I miss you everyday.
Dear Steven, Mark, Tilda, Michelle, Janine and all your wonderful families,
We were all heartbroken to hear the sad news from Alexandra about our darling cousin Jean.
Life is full of surprises with many twists and turns. Thirteen years ago Jean and Tilda were more than surprised to hear that our beautiful Alexandra had met and was going to marry a wonderful American guy and was going to live in a small town just one hour from Pittsburgh.
Family is family no matter how long or far we are apart. You just pick up the thread and carry on. Jean and Tilda (always together) did just that. They took our Alex and Jack and later Shana and Zack into their homes and into their hearts from day one.
When in the following years we came to visit, doing the things we loved most - Shopping (no-one shopped like Jean) - Talking (no-one talked as much as Jean) – she took so much pleasure in telling us about her ”Boys” and wonderful grandchildren. We loved hearing the stories about the past with her “booba” , “zeder” and all the very dear family left behind in England.
Our families became very close once more. We will all miss her.
Lynda has a “thing” about never saying goodbye – she always gives a big hug and says tarrah. So once more from all of us – Tarrah Jean we love you dearly
From your loving English family
A MEMOIR AND TRIBUTE TO MY SISTER JEANNIE
My very earliest memory is being 3 or 4 years old and my darling sister Jeannie sitting me down on the front step at 138 Monklands, Letchworth and telling me that she was going away to America and that I would not be seeing her again for a long, long time.
(My sister Tilda (Millie) had already left for the States to join Ray before I was born)
For the next 10 years the only point of contact was the weekly airletter (telephone calls were far too dear and had to be booked) that arrived without fail and my mother would like to read the contents out loud to me - even after I could have read them for myself. They contained Family news and what was going on in her life and how much she missed England and the Family.
I only wish I had a least one of those letters to read through now.
She paid a Visit to Us in Brighton when I was 13 and stayed a couple of weeks and then moved on to other relatives. Once again it was back to the Air Letters.
Over the years in between she paid several visits to us in the UK and I paid a few visits to Irwin, to see both her and Tilda (Millie). They both visited me together at my home in Thundersley and we had a wonderful time to remember with great affection.
I kept in touch by telephone, on a off and on basis over the intervening years with Jeannie and Tilda. My Last call to her being at the time of my Sister Rosie's Passing earlier this year a call which lasted for over an hour.
Then there was her sudden passing and the email from Jeanine on Monday and Michele's email with further details, which brought home to me how little time I had devoted to my sister (s) in the U.S.A.
However the love that was exchanged between us and felt, was no less real than if I had have had daily contact with her.
Time and distance prevent me from attending her Funeral so may I extend by condolences to Mark, Steven and their Families together with the rest of her relatives at this time of great sadness.
(The Youngest Brother)
We have known Jean for many years...I (Joy) first met Jean by phone, and then we met and were members of the newly formed British Brides Club in Pittsburgh 60 years ago. Our group was very close as we related our experiences of WW2 and then as NEW AMERICANS. It was always fun for us to be together and spend and
celebrate births,weddings, Christmas Times, New Year's Eve, birthdays,summer fun, etc. Jean had lots of interesting stories about London and her entry to America - and her humor was infectious,. We were together to celebrate many times, Always enjoying and delighting in
being together. It is hard to even imagine being without our dear friend.
We rejoice to know she will be with Bill and her family, and be at PEACE WITH HER LORD.
She will BE WELL REMEMBERED AND remain A STAR IN OUR HEARTS.
the Bieltz/Calfe Family.
My cousin Jean was my link to London. It was so comforting having her and her sister Tilda so close to me. I loved to visit and listen to them and my mom reminisce about London and my Grandparents. Jean had a wonderful sense of humour, very quick witted, we would sit for hours in fits of laughter listening to all the crazy stuff they had got up to. I talked on the phone often with Jean and felt very close to her, she loved to hear what was going on with everyone in the UK and would often have great advice for me. We will miss her so much, she truley was a wonderful woman. Our hearts will always be full of wonderful memories of her. Jack, Alexandra, Shana and Zack Andrews.