September 17, 1937 – October 31, 2020
Jeanne (Margaret Jean Newkirk) Ulm passed away peacefully at the age of 83 on October 31, 2020. She was a beloved wife, mother to three children, grandmother to seven and friend to countless others.
Jeanne was born September 17, 1937, in Pueblo, Colorado, to K.E. and Elsie Newkirk and graduated from Colorado State College (now University of Northern Colorado) with a degree in education. While in school she met her husband, James “Jim” Ulm, a cadet at the Air Force Academy. Although not a “love at first sight” story according to the pair, it was a true love affair for 58 years.
Jeanne, Jim and their children, Jim, Joanna and John, were together called “The Five Js.” While Jim Sr. was in the military, Jeanne was the true general of the family, guiding them through 25 moves in 30 years as smoothly as she used to run her kindergarten classes. Jeanne was a selfless person, giving her all to her husband, children and others around her. She shined brightly when given opportunities to make a difference.
During a deployment in Guam, she traveled Asia to source items for the popular Andersen Officers' Spouses' Club store, raising funds for the local schools.
After the kids had grown, she spent summers in Gunnison, Colorado, recreating visits to K.E. and Elsie’s mountain home throughout the years. Jeanne loved living next door to her childhood friend, Rusana, and creating memories on the lake and around the kitchen table.
In 2002, Jeanne and Jim moved to Boerne, Texas, which immediately felt like home, thanks to the warm welcome from their church, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, and their Fair Oaks Ranch neighbors.
Jeanne was most proud of her children and grandchildren – in every picture with her grandbabies, her eyes were on them rather than on the camera. She started the family tradition of “just a little ‘happy’” when she would pick out treats to surprise her loved ones. With family, she loved playing games and teaching new players Tripoley, Bunko, Cribbage and Mahjongg. Some of the family’s fondest memories came from their annual Thanksgiving celebrations, starting with the Thanksgiving that Jeanne invited Jim to back in Pueblo when they first fell in love.
Jeanne had a creative spirit and generous heart and did everything with such grace and poise; she could make friends anywhere and was a leader of many organizations through her life, including Tri Delta Sorority, The Red Hats Society, Women of the Woods, ACTS Missions, the Officers’ Spouses’ Club and volunteered with the Red Cross, thrift shops on Air Force bases and the Airman’s Attic.
Jeanne is survived by her husband, Jim Ulm of Boerne; her three children, Jim Ulm (Shelley) of Houston, Texas, Joanna Ulm Peters of Monument, Colorado, and John Ulm (Jenny) of San Antonio, Texas; seven grandchildren, Madison, Hannah and James Ulm of Houston, Texas, Megan Peters of Helena, Montana, Katie Johnson (Zephan) of Long Beach, California, Isabella Ulm of Denver, Colorado, and Hayes Ulm of San Antonio, Texas; and many other precious extended family members.
A visitation was held Wednesday, November 3, 2020, from 6 to 7 p.m. with a Rosary to follow at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Burial was on Thursday, November 4, 2020, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Boerne, followed by a private graveside service. The mass will also be streamed on Jim’s Facebook page for friends and family.
If you would like to give an extra blessing, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to your favorite charity or the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. To leave condolences for the family and to view a slideshow of Jeanne’s life, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com.
Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.