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Jean Gardella Shea

June 24, 1927May 14, 2020

Jean G. Shea, 92, died surrounded by family in Jacksonville, FL, on May 14, 2020. Born in Stamford, Conn., she attended local schools and graduated from New Haven State Teachers College (now Southern Connecticut State University). Jean retired from the Norwalk (CT) Public Schools after her rewarding career teaching kindergarten, first grade and Title 1 reading and math for 32 years.

Jean married her high school sweetheart, Bill, in 1950 and together they raised four daughters of whom they were very proud. She and Bill were longtime members of Shore and Country Club where they enjoyed boating, tennis, many social activities and watching their daughters on the swim team. They were also active in their paddleball and gourmet cooking groups.

After retirement, Jean and Bill moved to Jacksonville, FL to be closer to family. At Hidden Hills Country Club, they played golf, bridge, tennis and socialized with their dear friends. Other times they could be found cruising the world. Jean loved her volunteer work spent in the Transportation Departments of St. Luke’s Hospital and the Mayo Clinic for 24 years where she enjoyed “pushing people around.” After moving with Bill to Cypress Village Senior Living, Jean continued to play bridge and make new friends.

Jean was predeceased by her beloved husband of 64 years, Bill.

She is survived by her four daughters, Bonnie (John) Josey, Laura (John) Christman, Kathie (Jim) O’Neil and Cindie (Don) Kaiser. Jean was an extremely proud grandmother to her nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made in Jean’s name to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (www.macular.org) or to the Talking Books Library, 303 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202.

The family wishes to thank the dedicated health professionals at Mayo Clinic, Community Hospice and her many friends who offered love and support.


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Mary Miller-Mazza

May 18, 2020

On behalf of my mother, Shirley Miller, condolences are extended to all Jean's family. She was an important part of my mother's life, sharing many good times, laughs, dinners, and general support as they aged together as friends over the past 9 years. Gratitude and love for the many memories.

Betty Snyder

May 17, 2020

Jean was beloved at Cypress Village for her many
joyful pranks and conversations. We have lost a
dear, dear friend and she will be terribly missed.
She was always late for any meetings or dinner and
came rushing in with some crazy excuse each time.


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