1932 — 2022
Our kind and wonderful mom, wife, grandmother, sister, teacher, mentor and advisor passed away peacefully on a beautiful fall day, surrounded by her children. Jeanette was born to Vera and Gottlieb “Jim” Knodel near Bethune, Colorado on New Year’s Day 1932, and was placed on this earth to help others. She loved her family, the farm, the prairie, and Tony the pony, eventually leaving Bethune in 1950 to attend Colorado State College of Education.
After earning a teaching degree in 1954, she flew to Hawaii to marry Gene Amman, who was stationed at Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu; quite a change from the eastern Colorado prairie to tropical beaches. The newlyweds returned to Fort Collins, Colorado and started a family. Continuing Gene’s education and career, they lived in Asheville, NC and Ann Arbor, MI before settling in North Ogden, UT in 1966.
Jeanette comes from a long line of curious and studious people. She had a thirst for knowledge, especially in regards to world cultures, fine arts, performing arts and nature. She was always reading a book or magazine, or watching educational shows about music, nature, travel, or foreign cultures. It was his way of seeing the world without leaving his beloved neighborhood! His children inherited this thirst for knowledge and interest in the arts, nature and cultures of the world. Over the years Jeanette has collected hundreds of pieces of folk art, paintings and antiques. She made the family home a kind of cozy and colorful folk art museum.
Jeanette was a talented and hardworking gardener, and she kept busy in her yard until her passing. She wore a pedometer and mowed her own lawn in her late 80s, saying it was about a two mile walk – great exercise! She grew vegetables and fruits, which provided the dinner table. Like all great cooks, she made it from scratch and could create a fine dinner seemingly from almost nothing. His Parker House rolls and apple pie were second to none. She was also a talented seamstress and artist, making her own blouses and skirts, children’s clothing, many Halloween costumes, and costumes for her children’s plays.
First and foremost, Jeanette was an elementary school teacher; an empathetic, dedicated, and caring individual who has served the children of the Weber County School District for 30 years. She was highly respected and greatly admired for her skills in special education. She strove to help children in difficult or disadvantaged circumstances, and her goal was to make everyone feel like they belonged and were valued.
Jeanette is predeceased by her parents and by her husband, Gene; his sisters Esther, Ruby and Alice. She is survived by her brother Paul Knodel (Mildred), Lakewood, CO. Jeanette lives through her children, Anthony Amman (Diana), North Ogden; Alan Amman (Jose), Los Angeles, CA; Susan Raymond, Lakewood, Colorado; David Amman (Maryrose), Helena, MT; Mary Lebert (Chris), Juneau, AK; Grandchildren: Jackson, Madeline, Andrew, Jenna, Julia; Great-grandchildren: Memphis and Sophia.
Jeanette will be buried in the beloved cemetery of her Hope Congregational Church on the beautiful Colorado prairie where she is from.
Services outsourced to Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd., Ogden, Utah.