Jeanne Jeffers died at age 96 on November 28, 2020 at her home in Newcastle, Washington, with her husband and other family members beside her. She was nurturing, determined, and adventurous. She served her country in World War II. She traveled alone from Chicago to Fairbanks, Alaska in January of 1947 to attend the University of Alaska. She met her future husband there and honeymooned with him for 71 years. She raised four boys, and she welcomed and loved her sons' wives as though they were her own girls. She traveled with her siblings and their spouses through France, Norway, Brazil, and many destinations in North America. She loved to read. After losing her sight to macular degeneration she continued to enjoy books on tape throughout her years. She loved to talk in person and by phone with visitors and family spread around the country. She was a great listener.
Jeanne was born Jean Ardith Lesh on April 30, 1924 in Berwyn, Illinois, the second of four children, to Hertha (Hattie) Caroline Krase and Harold Jesse (Jack) Lesh. She later changed her name to "Jeanne" because she preferred the French spelling. Her family lived in comfortable neighborhoods in Berwyn and Oak Park where she and her sister, Ruth, and two brothers, Jack and Don, grew up and went to high school in the years leading up to World War II.
Jeanne is predeceased by her parents Hattie and Jack Lesh, and her sister Ruth Lesh Deglon, brother-in-law Andre Deglon, sister-in-law Sally Lesh, nephew Peter Lesh, sister-in-law Wencke Lesh, sister-in-law Jane Jeffers Rybus, and brother-in-law Hank Rybus. She is survived by her husband Jeff, her elder brother Jack Lesh of Gustavus, AK, and younger brother Don Lesh and his wife Diane of Tempe, AZ. Jeanne is also survived by her four sons: Scott (Connie) of Juneau, AK, Rand (Renia) of Renton, WA, Jeff (Kathy) of Douglas, AK, and Duff (Beth) of Columbus, MS, as well as 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
The family will hold a private celebration of Jeanne's life in the future. A more detailed story of Jeanne's life can be found at: https://obituaries.neptunesociety.com/obituaries/tacoma-wa/jeanne-jeffers-9926782
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Published by Juneau Empire from Jan. 24 to Feb. 23, 2021.