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M. Jean Breneisen dies at 90

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M. Jean Breneisen, 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 4, 2009 at Hospice of Lancaster Essa Flory Center.

She was born September 17, 1918 in Port Royal, Juniata County, Pa. the daughter of the late Grover E. Sr. and Mary E. (Walters) Wolfgang.

She was the wife for 63 years of the late H. Joseph Breneisen who passed away in 2002.

She is survived by her daughter Linnea J. (wife of Dr. John Forchetti, Chesterton) and sons Jere J. (husband of Isa, Pequea) and Timothy J. (husband of Cher, Lancaster). She is also survived by eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Her siblings Elizabeth (Wolfgang) Purnell and Grover E. Wolfgang, Jr. preceded her in death.

Jean resided the past six years at Westvue at Homestead Village and formerly lived at the Glen at Willow Valley and in Conestoga. She was a member of the Conestoga United Methodist Church and sang in the choir.

She graduated from Port Royal High School in 1936 and attended Berte Fashion Design and Illustration School in Philadelphia. Jean was a homemaker who also worked at RCA, the postal service, and at Millersville University as an Assistant Housekeeping Supervisor. She traveled extensively with the Friendship Force, Sevas and family to nine foreign countries and hosted guests from 10 countries. Jean and Joe enjoyed traveling to all 50 states.

Jean enjoyed music, oil painting, sewing, crafting and making miniature doll houses. She also enjoyed playing cards, camping and gardening. Jean served as 4-H leader for 20 years, served on the County Extension Board and was a founding member of Farm Women Society #25.

Friends will be received by the family at 10 a.m.. Saturday, March 14, at the Conestoga United Methodist Church, 71 Sand Hill Road, Conestoga. A Memorial Service, officiated by Pastor Richard Wilcock, will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are entrusted to Richard Sheetz Funeral Home, 2024 Marietta Avenue, Lancaster.

Per Jeanís wishes, make contributions to: Conestoga UM Church Building Fund, 71 Sand Hill Road, Conestoga, PA 17516 or the Hospice of Lancaster County, P. O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.


Posted 3/6/2009