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Sunset Northwest Funeral Home

6321 Bandera Road, San Antonio, TX

OBITUARY

Jeannine Kelley

March 6, 1945September 8, 2020
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Jeannine Faye Fallbeck Kelley was born in Watertown, South Dakota on March 6, 1945. At the age of 7, Jeannine contracted polio and had to leave her family to seek treatment for it alone. This experience changed the course of her life. At an incredibly young age, she learned to pull from an inner well of strength and independence as she learned to walk again and recover from polio. Jeannine would use these newly found traits for the rest of her life. She needed them as a teenager when she moved from the farms she lived on and left the friends she grew up with to move near the town of Hooper, Nebraska after her father was diagnosed with cancer. Jeannine used them again when her father died while she was in high school. Jeannine overcame these difficult early life events and persevered.

She graduated from Hooper High School in May of 1963 and then attended Wayne State College where she received her teaching degree. Shortly after college graduation, she married Tom Kelley on May 28, 1966 and started her life as an Air Force wife. This life would take her across the United States and abroad to Italy and England.

Jeannine taught elementary school until the birth of her first child then dedicated herself to raising her family. Throughout her life, she was “Mom” to her daughters, “Mudder” to her granddaughters and “Moe” to her great granddaughter. Jeannine had two callings in life: first as mother and grandmother and second as an activities director at a nursing home. Jeannine’s passion and love for serving the elderly was unparalleled. She did everything she could to love and engage the residents she served. Each time she lost one, it took a piece of her heart, but she continued to serve them until retirement.

Love and support of her family is one of Jeannine’s legacies. Jeannine loved her family with all her heart. This included lifelong friends that she adopted into her family over the years. Jeannine had a huge heart and an incredible capacity to love others. She was a kind, gentle and generous soul. Jeannine will be greatly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas E. Kelley, Jr., parents, Milford Fallbeck and Vivian Fallbeck Petersen, her sister, Judy Nelson and stepfather, John Petersen. She is survived by her daughters, Katherine Kelley Noakes, Christine Kelley and Melissa Kelley; her granddaughters Lauren De La Rosa and Mackenzie Noakes; great granddaughter Serenity Fuentes; her brother Roy Fallbeck and her sister, Connie Souza.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family who would like to distribute them to local nursing homes and charitable causes that support Jeannine’s passion for the elderly.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 13, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, September 13, 2020

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  • Reception

    Sunday, September 13, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Monday, September 14, 2020

Memories

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Mark Powers

September 12, 2020

I met Tom and Jeannine back in the early 80's while stationed in San Antonio. I will never forget the BBQ's, Birthdays, and all the time I spent in their home. The friendship, love, and caring Jeannine put in looked so easy. She was my other 'mom' in those days. The world will be a little sadder now. To the girls, Gretchen and I love you all, and our prayers are forever with you. Years ago I introduced you all to my brothers and sisters. They too pass along great memories of meeting your parents and you. God Bless.

Jeannine Moeller

September 11, 2020

Jeannine was a very dear high school friend, my college roommate, and close friend all these years. We spent a lot of time together when our husbands were deployed in the military, as we were both "alone" that year.
She faced a lot of trials in her life, but met them head on, and never complained. So many memories of times we shared together. I will really miss her, but take comfort knowing she is at peace. Our deepest sympathy to her family. Cherish all those precious memories and she will live in your hearts forever. May God grant you peace at this difficult time.

Will Sudds

September 11, 2020

While we have not seen Jeannine in quite some time, we will never forget her open, giving nature. She was always there to lend a hand, or ear, as the situation dictated. We have always been proud that she agreed to be God-Mother to our youngest son and will never forget how seriously she accepted that responsibility. Our hearts go out to Kathy, Christine and Melissa and the rest of the family as they go through this difficult time. The world has lost another bright light that will be difficult to replace.
Cindi, Will, Ben and Jacob

Lucas Souza

September 11, 2020

I will always remember the times my mom, grandma, Jeannine and myself would be playing rummy at the kitchen table at grandmas house. We would have endless fun playing cards together and chatting. Her wonderful laugh and sense of humor will be sorely missed.

Nathaniel Souza

September 11, 2020

I’ll always remember my Aunts laugh. It was so very infectious and honest, as was her smile. She wasn’t stingy with it either, she always had a smile or hug ready, and was great at knowing when someone needed one. I saw this many times throughout my life, over hundreds (or thousands) of games of rummy played during one of her frequent visits to Nebraska to see her Mom. She did a great job instilling her wonderful sense of caring and kindness in her 3 girls. The world is a little darker for having lost her, but I know she would want everyone to focus on the good times and laughter we all shared. She’ll never be gone because she’s in our hearts. I love you and I’ll miss you Aunt J.

Marilyn (Sears) Mannschreck

September 10, 2020

I remember the family gathering at Grandpa & Grandma Sears’s home in Cook, Thanksgivings at Aunt Helen’s, and family reunions at Cook and at Steinhart Park in Nebraska City. The ties that bind...Wish we could have seen Jeannine in later years. She obviously had family & friends who loved her dearly. Our sympathies to Connie and to all of Jeannine’s family.
Marilyn & Eldon (Red) Mannschreck

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