Jean L. Minneman

October 24, 1927December 28, 2020

Jean L. Minneman was born October 24, 1927 in Detroit, MI and passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Emma Lindstead and Leroy Minneman Sr.

Ms. Minneman was a dedicated Christian missionary worker for the Lutheran Church ELCA.

Jean was a graduate of Capital University, Columbus, Ohio (founded by the Lutheran Church) majoring in Education & Theology. She later augmented her education at Hofstra University, Long Island, NY in preparation for her assignment in New Guinea.

She served as a Christian missionary for four years in Tanzania Africa and fourteen years in Papua New Guinea.

She returned to the United States but continued her work in a variety of church related activities and, in later years, enjoyed volunteering at Bethel Lutheran Church and the Heritage at Lowman.

She is survived by her sister, Mrs. Eileen Minneman Deskins (James); nieces, Patricia Deskins Lemke (Anthony) and Betty Jo Minneman and nephew, David Deskins (Janet). She was predeceased by her brother and sister-in-law, Leroy Minneman, Jr. (Phyllis) and nephew, Dennis Deskins. Inurnment will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Bethel Lutheran Church Cemetery 2335 Dutch Fork Rd, Chapin, SC 29036. Memorials may be made to The Lutheran Homes of SC Foundation to benefit those served by the Heritage at Lowman and designated for subsidized care, 300 Ministry Drive, Irmo, SC 29063.


  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, January 14, 2021



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Janet Adams-Deskins

January 14, 2021

Aunt Jean was one of the sweetest people I have ever met. Unfortunately, I don't have many memories with her, but what I do have I remember so well. She stayed with us just before her move to South Carolina. I can still picture us sitting at the kitchen table playing Monopoly. She had such a great sense of humor. I don't know how much Dave and Michelle remember, but it was such a fun night. I was always impressed by her. Her commitment to her faith; her unselfishness; her ability to make everyone around her feel comfortable. No sermons, no judgement. Just acceptance and love. What a wonderful person God gave us. Enjoy your much-earned place by our Lord and Savior. Love, Janet Deskins (Dave)

Rosmarie Wessinger

January 7, 2021

Jean was a dedicated Christian and an asset to Bethel Lutheran Church and the community.

My love and prayers go to her biological family and to Margaret & Joe Zeigler who became her adopted family.

I care! Peace and God Bless,
Rosmarie Wessinger, Member of Bethel Lutheran Church