Jean R. Havill

January 20, 1925November 14, 2021

Jean Rodgers Havill, of Rochester, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at the age of 96.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Bill. She is survived by her children, Debbie (Rick) Giesselman, Cathy (Gordy) King, and David Havill; grandchildren, Ben (Leah Oltean) Giesselman, Nate (Janel) Giesselman, Christopher (Lindsay) Gange, Gina (Ben Perry) Gange; great grandchildren, Lauren and Nathan Giesselman, Derek Gange, and Noah Giesselman.

Jean was born January 20, 1925 in Rochester, NY and graduated from the University of Rochester. She taught Earth Science in the RCSD for many years. Upon retirement, she and Bill spent their winters in Port Charlotte, FL and their summers at their cottage on Mt. Lake in Ontario, CA. She returned to Rochester in 2011.

Her family wishes to thank the staff at Wegmans Cottages, Cottage 200, for the companionship and care they gave Jean for the last seven years.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at the Alvah Halloran & Son Funeral Home, 2125 Chili Avenue, Rochester, NY 14624. All in attendance must be fully vaccinated and masks are required.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean’s memory to The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203; or the University of Rochester, Office of Gifts & Donor Records, 300 East River Rd., P.O. Box 270032, Rochester, NY 14627.


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David Minchella

November 27, 2021

I was an Earth Science student of Mrs. Havill at John Marshall High School. She was a great person & teacher and will be missed.

Tom Evans

November 25, 2021

Mrs. Havill
Just a few thoughts on growing up across the bay on Mountain Lake from Mrs. Havill and the rest of the team.
Mrs. Havill was probably the coolest and the smartest Mom I’ve ever known. For a couple months every summer (and a couple times in the dead cold of the Canadian winter) she was definitely a Mountain Lake mom. The Havills were the first Americans I had ever met. And from the very beginning, Mrs. Havill always made me feel welcome to her place.
Just one example of how smart she was. I was sitting on their cottage deck having a Labatts with Bill. Mrs Havill had this weird looking camera. She took a picture of us then went back inside the cottage and about 2 minutes later came out with a printed picture. I had no idea what kind of black magic sorcery she used but it turned out to be my first exposure to something called a digital camera and printer. Something I had never seen before. She continued to amaze me how smart she was.
In 1970 I got the chance to go to Sweet Birch Lane in Rochester for a week with the Havills. It was my first time ever crossing the US/Canada border. We travelled everywhere in a very uncool white van. But when we got to Rochester we got to ride in Mrs Havill’s very cool baby blue Mustang convertible.
She wasn’t just the coolest & smartest mom I’ve ever known. She was also someone who I have always considered to be a friend. She will always be in my thoughts.
R/ Tom Evans