2017-04-23 / Obituaries


JEANNE L. RATHFON, of Chesaning, 87, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017. Jeanne was born on June 9, 1929 to Howard E. and Betsey P. (Laurie) Riggs in Ann Arbor. She graduated from Ypsilanti High School and earned her associate’s degree from Normal College. Jeanne married Sidney O. Rathfon on October 21, 1948. During her life, Jeanne worked as a secretary for Flushing Public Schools and the City of Flint. She was a talented artist, and she enjoyed bowling and golf. She was a member of the Chesaning Lioness Club, and she volunteered as a Cub Scout Master and Girl Scout Leader. She was also featured in the Book of Who’s Who for her art.

Jeanne is survived by her children, Betsy (John) Gould, George (Dawn) Rathfon, and Mary (Ron) Long; her daughter-in-law, Betty Rathfon; her eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Patricia (John) West. She was predeceased by her husband, Sidney; her son, Paul Rathfon; and her parents.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Nelson-House Funeral Homes Martin Chapel. Burial follow at Wildwood Cemetery with a dinner at the Chesaning Lions Club afterwards. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Chesaning Lion’s Club. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.nelson-house.com.

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