..................Jeanne Oskamp Bean died November 2, 2011, at Samaritan Bethany Home, Rochester, MN.
Jeanne D. Oskamp was born in Winona on November 27, 1922, to A.M. “Mike” and Eleanore (Baumann) Oskamp. She attended Madison and Winona High Schools and Stephens College. On March 24, 1943, she married Northwest Airlines Captain John R. “Bob” Bean of Winona. She mothered their five children and enjoyed camping, gardening, their cottage at Grand Rapids MN, community activities and travelling. They lived many years in Minneapolis and then in Port Townsend, WA, where she authored a local history book “Marrowstone”. Her recent years were spent in Rochester and in spite of a succession of health problems she enjoyed their family and especially the eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She is survived by children: Robert (Cynthia) Bean, Michael (Joy) Bean, Susan (Bean) Sauter and Richard Bean; brother, A.M. ”Sandy” Oskamp, Buffalo City, WI, and husband of 68 years, J.R. Bean. Her sister, Marian O. Brehmer/Britt and son, Thomas, preceded her in death. A family funeral service and burial in Woodlawn Cemetery will be held at a later date. ===============================================================
Along the Mississippi River several hundred duck hunters took time off from work and school to take advantage of the ideal hunting conditions. Weather forecasters had not predicted the severity of the oncoming storm, and as a result many of the hunters were not dressed for cold weather. When the storm began many hunters took shelter on small islands in the Mississippi River, and the 50 mph winds and 5-foot waves overcame their encampments. Some became stranded on the islands and then froze to death in the single-digit temperatures that moved in over night. Others tried to make it to shore and drowned. Duck hunters constituted about half of the 49 deaths in Minnesota. Those who survived told of how ducks came south with the storm by the thousands, and everybody could have shot their daily limit had they not been focused on survival. Casualties were lessened by the efforts of Max Conrad, a pioneering light plane pilot and one of his students (John R. Bean) both based in Winona, Minnesota, 25 miles upriver from La Crosse. They flew up and down the river in the wake of the storm, locating survivors and dropping supplies to them.
Both men were nominated for the Carnegie Medal for their heroism.