Jean Andrews
1939 - 2016
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Rev. Dr. Jean Andrews

Rev. Dr. Jean Andrews died peacefully on March 4, 2016, at the Vermont Respite House, following a life spent nurturing and serving others.

Born August 1, 1939, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Wilfred and Delores Baril, Jean moved with her family to southern California in the summer of 1948. She graduated from Covina High School in 1957, where she excelled in academics, student government, and was queen of the Valentine's Ball. She became the first member of her family to graduate from college in 1961 with a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, where she was founder and president of the first sorority in the U.S. with a non-discrimination clause and inter-racial membership. She also won the university's highest award for student leadership (Order of the North Star) and the Women's Service Award for outstanding service to the University of Minnesota.

While at the University of Minnesota Jean met her future husband Carl H. Reidel with whom she would raise three children: Ingrid, Kristin and Jonathan. They moved around the country for academic and professional pursuits, which took the family to Nevada, Utah, California, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. Jean earned a master's degree in education in 1971 from North Adams State College and would eventually realize her own vocational goals by earning a master of divinity from the Yale Divinity School in 1979 at a time when women were just starting to enter the ministry.

Ordained in 1981 while serving on the staff of the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction after serving briefly at Ascension Lutheran Church, Jean became the associate minister at the First Congregational Church of Burlington in 1983. She would serve there for more than a decade and also earn a Doctor of Ministry degree from Hartford Theological Seminary. She married David Andrews, who was minister at Middlebury Congregational Church, in 1987.

Jean later served as Area Minister of the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ and became known for her dedicated support of area churches and as a mentor to ministers across the state. She served on and chaired search committees for ministers and had a knack for matching ministers with congregations. Jean spent time traveling to all of the churches in her district offering support, resources, crisis response, and encouraged churches to engage in mission work in their communities. She also chaired the Ministerial Standing and Standards Committee of the Vermont Conference.

Jean practiced what she preached serving on multiple organizations dedicated to helping others. She was director and counselor for the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Vermont; was a founding member of the Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP), an interfaith organization supported by 26 area congregations, in 1988; and visited countless numbers of people in need in their homes, at the hospital, nursing homes or wherever people needed support. As moderator of the Champlain Association (UCC) Jean made a point to visit every church and call on every pastor.

Jean loved the pursuit of antique 'treasures,' political buttons and fine pastries. She was an exceptional cook and put great value in creating an atmosphere of hospitality at home, in the church, embodying what it means to be a gracious host. She was an attentive and compassionate listener, had a wonderful sense of humor, and extended unconditional love to those around her.

Jean will be deeply missed by her children, Ingrid (Reidel) and Michael Cyros of Newburyport, Mass.; Kristin (Reidel) and Tommy Dixon of Scott Depot, W.V.; Jonathan Reidel and Lisa Emerson of Burlington; grandchildren Gretchen Cyros, Bayley Cyros, Dylan Hatfield, and Anthony Reidel; and sisters June Baril and Joan Bogart of Sacramento, Calif.

Jean's funeral service and celebration of life will be held at the College Street Congregational Church in Burlington on Saturday, March 19. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean's name to the Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP) Jean and her family also want to thank the staff at Allenwood, Vermont Respite House and Home Instead Senior Care for their compassionate and loving care.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Mar. 6, 2016.
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February 29, 2020
I know you are still shining down from Heaven watching over everyone, you are missed and loved beyond words. I reread the book you gave me and all if the words have much more meaning now. I miss you, I miss our talks and I miss just being able to pick up the phone and hear your voice. Keep shining, love you.... Marce
Marce Thornhill
March 24, 2016
Dear Family, My name is Pamela Harkins. I am Jeans cousin. I always was much closer to Joan and June due to the age difference.

