Jeanne Metzig learned from an early age to care for others and find solutions to difficult programs. Growing up the oldest of five children, in a home with barely enough money for food, Jeanne dreamed of attending college. Her dream became a reality when she was accepted to Michigan State after writing her own application letter to the school. During her junior year, she met her future husband, Quintin Metzig, a veterinary student and in the afternoon on the day she graduated, the two got married.
After moving to Oshkosh from Michigan, Jeanne began teaching Home Economics at Merrill School. When she became pregnant, she was forced to stay home as women couldn't be visibly pregnant while teaching. Thanks to her Home Ec degree, Jeanne ran a bustling household with six children and enjoyed entertaining, cooking endless meals and canning vegetables. Jeanne was proud of the home she made with her husband and she made time for countless causes outside of it.
She was domestic, but not docile.
As a strong activist and advocate for women and children, Jeanne was a true feminist who believed in equal rights. She was instrumental in changing the policy of women and men teachers being paid the same with help from her husband who served on the school board.
She was the first women to serve on the board of directors for Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin, eventually becoming board president. Jeanne was a founding member of the Women's Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and it's second board president.
Jeanne also dedicated time to the Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Shelter by scrubbing floors, raising money and serving as board president. She was a lifelong supporter of AAUW (American Association of University Women) and Planned Parenthood. Even in her later years, she volunteered to help former inmates reintegrate into the community.
Jeanne lived a life of giving - to her family, to the organizations she was passionate about and continued giving even after her death. Decades before, Jeanne set up a Charitable Gift Annuity through the Women's Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, allowing her to receive a fixed annuity until her death, with the remainder used to support women and girl's issues. Jeanne and her husband also put in their will that a portion of their IRA would be transferred to their current donor advised fund under the Women's Fund umbrella. These unique ways to give will ensure that Jeanne and Quintin's legacy live on and continue their spirit of giving.
"Jeanne always wanted to help those who were less fortunate. She would say - even with small amounts of money, you can make a difference" - Karlene Grabner, Executive Director of the Women's Fund