OBITUARY

Jean B Laughlin

August 8, 1921September 26, 2020

Jean B. Laughlin slipped peacefully away on the morning of September 26, 2020 in Bradenton, FL at the age of 99. She is preceded in death by her husband Eugene M. Laughlin. She was the 11th child of thirteen. She is survived by her brother John (95), youngest of the family, in Stowe, VT; her four children: Donna, Danny (Pam), Debra (Raj), and Darcy (Christopher) ; five grandchildren: Nick, Mike (Chloe), Jennifer (Mike), Rebecca (Kendal), and Jaz, as well as five great grandchildren. Jean loved traveling to see new places and meet new people, visiting all 50 states with her husband. Jean & Gene drove their motorhome to Alaska five times, and Jean’s international travels included Europe, Panama, and Ireland. When she wasn’t on the go, a great love of hers was simply basking in the Florida sunshine. She will be forever remembered for her generous heart, serving with her sorority sisters (Beta Sigma Phi for 50 years!) and volunteering around the Titusville neighborhood. Jean was always game for an adventure and never turned down a party. In the family she was known as the energizer bunny, perpetually in motion with cooking, baking, golfing, seamstressing, or running errands for charities. She was always engaged with her neighbors in The Great Outdoors in Titusville & Meadowcroft in Bradenton, FL. Known for her quick wit, she kept everyone on their toes and reminded one and all to enjoy the little things that life had to offer. She was always ready to hear or tell a joke. Her jokes even landed her first place at the family's annual talent competition in Alaska at Butterfly Lake, two years in a row - at ages 89 & 90! She was a treasure to all and never hesitated to share her heart of gold. She lived by her motto “always be kind”. Jean was loved and admired by all who knew her.

A Virtual Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, October 18th at 1:00 pm. Please join the Zoom livestream by seeing the scheduled services section. For any questions please contact Debra or Donna.

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Blanca López González

October 18, 2020

Jean was like a grandmother to me. The little time I got to spend with her on my year abroad in 2010 was enough to show me that she is one of the most loving and caring persons I’ve met in my life. She was really sweet and treated me like part of her family. It breaks my heart that I wasn’t able to go back and see her one last time ❤️ Sending hugs and kisses to everyone

Marie Giovanelli

October 18, 2020

What an extraordinary woman my Aunt Jean was. . . so full of energy, vitality and a zest for living. I always looked forward to seeing her at the Bogdan family reunions. I loved hearing about her adventures in her mobile home and summers spent in Alaska. I fondly recall the last time I saw Jean in Sarasota when visiting her and Donna. She was her usual energetic self walking the entire route of the Botanical Gardens (just loved seeing her hugging that tree), going consignment shopping and enjoying lunch out. I also admired the love and devotion Donna shared with her mother in her final years. What a long and full life.

Cathy Owens

October 18, 2020

I had the privilege of knowing Jean for a brief time and despite her declining health she was always a joy to be around. She was a gracious lady who always imparted a humorous quip and would wait with those sparkling eyes to see our laughter. Jean's good humor endeared her to anyone in her sunny presence.

Lana Owens

October 17, 2020

The first time I met Jean was in the fading days of summer in 2007. The yard and the back porch of the little house in Connecticut was filled with people mingling and talking, some were laughing with people they had just met.

I came up behind Jean who was in the kitchen doing dishes. Her daughter, Donna, was at my side. Jean’s face lit up as she looked into my eyes and took my hands like a long-lost friend; she knew Donna and I were very close friends and that was enough for her.

Her youthful appearance was notable: clear skin, bright eyes, trim agile physique and shining hair. She was a testament to her chosen profession, nutrition. I could feel an open-hearted energy about her. She was not without joy, even on that day, in that situation, where we had gathered to celebrate the life of her husband, Gene, who had just passed away.

Over the years, I came to know Jean better and she always lived up to my original impressions. She was one of the most positive people I have ever met, as well as one of the funniest. People were drawn to her. Even in her late nineties, she made friends with workers and residents at her homes.

Jean was an outdoor girl and always wanted to go walking, then later wheeling, around her residential properties and/or go out with Donna on their frequent adventures exploring new places, going to the beach and parks, and trying new restaurants. She loved to dine out. It was always a pleasure to join them, albeit hard sometimes, not to laugh at a little 90+ woman chowing down with an appetite like a truck driver.

In the past few years, I had the privilege of spending more time with Jean and Donna together. The enduring devotion they had for one other was a thing to behold. They would laugh and giggle together like too girlfriends, always accenting the positive and quickly dispatching anything negative with a joke. This sharing of her spirit will be greatly missed by those who were lucky enough to be loved by her

Ginny Such

October 16, 2020

Aunt Jean with brother, John, enjoying the Bogdan family picnic in Westfield, MA at the old family farm, entertaining us all, telling stories of the old days on the farm and laughing it up. 2015

Ginny Such

October 16, 2020

Aunt Jean, my mother and their sisters loved visiting each other and traveling together. I remember hearing tales of their adventures together in Vermont, Western MA and Cape Cod where laughter, merriment and good times prevailed. Photo of the Bogdan sisters: Wanda Bradford, Helen Such, Jean Laughlin, Sophie Dalto, Alice Larrecq (circa 1990).

Ginny Such

October 16, 2020

I remember Aunt Jean, my mother's sister, so fondly. She was always warm and full of fun and energy. I remember my mother telling me that Aunt Jean visited her and my father after they moved to Charlotte, NC. Aunt Jean bravely took the train all by herself from Westfield. Photo of Jean Bogdan in front of my parents' house, circa 1940.

Donna J Laughlin

October 16, 2020

Donna J Laughlin

October 15, 2020

Mom and Alberta. Alberta and Dorothy her sister help me take care of mom the last two years while she was at Summerfield. We couldn't have had two more caring wonderful people. Mom loved them both.❤️Me too.
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Lynn Foraker

October 13, 2020

Jean was a wonderful neighbor and friend. We shared many good times together on Twin Lakes. Here is a photo from ome of her birthday parties.

Lynn

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