comfort. Wherever Irene was stationed, she felt it was her duty to represent not only her family and the U.S. Army but also the United States in a positive manner.

After retirement in 1978, the couple moved to their permanent residence in Bloomington. There they settled into civilian life enjoying family, weekly ballroom dancing, golf, gardening and expanding their circle of friends.

Irene is survived by four children, Maurene Jessup of Nashville, Gregory (Sue) Jessup and Kathlene Jessup (Paul) Maurer, both of Greenwood, and Christene Jessup (Scott) Newlund of Columbus; family friend, Robert (Sharon) Shaner of Charlotte, N.C.; 14 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She wanted all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to know how much she loved each of them.

“Smile and the world smiles with you” was her motto.

She was predeceased by her husband, Col. Maurice E. Jessup; her parents; and a sister, Marie Weber Gruelle.

Irene will be interred next to her husband at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington at a later date.

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