I am truly sorry for the loss of your Mother. Jean had a true presence about her, when she walked into a room she lite the room up with her smile and
her adorable dimples. Aunt Delores. was my God Mother, & I truly adored her.
Blessings Upon Your Family, Pamela Harkins
Pamela Harkins
March 21, 2016
Jean hired me as the bookkeeper of First Congregatioal Church, my job there lasted 20 years. Over time Jean became a friend as well as my boss. She counseled me through a divorce. When inclement winter weather and night meetings at the Church occurred, my B&B was always a place where she was welcome. I will miss a true friend.
Helen Long
March 19, 2016
Jean was one of the first to welcome me to Vermont back in 1986. I treasured our partnership together in ministry and her friendship. Her life was a testament to faithfulness. May her family and communities she served find comfort through the love of the Holy One.
Joan O'Gorman
March 19, 2016
Jean and Tony
Love and will miss you very much, you were not just my mother in law but my friend and I was so blessed to have you in my life! Love you Mom Jean! This is still my favorite all time picture of you and Tony! I know you will be shining from Heaven!
Marce Thornhill
March 14, 2016
Dear Ingrid, Kristin and Jonathan: Lenore and I were saddened to learn of Jean's death, but warmed by the memories of your family that the news brought back. We were privileged to be a part of your faith community.
A quick memory and tribute to Jean: She was a lady undaunted by the unexpected and incongruous; I saw this most clearly when I was her (unworthy!) "advisor" in preparation for her ordination. She would come to my woodworking shop behind the Vergennes manse and sit on a stool among the chips and dust, always nicely dressed, and share important discernments that for the most part went over my head. After a bit, I think she would sense this and turn the conversation toward a piece of furniture I was repairing--what a sweetie! I think her ability to do that in a dusty setting foretold her style of ministry which was to meet each person where they are most at ease. I've missed Jean for a long time. Thoughts and prayers for all of your family, and a "well done faithful servant" for Jean.
Lenore & Russ Gates
March 11, 2016
Jean welcomed me to Vermont, helped me in my ministry, always had a kind word and a smile, and preached with her life. Godspeed to you dear one.
Kevin Goldenbogen
March 11, 2016
Jean was a great support and friend to me when I was a new minister in the Vermont Conference. I will always be grateful for her warmth and thoughtful guidance.
Rona Kinsley
March 10, 2016
Jean Andrews played a very important part in the history of the First Congregational Church in Burlington, Vt. She was our Associate Minister when Martin Coppenhaver left for an Arizona church and kept our church in fine shape until our next Senior Minster, Bob Lee, arrived. She then continued to work with Bob and stressed the strong mission work we did.

She believed in working to help those in need both physically and spiritually. I always felt that Burlington was enriched by her strong Christian message of inclusion.

I enjoyed working with Jean and she gave me strong support when I was the first woman President of First Congregational Church .

I am sure that her family will miss her greatly.

Sincerely, Kay H Ryder
kay Ryder
March 9, 2016
I knew Jean for a few years of her life. I always enjoyed her company and her smile was very precious. I know she is in a place where she is no longer suffering and she is born in a new form.
Charlotte Phillips
March 9, 2016
My heartfelt sympathy for the loss of Jean. I am a friend of you Aunt June & didn't personally know Jean. However, I feel like I know you all, as June told many stories over the years. She is so proud of you three! I wish you peace and joy as you remember your mom.
Vickie Kammerer
Vickie Kammerer
March 7, 2016
Carol Ann Wooster
March 6, 2016
Please accept my sympathy and prayers in your loss.
Jean touched many lives with her caring manner. I will always be grateful for her friendship and guidance.
Sincerely, Jacki Bixby
Jacki Bixby
March 6, 2016
For Ingrid, It has been ages since our paths crossed. Sadly, it is on the occasion of your Mom's passing that I reach out to you today. She was a remarkable woman in so many ways. You, your husband, and your children are likely feeling greatly blessed for having had her as a major person in your lives. Now, you must deal with this immense loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this painful time.

(PS - Congratulations on still being married to Michael--quite an accomplishment in this day and age.)
Sandra (Sandy) Dooley
March 6, 2016
I remember Jean with much fondness and want to
extend my sympathy to her family. She was a special person to the members of the Cabot United Church.
Marvie Domey
March 6, 2016
I was thinking of Jean on Friday and wondering how she was doing. She is now in the arms of the Lord and completely at peace. She was such an inspiration and friend to me in the short time I worked at VT Conference of the UCC. I would ocassionally run into her after that and we would always sit down to have a chat! What a wonderful, caring, empathic woman we all will miss.
Karen Shastany
March 6, 2016
Rev. David and family, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. God Bless.
Paul and Michele Simpson
March 6, 2016
To Jean's family:
My brother, David, and I are very sad to learn of Jean's death. She and our mother, Dona Walker, were antiquing friends for many years. We find it quite interesting that they died on the same day, just one year apart. David and I thought so highly of Jean; she was a gracious, elegant, and kind person. We hope to see you at her service, although I am arriving that day from a red eye flight. I hope it will work out time-wise. Our best wishes to you!
Daphne Walker
March 6, 2016
Ingrid, thinking of you all ! Gloria Lewis
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