Jeannine Hope Gobberdiel, age 82 of Greenville, passed away Thursday evening, June 22, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the Greenville First Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow. Memorials may be made to the church, Farm Heritage Museum or Hills Fort.
Jeannine Hope, the daughter of Hope Hull and Elsie (LeBegue) Walker, was born July 13, 1934 at her home and according to her mother it was the hottest summer on record. She was a native of Bond County, the third child born. Jeannine was raised on a dairy farm, everyone learned the meaning of hard work. During her school years Jeannine loved sports and was a south paw pitcher for a boy’s baseball team. She also was named “Dairy Queen” for Bond County.
After graduating from Greenville High Schools she trained to be a dental hygienist in Greenville. At that time she met George Gobberdiel who had recently returned from serving in the Marines during the Korean Conflict and needed a little dental work. Nine months later, on July 14, 1953, they eloped to Corinth, Mississippi and moved to Chicago, Illinois where George entered technical school. George accepted a position with Ozark Airlines and they moved to St. Charles, Missouri.
They attended the St. Charles Presbyterian Church where all three of their children David, Vicky and Gregory were baptized. A side note: Jeannine and her mother were pregnant at the same time, she with David and her mother Elsie with Troy. Jeannine and George were also High School Youth Advisors when their children were still in diapers, and are still adored by those now 60-year old children.
Jeannine and George shared a love of history and antiques. This turned into “Fox Hill Antique’s” in their barn for many years.
Upon George’s 34 year career with Ozark Airlines, they picked up roots and moved to Olathe, Kansas for another airline industry job opportunity which allowed Jeannine and George to travel to many different countries. Upon retiring a second time they decided to move back to Greenville in 1995 and build a house to be near family. Here they were at the beginning of the Farm Heritage Museum helping as docents and reenactors. They were also involved with the History Museum.
Surviving are their children: David Gobberdiel and his wife Linda of Iowa, Vicky Gobberdiel and her husband Tony Petzoldt of Kirkwood, Missouri and Gregory Gobberdiel and his wife Cathy of St. Louis, Missouri. Loving grandmother of David George and Tyler Hope Gobberdiel. Also surviving is a sister Mabel Gruen and brothers Hope Walker, Bill Walker and Troy Walker, 26 nieces and nephews, 32 grand-nieces and nephews and 13 great grand nieces and nephews.