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Jeanne A West

September 1, 2022 | 8 comments

Jeanne A West, 75, of Black River Falls, WI. passed away peacefully on August 31, 2022 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.  A full obituary will be posted soon.



  1. Colleen LeBlanc

    I’m saddened to learn of my long time friend/former co-worker’s death. We shared so many important, fun, cathartic times together. Many years of supporting each other through hard times, work or personal, and enjoying the best lives we could too. She was very special. Oh Catie, my heart breaks for you. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I know you feel the loss the most. I wish I could make it easier for you. Love you kid!

  2. Margaret Mills

    I stumbled upon this obituary when looking up something else. I am so saddened to hear this news. I loved your mom. She was such a spark of joy and fun when I would meet up with her. I have such good memories of the coop and then gymnastics at UWL.
    I am so sorry for your families loss. I hope you can find peace. Sending all the love I can muster up.

  3. Sara Bentley

    I am so saddened to hear of Jeanne’s passing. Our years of working together with refugees in La Crosse are unforgettable. She was a warm and caring person, such a good listener and above all, compassionate. The world is a better place because of her.

    Katie, my heart goes out to you and your family. Please let me know when the memorial service is.

  4. Bill & Kim Hart

    What a bummer, what a sad day!! We’ve known Jennie for years. We just talked to her last month. Our condolences for the whole families. Our prayers are with you all!!

  5. Terry Benson

    So sad to learn of Jeanne’s passing. Jeanne and I were marching buddies. We marched for union rights(AFSCME), for gender equality and equity pay, to represent our firmly held views on social justice issues and for our favorite political leaders. We were co-workers, but primarily proud to be social workers in the criminal justice system. She was fearless, forthright, and incredibly smart and witty. We were both Cornish by heritage and very proud of it. Our “pasty” talk around others usually devolved into some sort of raucous laughter. She was a gem. My heartfelt condolences to Catie, Steve, her grandchildren and extended family. She will be missed but never forgotten, Terry

  6. Bob and Marilyn Hurt

    Bob and I are deeply saddened to learn that we have lost Jeanne. She and Ross were among the first people we met when we moved to La Crosse – almost 50 years ago. We immediately connected as Jeanne had a “McGovern” t-shirt on! She was one of the most creative people I have ever known. I still remember her song “Let’s vacation in Iran – But let’s not go on the American Plan.” So clever!! We know you will miss her, Catie, but we know you have such memories of a remarkable woman. Cling to those. We will.

  7. Dean Ciokiewicz

    Jeanne was one of the most passionate PO’s I’ve ever had. She really cared. Truth is, many of them did and I thank God for that. But Jeanne had me on her case load several times and she gave me every opportunity to come to the end of myself. I didn’t appreciate it then, but I sure do today. I just wish to say ” Jeanne, you tried your best and I’ll never forget the passion you had for your clients, because today, I am using and incorporating some of that in my career helping guys make better reentry choices and breaking the cycle of incarceration. Its been many years, but I remember you most by the effort you put in to trying to get me to see the light. It finally happened, and you were a part of that, Thank you and May you rest now in Peace” Amen
    To the family, Many of Jeanne’s clients may not have appreciated her heart, But I sure did. My prayers today are for you, God Bless.

  8. Sue Conard

    I have so many memories of time spent with your mom, Catie. From home visits with her to the Hmong and Cambodian communities here in the late 80’s to the Labor Day parades in more recent years. My favorite is the time we saw then Vice President Biden. We were both in our AFSCME Retiree shirts and he stopped to shake her hand. She told him that AFSCME loved him. And he looked directly at her and said. “And I love AFSCME! Thank you!” We talked about that so many times. I will miss her so much not only as a partner in crime but a great friend.


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