Swan Funeral Home

80 East Main Street, Clinton, CT


Jennifer Cea Tardieu

July 16, 1951January 4, 2020

Jennifer Cea Tardieu, 68, passed away on January 4th, 2020. She was born in New York City on July 16th, 1951 to Jeanette Catherine Panza and Frank Cea. She is survived by her husband of 41 years Raymond Tardieu and her daughter Jeana Newman and her husband Jack Newman. She is also survived by her siblings Donna (Curt) Dea, and Stephen (Jennifer) Cea.

Jennifer graduated in 1974 from SUNY Farmingdale in Long Island New York, with a degree in Dental Hygiene. In 1978 her husband brought her to CT where she began to worked for Dr. Pool, and then Dr. Brady. When Jennifer first moved to CT she joined a group of women that advocated for women’s rights, racism, and equality for all people. This later inspired Jen to spend the rest of her life to fight for what is right. She was involved for many years as a Girl Scout Leader in Clinton. Jennifer also was involved with St. Mary’s CCD program as well as the women’s prayer group. She also traveled with St. Mary’s on a mission trip to Peru where she helped in an orphanage. Jennifer was a member of the Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) for many years, and felt passionately about educational rights.

As a true “Italian” she enjoyed life, and in true Jennifer fashion she lived by her favorite motto “Live, Laugh, Love”. Jennifer loved to spend time with friends and family, travel to warm destinations, and to take advantage of every opportunity life had to offer.

Visiting hours will be on Friday January 10th from 4 – 7 PM at Swan Funeral home in Clinton CT. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday 11th at St. Mary’s Church of Visitation in Clinton CT at 11am, Burial will be private.

The family is asking in lieu of flowers to donate to Angel Tree (apart of the Prison Fellowship Foundation- Prisonfellowship.org) an organization that Jennifer felt very passionate about and often donated to.


  • Calling Hours Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 11, 2020


Jennifer Cea Tardieu

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Pam Millette

January 13, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of your Moms passing. I just found out. I remember all of the long talks we had and the laughs with our Girl Scout troop. She had a great laugh and wonderful smile. Such a wonderful woman, with beautiful kind eyes. I’m so sorry that I missed her service. Prayers for peace and comfort.

Diane & Jim Evans

January 11, 2020

Ray and Jeana,

Jim and I are so sorry that you have lost Jenn! Although we only spent a weekend with the three of you in Buffalo for Dan and Danielle's wedding- we could feel her love and excitement for life! Personally, I enjoyed my conversations with her at the rehearsal dinner at the Doubletree Hotel. There are some people you meet that you have an instant connection and feel that you could have a great friendship with! When we go to Mass tonight here in our mountains of Colorado, please know that you all will be in our hearts and in our prayers. Love Diane & Jim Evans

Glenn Diedricksen

January 10, 2020

Dear Ray, Jeana, Jack, and Family,

We offer our deepest condolences on Jennifer's
We'll remember her big smile, humor,
and honesty. She loved and was proud of her
Ray, your loving care enabled her to attend Jeana and Jack's wedding. Jen was grateful for that. She can now rest in peace.

With heart felt sympathy,
Glenn & Sigrid Diedricksen

Valerie Russell

January 7, 2020

Jennifer and I were cousins. Although my family moved out of the New York area when we were babies, many many summers were spent visiting . Her Mom , Aunt Jeanette was the youngest of the Panza clan and my coolest Aunt.
Jennifer was fun, funny, warm and that laugh was contagious.
I am so saddened that she has passed, she will surely be always remembered with love and a smile. My deepest sympathy to Ray and Jeana.
With love,
Cousin Valerie ( Aunt Fran and Uncle Bill’s daughter)


January 7, 2020

Ray ...so very sorry about you loss..

Hannah Labrec

January 6, 2020

She was the sweetest soul around. Contagious laugh & such a beautiful person. I feel blessed that I was able to say she was a mentor. friend. & coworker. Thinking of you all. She will be greatly missed ❤️❤️❤️

Freda Wood

January 6, 2020

To Ray, Jeana and Jack: Bob and I send our sincerest condolences for your loss. Always a smile, always an open door, we will remember spending holidays together. We had the best times and you were the best neighbors.

Mary Marantz

January 6, 2020

Ray and family sending our deepest sympathy. Jen will be greatly missed. We had a lot of laughs. Mary Marantz (headquarters)

George & Peggy Krny

January 6, 2020

We are so shocked and saddened to learn of Jennifer's passing. Our sincere condolences to Ray, Jeana, and Jack.

Ray, you were a caring and supportive husband, and Jeana, you were a loving and devoted daughter. May you all take some measure of comfort in knowing that we share your loss and are here for you. When we think of Jennifer we will always remember her perennial smile. Remembering all of you in our prayers.

George and Peggy Krny