Obituary: Norma “Jeanne” Triebold, 88 (UPDATED with arrangements)

Update: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at First United Methodist Church in Whitewater. Visitation will take place from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. The church requests that masks be worn inside during the visitation and service. A burial will take place at Hillside Cemetery.

Norma “Jeanne” Triebold , 88, Whitewater, passed away on Monday, February 15, 2021 at Physicians Regional Medical Center in Naples, Florida.

Jeanne was born on January 14, 1933 in Chicago, IL to Norma (Thorne) and George D. Sickafoose. She graduated from Hyde Park High School and The Chicago School of Dental Nursing. In 1954 Jeanne married Robert E. Hawes and they moved back to his hometown of Whitewater in 1956, happily leaving big city life behind. After 12 years of marriage, Bob died suddenly. A year and a half later Jeanne met Frederic “Fritz” Triebold. They married on October 14, 1967 and shared fun and adventure in both the daily and special events of their 50 years together.

As a widow in 1966, with two young children, Jeanne took over ownership of The Little Red Schoolhouse in Whitewater and began a career directing and teaching preschool until her retirement 33 years later. She treasured her connections to the 3 and 4 year olds, and counted her teachers among her closest friends for the rest of her life. She delighted in seeing former students or their parents over the years, and especially loved when now adult students brought their own children to her home for Trick or Treat.

Jeanne was involved in many aspects of community life; a pattern she continued up until her death. As a member of the First United Methodist Church for over 60 years, she played an active role in choir and Vacation Bible School while her children were young. She led her daughter’s troop of Brownie Girl Scouts on through Senior Scouts, where in high school they were able to travel to Mystic Seaport, CT and sail up the Atlantic Coast. Over the years she belonged to, and often held offices in, the Jaycettes, Whitewater Junior Women’s Club, Alpha Club, Florence Bassett Club, Delta Kappa Gamma and Red Hats. Jeanne also proudly served as both Vice-President and President of the umbrella organization coordinating the activities of those clubs, the Whitewater Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Jeanne and Fritz loved to spend time with family and friends, especially when everyone could be outside in warm weather. They enjoyed many summers on Blue Spring Lake near Palmyra, and then many winters in Naples, Fl. They traveled extensively abroad, especially in Europe. They formed lasting friendships wherever they went and enjoyed those connections immensely.

Jeanne will be remembered by her loving children, Susan (Bill) Miazga and Lawrence Hawes; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Bryan) Royce, Margaret (Eric ) Cherney, Ben Miazga, Tom Miazga, Ian Fyfe and Nickerson Hawes. She delighted in the birth and antics of each of her great grandchildren, Ellie, Fritz, Annie and Grace. Jeanne is also survived by her brothers-in-law, Don (Marge) Triebold and David (Laura) Triebold, as well as her sister-in-law, Judy Triebold. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Robert Sickafoose, and her husbands, Robert Hawes and Frederic Triebold.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers at her service, please consider making a memorial to the Whitewater Federation of Women’s Clubs or the First United Methodist Church.

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