OBITUARY

Mrs. Jean Sinclair (Ramsay) Sassin

December 4, 1918November 29, 2018
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Jean S. Sassin Age 99, of Blaine Passed away November 29, 2018, five days prior to her 100th Birthday Survived by her Daughters, Anne Walter, Dona-Jean (Thomas) Biro; 6 Grandchildren; 3 Great-grandchildren. ~Funeral Service~ 11:00 am Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at United Church of Christ 1000 Long Lake Rd. New Brighton, Minnesota ~Visitation~ 5-8 pm Monday, December 3, 2018 at Gearhart Coon Rapids Funeral Home 11275 Foley Blvd. NW. Coon Rapids, Minnesota and 10am until time of service on Tuesday at church. ~Interment~ Roselawn Cemetery Roseville, Minnesota In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to the United Church of Christ or Any Humane Society. www.GearhartFuneralHome.com 763-755-6300

  • FAMILY

  • Survived by her Daughters, Anne Walter, Dona-Jean (Thomas) Biro; 6 Grandchildren; 3 Great-grandchildren

Services

  • Evening Visitation Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 4, 2018
REMEMBERING

Mrs. Jean Sinclair (Ramsay) Sassin

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In Toronto, with Mom.

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In Toronto with Aunt Nellie

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In Toronto, with Dad.

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"Little Lady Jeanie", as she used to say to her Grandfather Bevington; "I have to be a 'Lady'." - while living in Scotland in the early 1920's.

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In Detroit, with Dad.

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For a costume-party this little outfit, of a "Cherry-Blossom", was made entirely out of crape-paper.

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1927, by the house on Outer Drive "Brightmore", in Detroit, with Dad and her brother.

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Facing their house, on Outer Drive, "Brightmore" in Detroit Michigan, Jean and her brother.

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1929, in Detroit, with Mom.

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1932, with her piano-instructor "Smithy", of whom she was not the biggest fan; for he made her play "BACH". This was taken at the Masonic Temple, in Detroit.

FROM THE FAMILY

In Toronto, with Mom.

FROM THE FAMILY

In Toronto with Aunt Nellie

FROM THE FAMILY

In Toronto, with Dad.

FROM THE FAMILY

"Little Lady Jeanie", as she used to say to her Grandfather Bevington; "I have to be a 'Lady'." - while living in Scotland in the early 1920's.

FROM THE FAMILY

In Detroit, with Dad.

FROM THE FAMILY

For a costume-party this little outfit, of a "Cherry-Blossom", was made entirely out of crape-paper.

FROM THE FAMILY

1927, by the house on Outer Drive "Brightmore", in Detroit, with Dad and her brother.

FROM THE FAMILY

Facing their house, on Outer Drive, "Brightmore" in Detroit Michigan, Jean and her brother.

FROM THE FAMILY

1929, in Detroit, with Mom.

FROM THE FAMILY

1932, with her piano-instructor "Smithy", of whom she was not the biggest fan; for he made her play "BACH". This was taken at the Masonic Temple, in Detroit.

Biography

For all who had known her in separate contexts, this should serve as a brief overview of a fascinating 100-years of LIFE; though to share the complete richness, with every experience and story, could fill volumes.

Born on the 4th of December, in 1918, "Jean Sinclair Ramsay" always carried within her a not too inconsiderable amount of pride in being a native of Edinburgh, Scotland.

However, the world her parents had come-of-age in was changing, and they endeavored to build a life for their family elsewhere. And so it was; only two years into her life, she found herself crossing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time - destination Toronto, Canada.

But this proved not to be where the "Family-Ramsay" needed to be. So while her father ventured across North America searching for a suitable place to make his family happy, "Lil' Lady Jean" returned to Edinburgh with her mother, for the nine-months necessary for him to achieve his goal.

To the Pacific Ocean and back, it was Detroit, Michigan, in the United States of America which beckoned as their land of opportunity. Mother and daughter joined him there. With a brother born five years after her, this family discovered their true "Home" was within the four of them.

Being educated entirely in the United States, it was following her graduation from High School that personal-circumstances of the 1930's prompted the family moving back, yet again, to Edinburgh, where they remained for the next two years.

In that time her world opened up. With countless relatives, becoming instant friends, and additional acquaintances following suit; this was a glorious time in her life in which she truly blossomed. Working for an advertising agency, filled with fun and excitement; her parents choosing a return to Detroit was not the option she preferred. And remain there she would have, but for the feelings of her mother; who would have been heartbroken.

However settling back into a life in Detroit was short-lived, as her maternal-grandfather had taken ill. So again, mother and daughter crossed the Atlantic Ocean to serve as his caregivers for another nine-months. Though admittedly her ulterior-motive for going included another wee-taste of "That Life" she become so fond of.

Finally they did find their way back to "The Boys", in Detroit, and built anew their American family-life.

She fell in-love and married to become a "McNair", followed by three daughters - in rather quick succession. Their eldest never left the hospital, dying shortly thereafter, but the next two thrived. And while the marriage wasn't destined to last forever, she came through with the greatest of all blessings - the two foundations of her own progeny.

