Jean Marie "Jeanie" Guman, 52, of Union City, N.J., formerly of Staten Island, N.Y., and Olyphant, died at Westchester Medical Center, New York, on Monday due to a complication while recovering from a long and arduous battle with leukemia.
Jeanie was the daughter of the late George and Helen Guman of Olyphant. She was a graduate of Mid Valley High School and attended Hunter College in New York. She was a longtime member of the former St. Michael the Archangel Church, Olyphant. She began her career in publishing at the former Harper and Row, Dunmore, before moving to New York City in 1984. She joined the Disney team in fall of 2006. She was the sales director of Disney Publishing Worldwide and was charged with oversight of sales efforts with Disney's distribution partners as well as overall book sales in Canada. Throughout her six years at Disney, she created partnerships with both Disney's entire staff as well as the sales forces at HarperCollins and Hachette, with whom she worked extremely closely.
Jeanie leaves a legacy of friendships across the entire children's publishing industry. She was an avid reader and lover of Broadway musicals and plays. She traveled extensively both with her job and for enjoyment. She was a great supporter of the arts and was a member of the Roundabout Theater Company, MOMA, Manhattan Theater Club, and numerous other organizations. She was a proud and active member of the Democratic Party, which she contributed to and campaigned for many years. She also donated to numerous charities.
Jeanie is survived by her sister, Diane; her niece, Dana Marmo; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and cherished friends. She also leaves behind her beloved cat, Seymour.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Parish, 200 Delaware Ave., Olyphant. Internment will be private and at the convenience of the family.
The family will be receiving friends from 8:45 until the time of the Mass.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society online at www.lls.org