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Rogean Vetter

Rogean T. Vetter "Jeanie" of Marquette, NE passed away Dec 22, 2021 of Alzheimer's Disease. She was 75.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Aurora United Methodist Church in Aurora, NE. No Visitation. The family requests those attending the service wear facemasks. The service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMpJq2nVNlO_RN29tn8O1Bg. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation https://www.alzheimersresearchfoundation.com/, the Red Bird Mission School https://rbmission.org/, or the Grain Place Foundation http://www.grainplacefoundation.org/, where a scholarship fund will be established in her name for internships in organic agriculture. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Jeanie Taylor was born September 25, 1946 in Pineville, KY and spent her early years living at the base of Red Bird Mountain and attending Red Bird Mission school in Beverly, KY. She was an excellent student, played the clarinet, competed in debate, and earned a scholarship to Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, where she became the first in her family to attend college.

Westmar is where she met David, her husband of 54 years. Jeanie earned her degree in biology, and went on to earn her medical technology certificate at Bryan Hospital School of Medical Technology in Lincoln, NE. Jeanie worked as a medical technologist for more than 35 years, providing skilled and compassionate care at Bryan Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, and back in Nebraska at Aurora Memorial Hospital and as the chief technologist at Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital in Central City.

Jeanie was opinionated, stubborn, welcoming, witty, and fiercely loyal to her family and friends. She loved music, singing around the house and in the church choir. She could often be found in her garden, planting new flower varieties and tending to old favorites. She was a fantastic cook, whipping up biscuits on the counter without a measuring spoon or bowl. And she absolutely loved Christmas, which makes it particularly difficult to say goodbye to her at this time of year, but somehow seems fitting that her passing has gathered family from near and far to celebrate her life and the Holiday.

In recent years, the effects of Alzheimer's disease made Jeanie's world smaller, but she leaves a legacy of encouraging others, especially her children, to explore new worlds and do big things. Her children will especially miss the unwavering votes of confidence she provided us, the exaggerated depictions of our success she shared with friends, and the occasional kicks-in-the-pants we deserved.

Jeanie was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Mildred Taylor, and sister Sandy Frank. She is survived by husband David Vetter of Marquette, children Allison Vetter (William Cone), Darci Vetter (Jason Hafemeister), and Madison Vetter (April Vetter), and 7 grandchildren, Ian Stringham, Thea Lemberg, Grace and Elijah Hafemeister, Tyler (Audrey), Reid (Shelbie), and Anna Beth Cone, 3 great-grandchildren, Ellen, Norah, and Reese Cone, and siblings Gwen Golden, Michael (Phyllis) Taylor, Betty (Bill) Lewis, Daniel (Rachel) Taylor, and Carol (Ron) Hughes.

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