Jeanie Wood Dolan
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65, passed away in Ontario on Saturday, February 9, 2013, after a year-long illness. Jeanie was born in Santa Cruz on May 7, 1947. She attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she earned her bachelor's degree in 1969. There, she also met her husband-to-be, Timothy Lyons Dolan, at a band party after a football game. Jeanie and Tim were married in 1970. Soon after, in 1972, a job for Tim at the San Marino Tribune brought them to Southern California. The couple settled in Upland in 1979, and they had two beautiful children, Betsy Dolan, born in 1976, and Grant Lyons Dolan, born in 1981. Betsy now lives in Burbank and Grant in Riverside. Tim preceded Jeanie in death in 1999.
For 24 years, Jeanie was a devoted first-grade teacher at Roynon Elementary School in La Verne, where she was named "Teacher of the Year" in 2011. She returned to school and earned a master's degree in curriculum development from Cal State Fullerton in 2006.
Jeanie loved music and came from a musical family. She started playing piano as a child and was particularly good at ragtime. She always had a piano in her classroom and enjoyed sharing music with her students. In 2007, Jeanie joined the handbell choir at Claremont United Church of Christ, becoming a member of that congregation soon after. She practiced, performed, and traveled with the choir first to the 13th International Handbell Symposium in Orlando, Florida in 2008 and then the 14th Symposium in Osaka, Japan, in 2010. Despite her illness, Jeanie achieved her goal of performing with the handbell choir for Christmas Eve services this past December.
In addition to her children, Betsy and Grant, Jeanie is survived by her brother, John Andrew Wood, of Washington State, as well as two nieces, a nephew, a sister-in-law, and a brother-in-law. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Services will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 W Harrison Ave., Claremont. Friends welcome. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Feb. 17, 2013