Jeanette was an artist who graduated from the Philadelphia College of Arts and Sciences. She saw the beauty in everything. This observant and detailed eye showed from her artwork to the things she would cook or make for family and friends. Jeanette was always doing something interesting and had a mind that was a creative engine: working at Takahashi in San Francisco and designing unique homegoods, designing greeting cards at Hallmark and American Greetings, owning a bird and plant store, baking one-of-a-kind cakes, overseeing her chocolate dipped fortune cookie company, catering events, designing intricate flooring at Tarkett or making eloquent flower arrangements.
Jeanette could touch anything and make it into something that was unique and to her amazing style. She had a strong work ethic and in her last days was still sewing. Jeanette asked to be buried in her overalls and her red shirt probably so she could get right to work when she got there!
Jeanette was a much-loved daughter, sister, aunt and great aunt. She told of her childhood and being the sibling assigned to wake up her older brother, Jerry, which she hated because of three flights of stairs. This was a daily task since Jerry was skilled at sleeping through his alarm clock. There were the fun times with WanYin as a kid taking the 54 trolley to Connie Mack Stadium to watch a Phillies double header while eating homemade chicken wings. Lots of stories of being around the family dinner table and seeing who got the salted fish first.
Jeanette was always there to help family celebrate with a cake creation, to hand press wedding invitations with a giant machine bigger than she was or to stay up all night making floral arrangements for a niece's wedding. Whatever the task, Jeanette was there to help and to make something stellar and unique. Why? Because she loved us. It was all made with great love and care. And perfection!
She was a steadfast friend with one friendship lasting more than 40 years. Jeanette wanted to express her thankfulness for her family, close friend Linda and her neighbor Jim, his wife, Sue, and their family and most especially to her sister, WanYin, who took care of her in her final days. Jeanette appreciated everyone's help and was just so humble and grateful for every kindness big or small.
Jeanette's care and concern extended to her pets and she was an incredible tropical bird mom. She had the most beautiful macaws, parrots and cockatoo who were spoiled with the freshest vegetables, fruit and pasta for 30 years. Jeanette spent her last weeks ensuring that her beloved and beautiful creatures were re-homed to people who would continue to love them.
Jeanette saw the beauty in everything and also in the simple things. She asked that people not be sad when she died because even in death she did not want to ever cause the tiniest amount of heartbreak. That is who Jeanette was. Thinking of us.
We will miss her.
Per her wishes, burial in Whitemarsh Memorial Park will be private.
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