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Jeanette "Jenny" (Wright) Dolch

January 7, 1964 — January 11, 2022

Jeanette "Jenny" (Wright) Dolch

Jeanette “Jenny” (Wright) Dolch, 58, of rural Atlantic, Iowa, died Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at her home surrounded by her family.

Jeanette Marlene was born on January 7, 1964, in Atlantic, Iowa, the daughter of Barry and Judy Marlene (Turner) Wright. During her childhood the family lived in Atlantic, Colorado and New Mexico. She was a tomboy from the start; always having more guy friends than girls and did whatever she could do to keep up with her brother and his friends. Her nickname was “Skinifer Jones” because even though she was a tiny little thing she was tough as nails, feisty and there was no way she was ever backing down. Every day after school she was on the go: skiing, hunting, fishing or racing dirt bikes in the family junkyard. The races at the junkyard were quite dangerous and made for some thrilling memories.

Little did she know that a fishing trip with a few buddies (one of them finally being brave enough to reach over and hold her hand) would lead to her future marriage. On February 26, 1982, she was united in marriage to Carl Eugene Dolch. The couple was blessed with three children, Levi, Tyler and Chelsey. Outside of a few times the couple went to Las Vegas they did everything together as a family; the kids looked forward to their countless camping and fishing trips and their annual trip to Worlds and Oceans of Fun. Jenny was dedicated to her family and rarely missed any of the kids’ activities. She was a fun mom, riding dirt bikes and showing the kids how to do flips on the trampoline were just a few of the crazy things she did with them. Their grandkids brought her endless joy and she looked forward to spending as much time as she could with them. She loved it when they called her “Gangster Granny!”

Jenny was no stranger to working hard and understanding that’s what you had to do to get what you wanted in life. She starting cleaning hotel rooms at the age of 16, and never stopped working. For nearly 20 years, she was a dedicated employee at Cardinal Glass in Greenfield.

If you said casino, she was in! One of her favorites was trips to Meskwaki with her mom and other family members. She never played anything but the slots and if she was winning it was nearly impossible to pull her away. Jenny pulled countless all-nighters and recently when the tornado came through and staff was encouraging them to take cover, she almost had to be drug from her stool. She loved to play old school video games and darts which she spent time doing just a few days before her death. Jenny looked forward to girls-night-out with her friends; they would meet at a local bar and gab and enjoy each other’s company until closing. The family took any chance they could to camp and fish; trips to Canada and locally, Conklin Fish Farm and Pilot Grove being a few of their favorites. Christmas was her favorite holiday and to say she went overboard on the decorations, food and gifts was an understatement. She loved it so much that this last year she insisted they had a “do-over” so she could spend just one more Christmas together with her family.

Her tomboy traits of the need for speed, thrill seeking and adventurous spirit were complimented well with her honesty, kind heart, and love of animals. Jenny was fearless and would do anything including skydiving and bungee jumping!

If the last few months have said anything about Jenny, it was that she was determined (some would say stubborn) and a fighter. After getting her diagnosis she continued to live life to the fullest, even going to South Dakota and Branson, and surrounding herself with those she loved. Jenny will be deeply missed by her husband and best friend of nearly 40 years, Carl; children, Levi (Sarah) Dolch and their children, MaKenzie and Isabella Dolch, Tyler (Miranda) Dolch and their son, Nick Dolch, and Chelsey (Shane) Christensen and their children, Wrangler Crawley, Alexis Watson and Lucas Christensen; father, Barry Wright; brother, Allen (Stephanie) Wright; sister, Jodi (Rob) Kirchner; adopted daughter, Hailey Davis, who blessed Jenny in countless ways; aunts and uncles; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her mother, whom she was best friends with, Judy M. Wright; parents-in-law, Wallace and Jean Dolch; and sister, Melody Wright.

The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life Luncheon from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 14th in the fellowship hall at the First United Methodist Church in Atlantic. Please enter the fellowship hall using the door on the north side of the church.

Memorials can be directed to the family for designation at a later date.

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Past Services

Celebration of Life Luncheon

Friday, January 14, 2022

11:00am - 1:00 pm

Atlantic First United Methodist Church

800 Poplar St, Atlantic, IA 50022

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