Age 94, of Robinson Township, passed away peacefully on Sept. 4, 2017, at West Penn Hospital. She was born in Melbourne, Australia on Feb. 19, 1923. She met George, her beloved husband of 62 years, while he was a U.S. Marine on R&R in Melbourne. Following their marriage on Aug. 7, 1943, Jean travelled to the U.S. as a war bride, while George returned to combat in the South Pacific. Jean was welcomed by George's family in Ambridge. Following George's discharge, they lived in Washington, DC, then spent 6 years in Melbourne until 1953. They settled in Robinson Township in 1957. Jean and George celebrated their 50th anniversary with a trip to southern California and Australia. In Jean's younger years, she was a hairdresser, sewed her own clothes, and grew beautiful flower gardens. She enjoyed line dancing in her later years. Following George's passing in 2006, Jean loved living independently at Robinson Manor Apartments, her favorite pastimes were going to the mall for an “extra hot” coffee at Starbuck's, along with shopping at Macy's. She loved dogs, flowers, clothes, the Bee Gees, and Mario Lemieux, and she was known for being a well dressed lady! She was blessed to have numerous friends and a wonderful family, and we were fortunate to have such a special mother. Jean is survived by her sister, Wilma Esse, of Melbourne, Australia; her son Larry, of Pittsburgh; her daughter and son-in-law, Michele and Allan Robb of Manchester, CT. She also leaves nieces/spouses in Australia, Barbara and Neil McKenzie, Lynn Esse and her partner, Graeme Anderson, Sharron and Don Cooper, as well as Frances and Joe Kaminski, Ambridge, Patty and David Nesfeder, Georgia; and nephew, Danny Obed, California. Besides her husband, Jean was preceded by her mother, Doris Stewart; and her son, John. Heartfelt thanks to all the medical professionals and care givers who helped to keep Jean well and active in the past year, along with those who assisted most recently. Friends will be received on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at KASPER- HAHN FUNERAL HOME,547 8th Street, Ambridge. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.
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PostedSeptember 10, 2017