D. Jeanne's Story

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D. Jeanne Aydelotte, nee Bengel, passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona. She died peacefully in her sleep two days after her 93rd birthday in the company of family. Jeanne was born on December 22, 1923 in Erie, Pennsylvania. She married Frederick Hugh Aydelotte in 1945, and the two remained happily married for 42 years and enjoyed a deep and admirable friendship since first meeting at age 13.
Jeanne was an active member of the Niagara Falls Unitarian Universalist church and was deeply committed to community service activities, volunteering with a variety of organizations supporting vulnerable community members. She served at Maranatha House providing meals and support to those in need. Jeanne's unique flavor of open-minded spirituality was an inspiration to successive generations.
In 1944 Jeanne joined the military, serving in WAVES, the women's section of the US Naval Reserves, in Washington, DC for two years in an administrative capacity. She was a troop leader for the Girl Scouts of America in 1948, participated in census collecting in 1960, and made a significant impact at Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Elementary School where she taught seventh grade for ten years. In her last years of employment she was the office manager at Sureway Trading Co, a mail order silk company, from where she retired at age 80.
Jeanne's family, friends and colleagues will remember her for the kindness she embodied, her loving, caring nature, and the acceptance and inclusiveness she offered to all she encountered. Jeanne was a curious person who enjoyed travels throughout Europe, Israel, Egypt and Mexico. An avid outdoorswoman, Jeanne reveled in her visits to various US National Parks, where she delighted in the great outdoors. A lover of nature, Jeanne enjoyed hiking, camping many a summer with her children on the shores of Lake Erie, birding, walking, and she even skydived at the sprightly age of 80 years.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Aydelotte (1998); and her son, Fred Aydelotte Jr. (2014). She is survived by her children, Lynn Leonard, Anne Aydelotte, Madelyn (Ron) Neprily; and daughter-in-law, Christine Aydelotte; her grandchildren, Sarah (John) Dight, Rachel (Bradford) Walsh, Chase (Erica) Allstadt, and Austin Allstadt; and her great-grandchildren, Benjamin Dight, Leah Dight, Charles Dight, Oscar Walsh, Martin Walsh, and Fletcher Allstadt.
Jeanne leaves behind a legacy of compassion, respect and integrity and we are grateful for her.
Published on March 13, 2017
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