Grace C. (Klein) Dean

Grace C. (Klein) Dean

Grace C. (Klein) Dean, age 94, of Dubuque, passed away at 1:56 a.m., on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at Hawkeye Care Center. To celebrate Grace’s life, immediate family and close friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Due to COVID-19 concerns the number of people inside the building will be limited, all who attend will be required to wear a face covering, and are asked to please maintain social distancing practices. To honor Grace’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following the visitation at 12:00 noon on Wednesday at Behr Funeral Home, with Rev. Steven M. Garner officiating. The service will be available live on the Behr Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Grace was born on April 23, 1926, in Balltown, Iowa, daughter of Leo and Martha (Boemecke) Klein.

Grace was born and raised in the Balltown area where she attended school. She was united in marriage to her “honey”, Clarence Dean, on October 15, 1945. They were blessed with 53 years of marriage, and 3 sons, before Clarence sadly passed away on October 27, 1998. Clarence and Grace moved to North Buena Vista where they ran their own farm until they retired in 1984, and moved to Dubuque. They were members of the Immaculate Conception Church in Buenie and when they moved to town they joined Holy Ghost Church. Grace embraced her full time role of wife, mother and homemaker. She had a green thumb and always planted a big garden at the farm. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting, reading, dancing, doing word search puzzles and entertaining the neighborhood children. Grace also had a passion for traveling and has visited almost every state in the United States, as well as Canada. Grace was a people person who enjoyed sitting and visiting with everyone. We are heartbroken to see Grace leave us, but find some comfort in knowing that she is now resting peacefully, free of all the health issues she had faced so bravely.

Those left to cherish Grace’s memory include

her 2 sons,
Marvin (Sandy) Dean, Guttenberg, IA
and Leonard Dean, Farley, IA;

her grandchildren,
Nicole (Nate) Teut, Tracie (Charles Schiele) McCambridge, Christopher (Angie) Dean, Melissa (Eric) Gendreau, Ken (Stephany) Dean, Amy (Gary) Hantelmann, Shawntel Schmitt, Dennis (Corinna) Dean and Dan (Megan Hart-Hofstetter) Dean;

19 great-grandchildren with 1 more on the way, 3 great great-grandchildren;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence Dean; a son, Jerry Dean; 2 sisters, Dorothy (George) Mihm and Lila (Virgil) Nauman; and a brother, Ambrose (Laverne) Klein.

The family requests no flowers, but will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and memorials in Grace’s memory which may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Grace Dean Family.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
January 13th, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001
January 13th, 2021 at 12:00 PM

5 condolences for Grace C. (Klein) Dean
  1. Roger & Rita Dean says:

    To the family of Grace Dean you have our deepest sympathies. We will keep all of you in our prayers.

    We will always remember Grace as vibrant, energetic and loved to dance. Every time we saw her whether it be a wedding or family function/reunion she would remind us to always keep dancing especially with your honey.

    She will be dearly missed but always remembered.

    The Roger & Rita Dean family

  2. Jeff & Sherri Errthum from Buenie says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. I remember her fun of dancing and going to her house to pick rhubarb.

  3. Wanda Imbus says:

    To the family of Grace Dean (especially Dennis, Dan, Tyler and Peyton),

    My sincerest condolences to you and my deepest sympathies. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


  4. Corey and Sue Dean says:

    Our deepest sympathy for the passing of Grace, but love and joy to have so many great memories of Grace through the years at reunions, weddings, graduation parties and visits to the farm in Potosi. I always looked forward to seeing her to catch up and get a good dance lesson every chance I could get!! She was loved by many and won’t be forgotten ever.

    Corey and Sue Dean

  5. Marilee (Dean), Patrick, Sylvia, & Brigid McCauley says:

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I remember Grace fondly and sitting and talking with her at Dean family get togethers. She was always interested in what I was doing and loved hearing about it. She always made me feel “at home.”
    I am so glad she is no longer suffering and is on her way to be with our Lord and Savior.

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