Jeannette Ann Tinklenberg was born on February 4, 1965 to Martin and Jacquelynn (Glaze) Fisher in Buena Park, California, where she was raised. She attended school and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in La Palma, California. Growing up she enjoyed animals, particularly horses, and was involved in motocross racing. Following her graduation, Jeannette continued her schooling at North Orange County ROP in Anaheim, California. She then went to work at a medical facility as an assistant. During this time she also received her EMT Certification through Long Beach City College. She liked when she was able to serve as an EMT at motocross events. In 1988, through mutual friends, Jeannette met Owen Tinklenberg and the two began dating. In March of 1988, the couple moved to Edgerton, Minnesota where on June 24, 1989 they were married at the First Christian Reformed Church. Jeannette began substitute teaching at the Pipestone Vocational School in Pipestone, Minnesota, for a short time. She then became a teacher at Early Child Family Education at the Edgerton Public School. As she enjoyed raising her three children, Jeannette decided to open her own dog grooming business. In November 2008, Jeannette went to work as a Medical Assistant at the Pipestone County Medical Center.
On April 19, 2019 Jeannette was diagnosed with liposarcoma. With a strong determination and support from her family, friends and community, and she began her fight against cancer. On Saturday, December 14, 2019, at the Pipestone County Hospice House, following a courageous battle against cancer, Jeannette went to be with her Lord at the age of 54 years, ten months and ten days.
Jeannette was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church where she played in the bell choir, coordinated Sunday school, and helped lead children’s worship. She was an avid reader and enjoyed boating and attending her children’s activities. As animals were a passion in her life, she also enjoyed breeding and caring for her horses and giving others riding lessons. She will be remembered for her strong will, love, and desire to help others.
Jeannette is lovingly survived by her husband, Owen; three children, Cody Tinklenberg of Brandon, South Dakota, Kelly (Dalton) De Haan of Hull, Iowa, and Haley Tinklenberg of Edgerton; parents, Martin and Jacquelynn; sister, Melissa Scherfenberg of Hesperia, California; other family and friends.
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