Our community, family, and friends have sadly lost Jeannette Winans, age 94, on Jan. 7, 2020.
She calmly and peacefully slipped away, in the presence of her beloved family, after graciously dealing with dementia for way too long, while staying at Towsley Village, Chelsea Retirement Community of Chelsea, MI.
Jeannette May was born in her Aunt Marie and Uncle Steve’s home in Rockford, OH to Bert and Esther May on May 25, 1925. Jeannette’s early life was spent with a family on the move, following a road-building father, OG May. They lived all over the upper Ohio, Indiana, southern Michigan, and Pennsylvania region (moving too often for Jeannette) to where the jobs were, which were steady during the Depression and WW2.
She was taught to make her own clothes by her mother, Esther, and they raised animals, grew vegetables, canned, swept dirt yards and plank floors in their rented houses, and walked “miles” or rode buses to school. She was always clever about having learned to drive a pickup with the “3-on-the-tree.”
As her family grew older, they ended up in Chelsea, whereupon her mother laid down the law, and there was to be no more moving. Then the girls and brother Leroy could stay in one place and go to high school. That was that.
Jeannette graduated from Chelsea High, proceeded to Chicago for business school, and returned to the area to work in offices at the U of M, Bauser, and Federal Screw Works in Chelsea.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, 3 p.m., at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Tina Zimmerman, Chaplain of Chelsea Retirement Community, officiating. Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. at the funeral home the day of service.
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