Marilyn “Jean” Hauser of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania passed away on March 2, 2021. She was 80 years old.
Born in Duluth, Minnesota, Jean was the daughter of Walter G. Plys and Mary Kapla Plys.
Jean was a wife, a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, nurse, doctor, and friend. She was all that, and so much more. A consummate caregiver, Jean spent her life in service to others. Upon graduation from Saint Scholastica, she worked as an ICU nurse in Chicago and as a visiting nurse caring for the city's most disadvantaged. In New Jersey she found her calling and cared for people’s mental health first as a psychiatric nurse and then as a clinical psychologist. She held a practice in Southeastern Pennsylvania for 27 years where she worked tirelessly with patients as they learned to cope with trauma, anxiety and depression. She never let a request for help go unanswered. Jean was there for people even after she retired, she continued to help people in need volunteering in many places including the hospice care facility at the Crosslands community. The lives she touched will never be fully counted.
Jean also had a life-long commitment to education as a way to improve herself and others. She was the first member of her family to receive a college degree and would go on to obtain a doctorate in clinical psychology. She held teaching positions in Psychological nursing at Rutgers University and the University of Delaware. In the past two decades she enjoyed teaching meditation at OSHER, the University of Delaware’s school for continuing education. This commitment to education extended to informal settings. She led meditation sessions with her friends and neighbors at the Kendall-Crosslands community.
Above all, she was devoted to her husband, family and friends by whom she will be sorely missed. She was the beloved wife of William Paul Hauser for 54 years; mother of Paul Edward Hauser, Mark William Hauser and Steven Louis Hauser; grandmother of Daniel, Phoebe, Robert and Evelyn; sister of Carol Ann Plys Krause and Richard Plys. In addition to her parents, Jean was predeceased by her sister, Kay Plys Santora.
Due to the current restrictions her Funeral Mass will be private. The Mass will be livestreamed at 12:00PM on Saturday, March 20, 2021 from St. Patrick Catholic Church:
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jean's memory may be made to: Kennett Food Cupboard, https://www.kacsonline.net/food-cupboard.html or ChesterCounty Hospital Foundation, https://www.chestercountyhospital.org/giving or Catholic Medical Mission Board, https://cmmb.org/medical-donations/ or College of St. Scholastica School of Nursing (for those in Duluth, MN) http://www.css.edu/college-advancement/giving.html
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