Jeanne Marie Burdick Long, 70, of Suffield died, after a brief illness due to complications from a stroke, on Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Jeanne was born in Knoxville, Tenn., on Dec. 10, 1942, forth child of Reginald Houghton Burdick and Phoebe Lumina (Parrott) Burdick. She grew up in Sea Cliff, Long Island, N. Y. She attended Nazareth College in Louisville and Queens College, Queens, N.Y., and received her bachelors' degree in 1965. In 1969, she married James William Long, Jr., of Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y., and together they had four children, moving to West Suffield in 1979. They divorced in 2001. Professionally, she worked a variety of jobs but most enjoyed writing and editing. She enjoyed donating her time, including work with the Library Board, DAR, and Literacy Volunteers, where she was named volunteer of the year in 1987. She earned her masters from the University of Hartford in 2002. She was an avid reader, card player, and enjoyed cross-stitching, quilting, knitting and crocheting.
She was loved and will be missed by her four children, Jennifer Long (Tom McGrew) of Pittsburgh, James W. Long III (Carrie) of Virginia Beach, Va., Jacqueline Fulginiti (James) of Reston, Va., and Julia Wayner (Andrew) of Glastonbury; and grandchildren, Patrick and Christine McGrew, Rebecca and Joshua Long, and Julia and Joseph Fulginiti. She is also survived by sisters Phoebe Klein and Louise Colli of Sebastian, Fla., and brother David Burdick of Sarasota, Fla.; and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and brothers Reginald and Alfred.
Calling hours are scheduled on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Heritage Funeral Home 1240 Mountain Road, West Suffield from 6 to 8 p.m.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at First Church of Christ, Congregational, UCC, at 81 High Street in Suffield. Her ashes will be interred at a later date at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury, Long Island, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jeanne's honor to Suffield Volunteer Ambulance Association and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
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