Jeannette Marie Sonia McDunn, 92, of Warren, PA., passed away on Friday, November 16. 2018, at Kinzua Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Warren, PA., after a brief illness. She was born on January 10, 1926, in Lancaster, MA, daughter of the late Chief of Police Peter and Ruby Brennan Sonia. After graduating from high school in 1943, Jeannette worked as a nurse’s aide for most of her life with positions at Fort Devens, MA., Lancaster MA Nursing Home, and Warren General Hospital, from which she later retired.
While working at Fort Devens, she met and married her husband, Michael P. McDunn in 1952. Jeannette was a devout Catholic, serving as a catechist and organist at the Immaculate Conception Church in Lancaster, MA., then in Nellingen, Germany, where her husband was stationed with the US Army, and later at Holy Redeemer Church in Warren, PA. She was involved in the Boy Scouts of America, serving as a Den Mother for six years and assisting with Brownie and Girl Scout Troops when her children were young. A music lover, Jeannette played the piano, banjo, and several string instruments. She enjoyed local music groups and sang with Pete Pepke’s band on occasion for many years. Jeannette loved to travel, visiting 22 of the 50 U.S. States plus Germany and France. She had many other interests including sewing, reading, gardening, birdwatching, letter writing, card playing, and crossword puzzles. Jeannette enjoyed spending time with her family, specifically Sunday dinners with her children and grandchildren and family reunions. In 1988, she started the annual Lancaster MA High School reunions. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in both Warren and Lancaster, MA., as well as a former president of the Holy Redeemer Altar Rosary Society.
Jeannette is survived by her six children, Michael P. McDunn, Jr. (Alice) of Greenville, S.C., Marie T. Nosek (Daniel) of Glenville, N.Y., James P. McDunn, Patrick K. McDunn (Laura), Colleen P. McDunn, and Kathleen A. McDunn all of Warren, PA. The family would like to extend additional recognition to Kathleen and her daughter, Kayla Swab, as loving caregivers to Jeannette during the last several years. Also surviving are grandchildren, Kelly Snell, Kevin, Anna, Benjamin, Molly, Rachel, Michael and Matthew McDunn, David and Theresa Nosek, Mariah Rose, and Jacob Redick plus 8 great grandchildren, sister and best friend, Helene P. Caruso of Fort Lauderdale, FL., brother-in-laws, James B. McDunn of Warren, PA., Thomas M. McDunn of Frewsburg, N.Y., sister-in-law, Claudia McDunn of Sun City West, AZ., and her feline companion, Simba. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by infant stillborn twin brothers, her husband, Michael, who died December 5, 1976.
Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, from 6 to 8 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, 11 Russell St., Warren, PA. with Fr. James Gutting, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery, Warren, PA. Those wishing to place email condolences may do so by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com.