Imogene “Jean” Ann Barloon

Imogene “Jean” Ann Barloon

Imogene “Jean” Ann Barloon

Iowa City

Imogene “Jean” Ann Barloon, 84, of Iowa City passed away unexpectedly on April 26, 2024 at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from natural causes.

Jean donated her body to the Iowa Deeded Body Program. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 11:00 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, where family will greet friends prior to the service from 10:00 – 11:00 AM. A luncheon will be held following the service in the church basement. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Birthright of Iowa City or The Salvation Army.

Jean was born on July 25, 1939 in New Hampton, IA to Frank and Anna (Ludwig) Barloon. She was raised in Ft. Atkinson, IA, where she graduated high school. Jean then went on to pursue a degree in Nursing from Mercy College of Nursing in Iowa City.

Jean devoted her life to serving others, which was demonstrated by her 40 years as a passionate and caring nurse. Jean worked at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in general medicine for 38 years before retiring. She also worked at Atrium Village in Hills after her retirement.

Devoted to her Catholic faith, Jean was a longtime member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic. Her deep Christian faith embraced peace and love she spread to others while volunteering within the community and the church.

Jean had many gifts but one of her greatest was seeing the good in everyone and bringing out the best in them as well. She constantly made it a point to check in on people and was always a source of positivity and generosity for everyone she knew. Jean was also a major presence in the lives of her family.

She was a sports enthusiast and was an avid lover of nature and the outdoors. Trips to Colorado to spend time in the mountains brought her such great joy, specifically when accompanied by her best friend who was more like a sister, Jo Willey. She also enjoyed driving around enjoying the beauty of the outdoors, golfing and doing puzzles. If you knew Jean, you know that she found joy in the simple things in life. One of her favorite things to do was just going out to get pizza and a beer.

Jean’s journey through life was marked by an unwavering commitment to the service of others, leaving an unforgettable mark on all who were fortunate enough to know her.

She is survived by her brother George (Sylvia) Barloon of Ft. Atkinson, IA, nieces and nephews: Bonnie (Fred) Brown, Paul Barloon, Donna (Greg) Hanna, Roger Barloon, Mark (Gabrielle) Barloon, Sandra (Pat) Brown, Dennis (Suzanne) Barloon, Charles (Bonita) Zahara, Lelle J. Zahara (Dan Schalm), Greg Nelson, Russell Nelson, and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, and four sisters Marguerite, Germaine, Virginia, Lorraine, and her niece Priscilla (Clair) Driscoll.

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