Many trials befell she and the family, over the years. Her sister-in-law contracted polio, her dear beloved father died at only 61-years of age, but worse yet...the brother she so adored only lived to 36 - leaving behind a handicapped wife, and three small children. But it is in the most dire of circumstances when a family comes together, to do whatever needs doing.

She fell in-love again, and then once more after that, finally becoming a "Sassin" with her marriage in 1961. But only after her daughters were both grown, and her mother had been settled into a house of her own - necessitating a seven-year long engagement.

After years of a professional-life; 1971 introduced another glorious phase of life..."RETIREMENT"! But more than not working, she could indulge her JOY in being a grandmother enthusiastically.

With four grandchildren being raised in Ohio, and two remaining in Michigan, her cars plied countless miles in order to experience their growing-up first-hand. School functions, scouting-events, holidays, birthdays, weddings...every other possible goings-on which involved a grand-kid...she made it a point to be there.

This was the portion of her life which she considered to be "The Greatest".

After caring for her husband, throughout a five-year-long decline in health, she found herself a widow in 1990. A few short months later her mother died at the age of 99. And she genuinely felt as though this was the lowest-point ever reached.

As a teenager she had thought 70 to be really...really...really old. And never imagined she'd even live that long. But there she was, in her early seventies, still vital and very much alive. Then too she questioned "HOPE", wondering if there was any still to be found. However was soon to discover, it found her.

She bought house of her very own, and for the first time in life confidently experienced living alone. Then took to the new community by volunteering at the local hospital...which she did longer than she'd ever worked...joined the "New-Comer's Club", a "Christian Women's Group", the "Jolly Sixties"... Yet another whole new phase of her life.

But with her offspring having to move even further away, she contemplated staying put. However..."Family Comes First", and at the age of 93...moved from Michigan to Minnesota. Still not certain she'd find anything to do...

However, this life-long Catholic-girl switched denominations, and joined a congregation of the "United Church of Christ". As a rather active member, she participated in a monthly "Adventurous Dining-Out Group", assembled food packages for the organization "Feed My Starving Children", volunteered many times feeding the Twin Cities' homeless through a program called "Loaves & Fishes" - along with lending practical labor in sewing hats for them as well, with "Harmony Hats" - was a regular attendee every Wednesday evening for an inter-generational dinner with fellow church-goers, seldom missed the monthly "Senior Luncheon" either, and even helped with the setting-up for funerals of people a fraction of her age. She enjoyed several trips to the "Pilgrim Point Camp", in Alexandria, Minnesota; for "All Church Family Retreats" and "Women's Retreats".

Beyond church she joined the "Red Hats", enjoyed live theater, museums, and any opportunity to be "Doing".

In 2012 she made her 12th and 13th Atlantic-crossings; returning one last time to visit her 'ever cherished Scotland.

Hers' was a life of constant adaptation, sacrifice, and devotion. Family, above all else, was her paramount-priority. "Hope" may have sometime been temporarily misplaced, but it ultimately got her through. She "LOVED"! She "CARED"!

The end of her life came peacefully on the 29th of November 2018. A funeral was held on her 100th-Birthday, as a celebration of a life well-lived.

Long ago she had heard that for as long as someone is remembered, they remain immortal. In the hearts of ALL who were blessed to know her, she shall live forever.

Her Father: David Robert Ramsay (Born: 1893 Died; 1954)
Her Mother: Jane Mackay (Bevington) Ramsay (Born: 1891 Died: 1990)

Her Self: Jean Sinclair (Ramsay) Sassin (Born: 1918 Died: 2018)
**Husband One: Donald R. McNair (Married: 1940, Divorced 1945)
Daughter: Donna-Jean Augusta McNair (Born: 1940 D: 1940)
Daughter: Elizabeth Anne (McNair) Walter (Born: 1942, Married: Don Walter 1971 - Widowed:1995)
Granddaughter: Jeannie Marie (Walter) Dow (Born: 1972, Married John Dow 1998)
Grandson: Donald Albert Walter (Born: 1973, Married: Mystique 1999)
Granddaughter: Alice Maureen (Walter) Geiger (Born:1974, Married: Steve Geiger 2000)
Great-Granddaughter: Natalie Geiger (Born: 2002)
Great-Granddaughter: Paige Geiger (Born: 2005
Grandson: Christian Charles Walter (Born: 1980)
Dona-Jean Ramsay (McNair) Biro (Born: 1943, Married: Thomas Zoltan Biro 1967)
Grandson: David Zolton Biro (Born: 1968)
Granddaughter: Laura Ann Biro (Born:1970, Changed Name To: Ryan Christopher Biro 2018, Married: Alesia Thompson 2018)
Great-Grandson: Noah Dean Biro (Born: 2002)
**Husband Two: Emil James Sassin (Born: 1919, Married: 1961, Died 1990)

Her Brother: David (Bob) Robert Bevington Ramsay (Born: 1924, Married: Evelyn 1948, Died 1961)
Nephew: David (Robby) Robert Bevington Ramsay (Daughters: Michelle, and Heather)
Nephew: Allan Ramsay (Daughter: Audra)
Niece: Victoria (Vickie) Ramsay (Daughters: Theresa, Tonya, and Tera)