SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — A requiem Mass for Jeanne Hale Jenkins, 92, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who died peacefully on March 17 in San Francisco, will be held at St. Dominic’s Church on March 29.
She was predeceased by three beloved members of her family: her husband of 51 years, Kenneth Gay Jenkins; her daughter Barbara A. Lattanzi of Nantucket, Mass. (who died recently on March 3, 2014); and her brother Douglas Hale of Naples, Fla.
She is survived by her children and their spouses: Bonnie Gould and her husband, John, of Scarsdale, N.Y.; Gay Yeomans and her husband, Bob, of Janesville, Wash.; Barbara’s husband, Larry Lattanzi, of Nantucket, Mass.; Matthew Jenkins of Jamaica; Bill Jenkins and his wife, Mary Beth, of Denver, Colo.; Marie Hecksher and her husband, George, of San Francisco; Tim Jenkins and his wife, Eryl, of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; and 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Marilyn Hunt, of Fairport N.Y. and by many nieces and nephews.
She was born in Syracuse, N.Y. on Oct. 16, 1921. Jeanne graduated from East Syracuse High School and from The Crouse Irving Hospital School of Nursing in Syracuse.
She and Ken were married in 1943. They raised their seven children in Bedford Hills, N.Y., and then moved to Woodstock for the summer months and to Boynton Beach, Fla., for the winter months. In 2000, Jeanne moved to San Francisco to be close to her daughter, Marie, and her family.
Throughout her life, Jeanne stayed active in her community and her church. When her youngest child went off to college, she returned to work as a Nursing Supervisor at Somers Manor in Somers, N.Y., and later as a hospice volunteer in Tarrytown, N.Y., Woodstock, and Boynton Beach. As important as her nursing and volunteerism were to Jeanne, nothing was more important to her than her husband and family. She was a wonderful mother to her seven children, and she was a “millionaire seven times over.”
Jeanne’s many activities and her love of needlepoint, Scrabble, and tackling the daily “Jumble,” kept her mind sharp and her spirits high for over nine decades. A beautiful woman with an engaging personality and a very happy approach to life, Jeanne always made those around her feel comfortable and equally happy. She will be sorely missed and always remembered for her love of family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her honor to St. Dominic’s Church, 2930 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94115, or to Pathways Home Health Hospice & Private Duty, 395 Oyster Point Blvd., Suite 128, South San Francisco, CA. 94080.
This obituary first appeared in the March 27, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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