Jean E. Olds

Jeanie E. “Jean” Olds, age 78, of Galena, IL, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, completed her earthly journey on September 14, 2023, at the Galena Nursing Home, while surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Jean’s life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Jean’s family.


Jean was born on May 14, 1945, in Dubuque, IA, a daughter to Matt and Eleanor “Ellie” (Stofreagan) Kostle.  She grew up with an unwavering love for family and friends and treasured each day that presented itself when both were by her side.  Jean met the love of her life, Robert Olds, in their younger years and the couple was blessed with many wonderful years together and a family of their own to raise and nurture.  Jean enjoyed cooking and spent almost 25 years in the kitchens at The Julien as well as with the Dubuque Community School District.  In her free-time, Jean was always up for a little quality time with friends at the bowling alley and any opportunity to simply hang out and visit with her five favorite girlfriends.  Jean was always content to enjoy the peace and tranquility at home, but never passed up on a little socializing either.  We will surely miss Jean to the deepest depths of our hearts and can only hope to find peace in time with her physical absence from our daily lives.  Thank you, Jean, for being exactly who the Lord made you to be and may peace be yours now and we wait patiently to see you again.


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Jean include,

her loving husband of 59 years,

Robert “Bob” Olds, Galena, IL;


her children,

Keith (Julie) Olds, Dubuque, IA,

and Connie Lyndecker, East Dubuque, IL;


her five adored grandchildren,

Cody (Hannah) Olds, Dubuque, IA,

Kyle Olds, Dubuque, IA,

Jake Peacock, Dubuque, IA,

Jesse Peacock, Dubuque, IA,

and Jimmy (Alicia) Peacock, Dubuque, IA;


her great-grandchildren,

Penny Jean Peacock, Lincoln Peacock, Elijah Peacock, and Anderson Olds;


her brother,

Johnny (Pam) Kostle, Madison, WI;


her brother-in-law,

Mike (Ginger) Olds, Dubuque, IA;


along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, twin sister Joanie, Jim (Mar) Kostle, and Jan (Curt) Tomlinson; and her brother-in-law, Jim Olds.


Jean’s family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at the Galena Nursing Home, along with Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care.


Online condolences may be shared with Jean’s family at

To honor Jean’s life, a private family service is being held at a later date. 

3 comments on “Jean E. Olds
  1. Elizabeth Mattila says:

    Rest in peace, Aunt Jeanie.

  2. Brenda McChristy says:

    Rest in Peace my dear old friend.

  3. Mike and Ginger Olds says:

    Oh, Jeanie……I will truly miss you! The fun we had at bowling, and shuffleboard, the Vikings games we watched, all of our hundreds of road trips we took, and all the fun partying with friends…….You are not just my sister-in-law, you are one of my best friends. RIP, and till we meet again, SKOL!!

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