Mary Jean "Jeannie" (Mahler) Weylman, of Winchester, on September 11, 2013, after a valiant and spirited two year fight with ovarian cancer. Mary Jean ("Jeannie") Mahler was born April 15, 1935 in New York City. Of all her joys, none surpassed her love and commitment to her husband of 53 years, Walther ("Bud"), whom she met while summering at the Ogontz Camp in New Hampshire in 1951, he a counselor and she a camper. His kindness and care first caught her attention there during sailing afternoons, a minor injury to her foot, canoe trips at the Dartmouth Outing Club, and table humor in the camp dining hall. They were married on October 8, 1960. Education and teaching were subjects Jeannie pursued with great passion. After graduating from Scarsdale (NY) High School, she received her undergraduate degree in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College in 1957 and her masters degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1958. She began active teaching at the Alcott School in Concord, MA, and after raising her children, returned to teaching at the Ambrose Elementary School in Winchester until her retirement in 2000. She also served for two terms on the Winchester (MA) school committee from 1978 to 1984. She encouraged countless numbers of fifth and sixth graders and their families to strive with ever higher standards of grammatical precision and mathematical rigor. History was her special interest and her "Westward Ho" and year-end math mini golfing gained notoriety among her students and colleagues. Jeannie celebrated and treasured her friendships over the decades with the unique collection of people she gathered around her from childhood, college, graduate school, and community. She enjoyed nothing better than a coffee and cookie gaggle of Winchester friends, sharing political campaign tips, childrearing commiseration, and birthday reverie. She remembered her friends with vivid kindness and pleasure, hosting them in Nantucket for "white tornado" weekends and holiday cookie exchanges with a whirlwind of energy and a frenzy of handwritten cards, sentimental poetry, and bulletin board decor. Her two brothers, Vic and Keith, always held a special place in her heart and she maintained deep relationships with them and their families. She was the proud and loving mother of four children, whom she encouraged to pursue their passions in learning, careers, and family. A Red Sox convert and aficionado despite her NY heritage, she could always weigh in with her grandchildren on Ellsbury's statistics and Papelbon's closes. An observant and sometimes social critic, she opined on the world around her with vigor and intensity, and loved a good debate on any and every controversial topic. She adored and rooted for her ten grandchildren in their triumphs and endeavors. Neither thunderstorms nor blizzards kept her from their births, ball fields, karate graduations, middle school theatre stages, dance school auditoriums and fire station field trips. She lived long enough to honor the youngest's kindergarten entrance, as well as to see all her grandchildren establish themselves as active and curious students, thriving in enterprises as varied as intermediate Latin, hip hop dance, trumpet concerts, Russian math, musical theatre performances, gaga pits, Ghanian and Appalachian service trips, and lemonade stand entrepreneurship. Jeannie is survived by her husband Walther (Bud), daughter Sally and husband Mike, daughter Laura (Turner) and husband Dave, daughter Janet (Kepes) and husband Andy, son Bill and wife Chris, ten grandchildren: Sammy, Alex, Tyler, Lauren, Ben, Nichol, Anna, Hannah, Jenna, and Kelsey, and brothers G. Vicary Mahler of Sarasota, FL, and W. Keith Mahler or Sautee Nacoochee, GA. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 11AM at the Winchester Unitarian Society, 478 Main Street, Winchester, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeannie's name to The Mount Holyoke College Fund, c/o Mount Holyoke College, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075 or a charity of your choice.
Published by The Winchester Star from Sep. 17 to Sep. 24, 2013.