Chiang, Jeanne Demko

Jeanne Demko Chiang, 61, of Avon, beloved wife and mother, died in Hartford on October 7, 2014. Born July 31, 1953 in Manchester, Connecticut, Jeanne received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Wesleyan University, where she met her husband, Jaf. Jeanne spent her entire career at Travelers Insurance in Hartford as an actuary. She loved music and has been a season ticket holder to the Hartford Symphony and Broadway Series for many years. She was also passionate about traveling and has recently visited China, Hawaii, Galapagos Islands and Africa. A completely selfless person, she dedicated her life to her husband, her two children, of whom she is unabashedly proud, and to her extended family. She will be sorely missed by all. Survivors include her husband Jaf Chiang, daughter Jasmine Chiang, a physician, and her fiancé Ryen Schimerman of Portland, Maine, son Colby Chiang, a MD-PhD candidate at the University of Virginia, and brother Thomas Demko of Cromwell. Friends and relatives are welcome to services at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Avenue in Hartford on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. A calling hour will begin at 9AM with a Memorial Service at 10AM, followed by burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Memorial contributions are welcome at Doctors Without Borders at, Jeanne

Calling Hours

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 9:00-10:00am

Funeral Service

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 10:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home


Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford

Memorial Contribution

Doctors Without Borders at

14 Responses to 'Chiang, Jeanne Demko'

  1. Rob Willsey says:

    Jaf, Colby and Jasmine:

    It has been a few weeks seen Jeanne passed away. I wanted to let you all know how sorry I am for your loss. I had the fortune to get to know Jeanne early on in my career and we spent many, many hours in those days in study groups together preparing for the actuarial exams. She was very bright, worked very hard and was a great study partner.

    Jeanne truly was a wonderful person. I always knew that in the many years I knew her, but hearing all the tributes people had to say at the memorial service was really special. She loved everyone, did so much for everyone and was loved by so many.

    Again, I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find some comfort in your memories of Jeanne during this difficult time.

    Very truly,
    Rob Willsey

  2. Barbara Madara says:

    Dear Jaf, Jasmine, and Colby,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, Jasmine and Colby. I know she has so much to be proud of in both of you. You were both accomplishing so much even back in your SWEPT days. Remember those days?

    Jaf, I am sorry for the loss of your loving partner. Together you have raised wonderful children! I hope your memories help you through this difficult time.

    My prayers are with you.
    Barbara Madara

  3. Fredrickson Family says:

    Jaf, Jasmine & Colby,

    Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Jeanne. We know she cherished her family and loved you all very much. May God’s healing touch be upon you as you grieve through this difficult time.

    With love,
    Fr. Robert, Julie, Amy & Stacey

  4. Austin Law says:


    Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved wife Jeanne. It is such a shock for me. I still had the fond memories when your family came to visit in Toronto. It was an honour to get to know your wife. She was such a kind and gentle person. I pray that God will help to carry you and your family through such difficult time.

  5. Donna Brasley says:

    I worked for Jeanne when I was fresh out of college, many years ago. She was a wonderful person who took the time to teach and inspire me. She always had a smile and a confident, yet humble, attitude. I am very sad to hear of her passing. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  6. James Biffer says:


    Please accept my deepest sympathies and heartfelt wishes for you and your children. Just from my following your exploits on Facebook, I know you did everything together, and shared a love for simple as well as exotic adventures, each other, and your accomplished children. I can’t imagine what you are going through, and hope you find some comfort in the love of family and friends.


    Jim Biffer

  7. Carol Litke Paonessa says:

    Dear Jaf, Jasmine, Thomas and Ryen

    This is such a shock and so very sad. Please accept our deepest sympathies and know that we will keep you all in our prayers.

    Even though, I have not seen Jeanne in many years, we were able to keep in touch via Christmas cards. I will truly miss her letters and hearing of her latest adventures.

    Love –

    Tom and Carol (Litke) Paonessa
    Nick and Jes Paonessa

  8. Ellen Griffing says:

    Dear Jaf,
    I am so sorry for your loss of Jeanne. You may not remember me from the CVA brunch group, but I’ve not forgotten you and Jeanne, you are two of the nicest people I’ve ever met.
    My thoughts are with you and your family.
    Ellen G

  9. Shyling Lee says:

    She impressed me as a graceful and generous person. I had the fortune to have her and Jaf visit at my house in August. It is hard for me and my husband to accept the fact that she was gone. My deepest sympathy to Jaf and her family. Jeanne, please rest in peace. Many of us will miss you.

  10. Lori Goldsmith says:

    Jaf, Jasmine, and Colby,

    Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear of Jeanne’s passing. You may not remember me, but I worked with Jeanne years ago and even babysat for Jasmine and Colby a few times. I know Jeanne was always so proud of you! My sense was that she truly had her priorities on her family. I also worked for Jeanne briefly and can honestly say, she was a kind, straight-forward, and wise leader. My prayers will be with you in the coming days and weeks. I am so sorry for your loss!


    Lori (DePasquale) Goldsmith

  11. George Chung says:

    I met Jeanne through her husband Jaf. Jaf and I were high school classmates. It is absolutely true that Jeanne was a selfless person. Of the many times we had met in Toronto, Jeanne had always been kind and considerate of all others first. She was gracious and gentle. Jaf was very lucky to have Jeanne as a soul mate. Jeanne had often expressed her love and admiration for Jaf as well.
    So, Jeanne, go in peace, knowing so many people truly love you.

  12. Jill Petker says:

    I met Jeanne through an actuarial committee. I was so sad and shocked to hear of her passing. I always enjoyed talking with her before or after our meetings. Jeanne was such a nice person and will be missed. My thoughts are with her family.

  13. Joanne Brown says:


    Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mom. She must have been a very special lady because you are a very special person. Please extend my sympathy to you family as well.

    Take care.

  14. Beth Cone D'Aoust says:

    Where has the time gone? I will mourn both Jeannie and the time that has gone by since I last saw her. What a missed opportunity on my part. My deepest sympathy to her husband and children.

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