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740 East 86th St, Indianapolis, IN

OBITUARY

Jean Quinn

April 16, 1936July 15, 2020
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Jean Heidt Quinn, civic volunteer and organizer, devoted mother and grandmother, died on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at the age of 84 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Jean was the first child born to the late John and Francis (Kotteman) Heidt. She attended St. Agnes Academy for high school and was a graduate of St. Mary’s College. Jean met and then married Richard Quinn, who passed away in February, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in 1961. They moved to Marion, IN, for 13 years before returning to her hometown in 1977.

As a third generation Indianapolis resident, Jean was deeply involved in the city and loved introducing new residents to all it had to offer. Jean’s hallmark was her love and promotion of Indianapolis and her ability to build lifelong friendships. She followed the example set by her mother and began a lifelong career of volunteer work and cultural advocacy. She was well known for innovative and relentless fundraising, her organizational prowess, and creative event production.

Jean was an active member of a number of organizations including the Children’s Museum Guild, the Junior League, the Garden Club, the Christamore Aid Society and the Brebeuf Mother’s Association, among others. She chaired hospitality and protocol committees for the National Sports Festival and the Pan American Games. She was an involved parishioner at St. Luke Catholic Church and served on the Building Committee for the construction of the current church.

A staunch advocate for the arts and the city, Jean’s board of directors work included Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Women’s Committee, and was the first female President of Woodstock Country Club. She was a long time member of the Marquette Manor Board of Directors where she eventually became a resident.

Holidays were a favorite time of year for Jean during which she loved to bake, decorate, and celebrate with her friends and family. Her Christmas coffee cakes were prolific and legendary. She took great pride in being an involved grandmother in each of her grandchildren’s lives and activities.

Jean is survived by her children Michael (Betsy), Heather (Laura), John (Jeaneane); her 4 grandchildren, Jack, Olivia, Abby, and Johnny; and her 3 siblings Jack Heidt (Bonnie), Mary Clare Broadbent (George), and Steve Heidt (Nancy).

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Peace Mausoleum Chapel. A public Memorial Mass will be announced and celebrated at St. Luke Catholic Church at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested in Jean’s name to Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Online condolences available at: www.leppertmortuary.com.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, July 20, 2020

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Glenda Rogers

July 27, 2020

Kim and I were saddened to learn recently of Jean and Dick's passings. We enjoyed many fun times together--sailing in the
Grenadines, organizing events at the auditorium opening, creating
innovative parties at the Mecca Club. After their Marion years, Jean took her creative planning to Indianapolis' highest levels! Through the years we enjoyed IRT and Symphony-on-the-Prairie
performances. Some of my favorite recipes were Jean's culinary
delights. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Michael, Heather, John and your families; we fondly remember each of you in your formative Marion years. Jack, your Sigma Chi leadership was appreciated by Kim in those IU days. Mary Clare, you kindly made Penrod tickets available each fall. And, Steve, you are blessed to be part of such a talented, caring family. Please have the designated family member inform us when you have the memorial mass.
God's love to all of you.
Glenda and Kim Rogers
Marion, Indiana

Janet Watkins

July 23, 2020

Jean and Dick were the first people outside of the Davis Clinic whom Jim and I met when we moved to Marion, Indiana in 1964. We soon were playing golf with them at Meshingomesia Country Club. They introduced us to many people and we quickly became assimilated. Jean got me involved in many cultural and civic organizations. I will thank them for ever for the lovely 4 years that we lived there. We will always treasure our friendship which lasted through the years after we left Marion.

Janet Allen

July 23, 2020

Remembering Jean's many contributions to our work at the Indiana Repertory Theatre with great gratitude. There were many years in which Jean and Dick were favorite guests at opening nights, fundraisers and special events. True community leaders. Truly missed.

Janet Allen
Margot Lacy Eccles Artistic Director
Indiana Repertory Theatre

Bob Desautels

July 23, 2020

The Desautels family has been dear friends of Jean’s family (Heidt) for years. Jean’s parents were close friend with my mother and dad (Josephine and Duke Desautels).

My recollections of Jean included her love for the city and her many volunteer leadership services she gave to so many organizations. She was one charming and successful lady.

Mary Clare Broadbent

July 20, 2020

Lovely ceremony for my beautiful sister. Thank you for providing her funeral on livestream for all of us who could not attend.
I will miss you dear sister, see you in heaven sometime later. Love you, Mary Clare

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Biography

Jean Heidt Quinn, civic volunteer and organizer, devoted mother and grandmother, died on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at the age of 84 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Jean was the first child born to the late John and Francis (Kotteman) Heidt. She attended St. Agnes Academy for high school and was a graduate of St. Mary’s College. Jean met and then married Richard Quinn, who passed away in February, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in 1961. They moved to Marion, IN, for 13 years before returning to her hometown in 1977.

As a third generation Indianapolis resident, Jean was deeply involved in the city and loved introducing new residents to all it had to offer. Jean’s hallmark was her love and promotion of Indianapolis and her ability to build lifelong friendships. She followed the example set by her mother and began a lifelong career of volunteer work and cultural advocacy. She was well known for innovative and relentless fundraising, her organizational prowess, and creative event production.

Jean was an active member of a number of organizations including the Children’s Museum Guild, the Junior League, the Garden Club, the Christamore Aid Society and the Brebeuf Mother’s Association, among others. She chaired hospitality and protocol committees for the National Sports Festival and the Pan American Games. She was an involved parishioner at St. Luke Catholic Church and served on the Building Committee for the construction of the current church.

A staunch advocate for the arts and the city, Jean’s board of directors work included Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Women’s Committee, and was the first female President of Woodstock Country Club. She was a long time member of the Marquette Manor Board of Directors where she eventually became a resident.

Holidays were a favorite time of year for Jean during which she loved to bake, decorate, and celebrate with her friends and family. Her Christmas coffee cakes were prolific and legendary. She took great pride in being an involved grandmother in each of her grandchildren’s lives and activities.

Jean is survived by her children Michael (Betsy), Heather (Laura), John (Jeaneane); her 4 grandchildren, Jack, Olivia, Abby, and Johnny; and her 3 siblings Jack Heidt (Bonnie), Mary Clare Broadbent (George), and Steve Heidt (Nancy).


A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Peace Mausoleum Chapel. A public Memorial Mass will be announced and celebrated at St. Luke Catholic Church at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested in Jean’s name to Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Online condolences available at: www.leppertmortuary.com.

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