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Swan Funeral Home

80 East Main Street, Clinton, CT

OBITUARY

Jean Dapra

July 8, 1941August 21, 2020

On Friday, August 21st 2020, Jean Jacqueline Dapra (Jeannie) passed peacefully, succumbing to a battle with a fast-spreading cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family who thank the staff of Middlesex Hospital Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.

Jeannie is pre-deceased by her father and mother, John J. and Ann Jakovac of Oakmont, PA. where she was born and raised. Jeannie is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Richard, her son Jonathan; son Jason and wife Cynthia; and daughter Ann and husband Michael Baisley. Jeannie’s four grandchildren will miss their Nana—Matthew Ryan Dapra, Natalie Anne Dapra, Perrin Elizabeth Baisley and Porter Vivian Baisley. Jeannie is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Wratcher; niece Marcia Wratcher; and nephews Robert Wratcher and Thomas Wratcher.

Jeannie attended Oakmont High School and graduated from Presbyterian University Hospital, School of Nursing in Pittsburgh PA. Jeannie loved people which led her to a career in nursing, initially practicing at Eye and Ear Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh. She later was the Intake Coordinator for Hospice of Western Connecticut. Jeannie actively volunteered in the various communities where she lived, which included Chair of the Board of the Stanley Whitman Museum in Farmington, CT. as well as the head of volunteers for the Ridgefield Community Center.

Jeannie loved life and the many people she befriended through the years. She loved words, not just as an avid reader, but she also wrote countless letters, poems and articles for family, friends and publications. Jeannie was an award-winning author of the children’s book, A Magical Journey to Nana-Tucket, a whimsical Christmas story of the power of grandmothers’ love. A second book, A Magical Birthday Cake for You, will be posthumously published this Fall. Proceeds from the sales of her Christmas book go to Heroes in Transition (HIT), an organization supporting the transition of veterans to civilian life. HIT awarded Jeannie the Leading by Example Award for unrelenting and altruistic activities in support of our veterans. Jeannie was a patriot who was most proud to be married to a Marine Officer. She and Richard annually celebrated the Corps Birthday.

Jeannie’s most significant goal in life was to create a warm, loving family with strong bonds with and between her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She exceeded her goal and will be cherished by her family as the Nana who always said: “It is nice to be important, but more important to be nice.” A private mass of Christian burial will be held at St Mary’s of the Visitation in Clinton. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name to Heroes in Transition or The Sara Foundation are appreciated.

https://www.heroesintransition.org/

http://sarahfoundation.org/

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Yvonne Carr

August 31, 2020

Jeannie was my special "pen-pal" E-mail buddy. Michael is my first
grandson so I met her when Joelle & I flew to CT to "meet the parents" when Michael & Ann were making wedding plans. Jeannie and I became friends. She was such an interesting, lovely & talented lady. I still have the program she made when she & Richard
entertained us for a fantastic Thanksgiving trip that ended with Santa 'Richard' arriving to the delight of all of us, especially the children. I miss her so very much.
Yvonne Carr

Bob, Kathy, Bobby Dully

August 27, 2020

Partner
Our hearts are broken.
Our tears are for all the family.

Jeannie’s smile will never fade nor the twinkle in her eye as she would tell a story.

How much she loved you and together what a perfect couple you made will forever be a happy memory as we keep her in our prayers.

Love
Bob, Kathy & Bobby Dully

Jonathan dpra

August 26, 2020

My mother was the heart and soul of our family. I was her first-born and through the years she told me many stories of her joy awaiting for my arrival and her excitement to be a mother. She was equally thrilled when my brother Jason, and later, sister Ann were born. My Mother had a way of making three very different siblings feel special, loved, and important. Anything we are is testament to a mother who was equal parts cheerleader and ever-protective lioness to her cubs.

As a Nana she build special relationships with each little one. The four grandchildren learned early how to dream big, be happy, and that Nana would always be there cheering on each. What a gift.

Finally, there is my Dad, her only love, best friend, and patriotic marine! They were the best of partners who loved each minutes they shared together. Rich & Jeannie Dapra—there was a couple,

This is all so sudden and surreal. We will miss you everyday. But we will carry your spirit and values in our hearts and minds forever. In the end, my Mother built a family that truly understand how important we means to each others’ success and happiness in life.

Mother, I will miss you forever. I will spend my years remembering your examples and trying to be the man you knew I could be.

With all my love,

Jonathan

Elizabeth Jacobowitz

August 26, 2020

Two years ago on the day of our move, Jeannie came over with a beautifully wrapped bouquet to welcome me and my daughter to the neighborhood. She was a warm, gracious, artistic and literary person who graced everything she did with charm and elegance. I loved her stories of taking her freshly bathed Shar Pei with a colorful scarf to visit her hospice patients! And I absorbed so many decorating and gardening tips from Jeannie. She will be sorely missed by her many close friends as well as her tremendously loving family. Rest In Peace, Jeannie.

Liz

Meghan Tinkham

August 26, 2020

I have so many wonderful memories these past almost 30 years. Jeannie and Richard always made me feel like part of the family. Jeannie started my love of blue hydrangeas and I always think of her when I see one. She loved her family and friends and would do anything for them. I am heartbroken but know she is watching over everyone from Heaven as she did here on Earth. Sending love to all the Dapras and Baisleys. xoxo

Madeleine Ortman

August 26, 2020

My heart is breaking for you. Much, much love to all. I hang this ornament on my tree every year ... since 1977.

Jan Nelson

August 25, 2020

A sweet, sweet, sweet woman and friend is gone. We are heartbroken for Jean and the family and friends she loved so much. There is a special place in my heart for Jean, always with a smile, always encouraging and my favorite customer at Maggie's of Madison. We all will miss her so much, more than a customer, she was our friend. We all have her book, she signed mine especially for my first granddaughter which meant the world to me.

I love you Jean. On angel's wings to God's care. Until we meet again, Jan Nelson

Perrin Baisley

August 25, 2020

Dear PapPap and family,
I hope we can all remember the many Christmases, Thanksgivings and Fourth of July’s we shared with Nana. She made sure that we had fun and felt special, she threw the best parties ever. She always told us how much she loved us and how we filled her life with joy. We will miss her greatly, but we can keep looking for signs that she is with us, and carry on her legacy.

Love, Perrin

Elaine Abdur-Razzaaq

August 24, 2020

To the Dapra Family,
I will never forget our chance meeting in Madison the Summer of 2018; Rich on the golf course that day with my husband and all of us coincidentally that night at the same restaurant for dinner. It was the day the author and the librarian met. Jeannie and I developed a friendship based on our most treasured title – being a Nana. I’ve reread her texts and wish I had picked up the phone more to hear her voice. Jeannie and I never talked about our difference in race or religion. We were much more bound by our similarities and our love for books that bring magic to kids. I will miss my dear friend. As her family, you were blessed to know and love her, and I pray that your many memories will bring comfort to you in this most difficult time. Rich, Samad and I are here for you.

Debra Palmer

August 24, 2020

From the moment Jeff and I met Jeannie, we were deeply struck by her aura of kindness, creativity, style, generosity, intelligence, playfulness and a real joy for life. She was also deeply in love with her husband, Rich, and her beautiful family. We pray for her and her family that the wonderful memories she created live long as an inspiration for them to follow in her footsteps. God bless the family at this time of great loss.

FROM THE FAMILY

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