Jeanette Maria Chang

February 26, 1941December 26, 2018

Jeanette M Chang of Deerfield Beach, FL passed away the morning of December 26, 2018 at the age of seventy-seven. Jeanette was in great spirits on Christmas surrounded by loving family and holiday joy. Jeanette was always immersed in boundless love. Jeanette was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. She attended Alpha Academy where her kind spirit blossomed. Jeanette is survived by her four children (Dean Chang, Juliette Nicholson, Gary Chang, and Karen Carter), five grandchildren (Alexandra Henry, Catherine Chang-Giovannoni, Brandon Chang, Justin Chang, and Isabella Sharp), and a host of adoring family members and friends.

Jeanette was the rock and centerpiece of her family. In her younger years she was a hard worker, after losing her husband “Ramsay” at an early age, she raised her four children on her own, all while always seeing the positive light in things and giving anything she could to those she loved.

Above all, though Jeanette’s greatest pride were her grandchildren as their beloved Japo. She was blessed to have had a special relationship with each of them. Japo will be deeply missed but never gone—her footprint will forever exist, especially by way of her children and grandchildren.

There will be a viewing on Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 PM at Kraeer-Becker Funeral Home, with a funeral service at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Deerfield Beach on Monday, 10 AM, January 7, 2019. For those inclined to do so (though such is certainly not expected), a charitable donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Jeanette’s name (in lieu of flowers or the like) would be very much appreciated by Jeanette and her family. The site to donate is


  • Visitation Sunday, January 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 7, 2019

Jeanette Maria Chang

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Geraldine Quarrie

February 3, 2019

To the family of Jeanette, she was a dear friend and a kind person. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, and with time your pain and sorrow will be healed.

Karen Chang-Carter

January 17, 2019

I was always her baby, she was always my Mama. As an adult she became my best friend, advisor and confidante. Her greatest quality was to encourage me to make the best of everything and to face problems head on. As much as I took her advice, she was always by my side to see me through. She was my biggest supporter, and our lives took us on many adventures together. Her role as Japo was her happiest. She was always insistent on being the one to show Isabella the ocean, and she did—even if it was just splashing and getting her feet wet. She wanted to be there for many of her life’s firsts. Her life was a blessing to us, and her memory I will hold tight. She is loved beyond any words I can put to paper and will be missed beyond anything I can measure. Nothing loved is ever lost—and she was loved so much.

Margrit and Keith Chang

December 31, 2018

Jeanette always received and accommodated us with kindness, love and caring. She loved good food, which she shared happily with all. One day I misunderstood a question in Jamaican dialect. Thigh Foo was new to me. "SCARY" Not until we reached the restaurant, I discovered to my relief, it was Thai food. We had a good laugh and happily indulged in our meal. Jeanette will live in our memories. Fair well dear Jeanette.