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Jean A. Wentworth

Jean A. Wentworth, age 84 of Lansing, passed away at home on Tuesday February 18, 2020. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Richard; her children Robert (Kate), Karen Stearns (Stephan), and Daniel (Patricia); her grandchildren Lee, Sara (Bradly), Lucas (Kailin), and Jacob; and her brothers William Breyer (Alba), Stephen Breyer, her twin sister Joan Fisher (Robert), and sisters Kay Hardy, and Sally Trice.

Jean grew up in Southampton, MA, and earned her Bachelor’s degree at UMass Amherst.

Jean, a longtime member of the First Congregational Church in Ithaca, was very active in the Prayer and Caring Ministries, seeing everyone she met as a child of God and finding something special in everyone.

She found great joy as an active member in the PEO Sisterhood (Chapter BJ). She served on the Lansing PTA, as a director at the Bib and Tucker Used Clothing store, and volunteered at numerous other civic and charitable groups. She enjoyed painting and other creative endeavors. She was a longtime member of the Ithaca Garden Club and loved to garden and arrange flowers, often contributing her arrangements to her church, weddings, and to others whom she felt neededextra care. She worked for years as an herbalist at Baker’s Acres.

Jean’s life ambition was to make the world a better place, and as a loving and caring person she touched many lives.

A memorial service to celebrate Jean’s life will be announced later this spring.

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what a legacy of people and memories. rest in peace, dear Jean.

Shana Deane Feb 24 2020 12:00 AM

Jean was a good at listening, good at conversation and especially good at herding our family up for gatherings!
I miss her. I always wished for her and Rich to live next door, like the Taylors!
Before the leaves can mount again.......
They must be pierced by flowers and put
Beneath the feet of dancing flowers.
However it is in some other world
I know that this is the way in ours. R Frost

Mary Feb 23 2020 12:00 AM

Mrs. Wentworth was a very special person to me. I will always remember her welcoming spirit and unending kindness. Her home felt like my extended home as we lived across the street and spent endless hours playing at her house. I always loved that she let us kids do pretty much whatever we wanted and she was always supportive of whatever we were doing. I loved walking through her garden and eating raspberries right off the vine and eating fresh green beans that had just been picked. I was so glad to get the chance to see her this past Christmas Eve and I will always remember and cherish our final conversation. She will be missed. She will always be with us! I am forever grateful for her influence on my childhood years especially. Condolences and greatest sympathy to the whole family. Much love,

Debbie (Taylor) Collins Feb 22 2020 12:00 AM

We were so saddened to hear of Jeans passing. We lived across the street from the Wentworths during those years when we were all busy raising our young children. Jean was a wonderful mother, neighbor, and friend. I remember fondly the many afternoons when she would take a break from her gardening and come down to our family room to sit and chat a while. We will cherish those memories. God Bless You, Jean!
With Love, Alan & Jo Taylor

Alan & Josephine Taylor Feb 21 2020 12:00 AM