Jean Croker Petke



It is with much sadness that we post this.  Jean unexpectedly passed away on Sunday, December 1.

She spent a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with both of her kids, their spouses and her grandson.  As is customary for our family, there was an abundance of good food and lots of conversation and laughter.

Over the course of the weekend, we all got to spend some quality time with Jean, and for that we are grateful. Our last conversations with her were good — sometimes deep, sometimes not, but full of love and joy.

Jean’s physical recovery would have been very long, but her wit, memories and personality were still very much present with her until the end. Though her physical strength failed her, her positive outlook remained steadfast throughout.

Jean is an example of a life well-lived. She gave her all to her many endeavors, many of which you, her readers, have read about. She wrote a memoir, gave piano recitals in her home, hosted tea parties for the children and grandchildren of long-time family friends, and traveled far and wide with friends.

Jean was a fabulous cook, a fierce Scrabble player, an accomplished pianist, a dedicated writer, a gifted conversationalist and a habitual ponderer. She was a devoted mom, grandmother, sister and friend to many.

While we grieve Jean’s passing, we also know that she has changed many of us for the better, and her memories live on through us. We know she is in a better place, and we are heartened that she is now at peace.

Thank you for being Mom’s loyal readers over the past years. Mom was still thinking about new blog posts for the future this weekend, and we wish we could have had the opportunity to read them. But we remain grateful for the things Jean shared with us, and for inviting us into her thoughts.

Blessings to all of you.

No. 1 Daughter (Sarah) and No. 1 Son (Fred)