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Jeanne Clapper

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Jeanne Elsie Clapper July. 8, 1921 ~ Sept. 25, 2013 Resident of San Lorenzo Jeanne passed away peacefully at her San Lorenzo home on September 25th after 92 wonderful years. Jeanne was born July 8, 1921 in Reno, NV, the daughter of Herbert and Elsie Franzman. The family moved to Oakland shortly after her birth and Jeanne graduated from Oakland Tech High School. She entered UC Berkeley in 1939 and, after World War II and three children; she earned her teaching credential from San Jose State University in 1959. She is survived by her three children, Jay of San Ramon, Marjean Johnson (Dave) and Lita Clapper of San Lorenzo, along with her sister Joann Deacon of Kelseyville. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Jeanne was predeceased by her husband of 54 years Marvin and her sister Janet Franzman. Besides her family, music and education were Jeanne's passions. Her father bought her a harp when she was nine years' old and she went on to play in the San Francisco Youth Symphony, the San Leandro Symphony and the Oakland Symphony. During her time living in Lake County after retirement she was a founding member of the Clear lake Performing Arts. Jeanne and Marvin opened their home to exchange students Christine Raspillere of France and Timo Petteri Vuorio of Finland, both of whom remained in contact with Jeanne. Jeanne's teaching career spanned 22 years, all at Del Rey Elementary School in San Lorenzo. She always looked forward to the last day of school, when many of her former students would stop by to say hello. The family would like to give special thanks to Jackie Funcheon for her loving care in Jeanne's final days. Jeanne's life will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 26, starting at 11 a.m. at Calvary Bible Chapel, 32701 Falcon Dr., Fremont, CA.
Published in Inside Bay Area on Oct. 13, 2013
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