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K. Jean Harmon


1935 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
K. Jean Harmon Obituary


K. Jean (Treese) Harmon, a resident of Portland, CT since 1962, beloved wife of Richard L. "Bud" Harmon, passed away at home surrounded by her husband and two sons on December 17, 2013. Born January 10, 1935, in Clymer, Pennsylvania, she is the third of six daughters of the late Clarence J. and Erma N. (McCune) Treese. Mrs. Harmon attended and graduated in 1952 from public schools in Clymer, Pennsylvania. She worked in clerical positions for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, DC and in Cleveland, Ohio, and for United Bank and Trust (now Bank of America) in Hartford, CT. She also worked as a nursery school teacher at the Biz-E-Bee Nursery School in Portland for ten years while her sons were growing up. She excelled in each profession by taking courses to advance her position as needed. In addition to her loving husband of almost 59 years whom she wed January 1, 1955, she is survived by her two sons, Bradley L. Harmon and his wife Charlann of Cabot, Arkansas, and Mark D. Harmon and his partner Ed Louie of Belmont, California; two grandchildren, Richard L. Harmon II and his wife Courtney of East Haddam, Connecticut, and Lisa N. Harmon and her fiancé Michael Johnston of Jacksonville, Arkansas; three step-grandchildren, Melissa (Marshall) Lowell and her husband Ryan of Durham Maine, Jayson Giffen of St. Peters, Missouri and Jennifer (Giffen) Childress and her husband Thomas of Las Vegas, Nevada; four great grandchildren, Ethan, Breana, Jacob and Samuel; five step-great grandchildren, Riley, Logan, Louis, Scarlet and Rylee; two sisters, Janet (Treese) Ackerson and her husband Arthur of Columbia Station, Ohio and Ocala, Florida and Jane (Treese) Mona and her husband Ronald of Timberlake, Ohio; one brother, Jerrold C. Treese and his wife Jayne (Fulmer) of Clymer, Pennsylvania; and one brother-in-law, Clyde Wheeler and his wife Paula (Rorabaugh) of Clymer, Pennsylvania; and many nephews, nieces and other members of her extended family. Mrs. Harmon was preceded in death by her parents; by three sisters, Joyce (Treese) Wise and her husband Carl, Joanne (Treese) Wheeler and Judy (Treese) Boruch and her husband George; and by one brother, James Treese. Mrs. Harmon's interests were in her family and in family genealogy. She enjoyed golf and was President of the 9-Holers at the Portland Golf Club for several years in the 1970s. She was also a member of the Brownstone Quorum group, the Portland Historical Society and the Portland United Methodist Church. She was a keen fan of the UConn Huskies women's basketball. She and her husband traveled to all fifty states visiting state capitals and National Parks and to many of the Canadian provinces, and they also cruised in the Caribbean and to Alaska where they crossed the Arctic Circle. Mrs. Harmon also toured nine European countries in 1955-56 while her husband was in the U.S. Army posted to Germany and she was able to join him there. They traveled through East Germany and into Berlin before the reunification of Germany. For many years in the 1970s and 1980s, they traveled to Quebec with their sons for fishing, camping and to enjoy the outdoor wilderness. Services will be held in Connecticut at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main Street, Portland, CT 06480 calling hours will be Thursday from 4 to 7PM and a Memorial service will be Friday at the funeral home and in western Pennsylvania at the Alcorn Funeral Home, 4065 Brookville St., Rt. 28, Hawthorn, PA 16230 calling hours: Sunday 12/22 in the afternoon or evening. Mrs. Harmon will be cremated and, following the passing of her husband when her ashes and his will be mixed together, they will be interred together in the family plot at Mt. Zion Cemetery (Beautiful Lookout) in New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Portland United Methodist Church, PO Box 459, Portland, CT 06480, or to the Clymer United Methodist Church, 495 Hancock Street, Clymer, PA 15728. To send an online expression of sympathy, please visit www.portlandmemorialfh.net


Published in The Hartford Courant on Dec. 18, 2013
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