Jean L. Hellermann, age 71, of Melrose, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, April 25, 2021, at the CentraCare Care Center in Melrose.

A Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. April 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating and the Rev. Vince Lieser concelebrating. Interment was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. April 28 at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and 10-10:45 a.m. April 29 at the church. Parish prayers were 7 p.m. April 28 at the funeral home.

Jean Louise Primus was born Jan. 15, 1950, in St. Cloud to James and Florence (Meier) Primus. She was a teacher at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Melrose. She was united in marriage to Michael Hellermann July 10, 1976, at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Freeport. The couple farmed north of Melrose. Jean later became a paraprofessional at Melrose Area Schools. 

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. 

Jean had a strong will, a caring heart and always put the comfort of others before herself. She was known for ice cream socials and her immense gift of gab. She enjoyed cooking enough food to feed an army for family functions. Always the host, Jean made sure any company had something to eat. And she so, so loved spending time with her grandchildren, playing cards and games and always being the teacher in God, life and love to them. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Michael Hellermann of Melrose; children James Hellermann of Upsala, Nancy (Shawn) Duevel of New Munich, Ronald (Michelle Rademacher) Hellermann of Melrose, and Andrew (Jackie) Hellermann of Upsala; grandchildren Madison, Gabrielle, Elijah, Allison, Parker and one on the way; sisters and brothers Arlene Primus of Minneapolis, Lyla (Ken) Olafson of Cedar, Arlene (Urban) Beuning of Melrose, Michael (Judy) Kluempke of Somerset, Kentucky, Gary (Bonnie) Kluempke of McKinney, Texas, Don (Sharon) Kluempke of Melrose, Mary Kay (Gerard) Huhne of St. Joseph, Carol (Mark) Stangler of St. Cloud, and Amy (Ken) Stangler of Blaine.

Jean was preceded in death by her infant son, Robert Hellermann; parents James and Florence Primus; and stepmother Bernice Kleumpke.

Serving as casket bearers will be Andy Hellermann, Jim Hellermann, Ron Hellermann, Shawn Duevel, Steve Fuechtmann and Matt Hellermann. Cross bearer will be Madison Duevel, and scripture bearer will be Rose Ann Inderrieden. Lector will be Amy Schaefer and Eucharistic minister will be Rosie Athmann.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.