Jean Leslie Derby Lichtler, age 84, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2012. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was born April 27, 1928, in Brockton, Mass., to Marian and Herbert Derby. Jean grew up in Rockland, Mass., and graduated from Duke University in 1952. Jeans mind was always sharp as a tack and she loved gardens, crossword puzzles, reading mystery novels, telling stories and enjoying family and friends visits. When she first met Bill, in Marlboro, N.Y., and to her college age friends, she was known as Leslie. She was known as Jean during her married life and mother to her children. Jean was a lifelong lover of horticulture and was a volunteer at Leu Gardens in Orlando. As a housewife, she kept a family of seven together through thick and thin, trials and tribulations and great joy living in New York, Florida, Virginia, Nebraska, South Carolina, and back to Florida. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, William "Bill" Lichtler; and five children. Bill was a hydro-geologist for the USGS opening the first USGS office in Orlando from his Florida room. Her family was the joy of her life. Her oldest son, Alexander Lichtler, PhD, is a molecular biologist, with his wife Robin Schwartz and granddaughters Julia and Rebecca, in Avon, Conn. Jeans second child, Marian Lichtler, is a wildlife biologist in Ely, Nev. Janet Lichtler, her third child, is an electrician in Richmond, Va. Robin Howell, RNC is a labor and delivery nurse in Tampa, Fla., with her husband Dave and son (Jeans grandson) Schuyler. Jeans youngest son, Gary Lichtler is a health inspector in Panama City, Fla., with his wife Laura. She was predeceased by her sister, Nancy Reed Allen. No memorial services will take place until she will be interred at a family plot at Spring Lake Cemetery in Rockland, Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Leu Gardens, 1920 North Forest Ave., Orlando, FL.
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Published in The Enterprise on May 10, 2012