Jean grew up in Flandreau S.D., with brother David. She attended college at Mankato State in Minn., then moved west to Billings. In Billings she met husband Harry Kienitz from Columbus.
Jean bore three children, a daughter Kandi (deceased) and two sons, Shad and Scott and two granddaughters, Kailee and Hailee. On Nov. 24, Jean lost her battle with cancer, passing away at home. A memorial service was held at the Columbus Evangelical Church on Nov. 30. In lieu of flowers memorials should be sent to Columbus Evangelical Church in her name.