Grandma J gets swarmed by grateful students at North Marion.

Grandma J gets swarmed by grateful students at North Marion.

Folks call Hubbard resident Jan Jurchen both Grandma J and “tough cookie,” and she’s earned both titles.

After her husband died in his 30s, Jurchen stepped up as a single mom and raised their four children, all of whom attended North Marion schools. Despite the ache in her hands, she also regularly crafts hats for children and families in need. Jurchen, who is 82, recently crocheted 400 hats, enough for every student in the North Marion Primary School and Preschool. On Dec. 9, she distributed her crocheted beauties to the children in the Primary School cafeteria, with teachers ushering in one or two classes at a time. In a way, the giveaway was a relief for her.

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