Jean mostly worked in the home, raising her 4 children. She also completely remodeled their 1920's vintage Spanish home, refinishing floors, painting and upgrading the interior and exterior of the home. She sewed much of the children's clothing, entertained and helped Tom in the family jewelry/award business. Jean and Tom traveled to Europe and extensively through the U. S., despite Jean's strong dislike for flying. She enjoyed bridge, gardening, her dogs - Billy and Elsa, but mostly had a passion for keeping up with her 11 grandchildren. Grammy was never short on advice for all her grandchildren.
Jean is survived by her husband of 55 years, Tom, her four children, Laura (Carl), Julie (Darwin), Kelly (Gunnar) and TJ (Barbara) and her 11 grandchildren -- Tyler, Amanda, Andrew, Will, Katie, Emily, Shelby, Elizabeth, Garth, Thomas and Laura.
Jean was a valiant fighter, having been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer seven and one-half years prior to her passing. Even her oncologist was amazed by her strength. He put her picture on the cover of one of the current medical periodicals, which made her quite proud. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially her family.
A memorial service for Jean will be held on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Glendale, California with a gathering immediately following at The Tam O'Shanter Restaurant (a family favorite).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Salem Lutheran Church 1211 North Brand Blvd Glendale CA 91202
Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research
2990 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Suite 300C
Los Angeles, CA 90064