Strong, Jeannette Wehr

Jeannette Wehr Strong, 99, of Farmington CT, died Thursday, July 9, 2020. Jeannette (Jeanne) was born April 3, 1921 in Dalton, PA to the late John A. and Georgiana Valentine Wehr, whose household already included older siblings Robert and Elizabeth. Jeanne and her family worked and played on a small farm in Dalton, surviving the depression by taking in boarders and selling farm produce. After graduating from Dalton High School in 1939, she attended Mansfield State Teachers College, where she obtained a degree in Home Economics Education in 1943. After college, she taught high school home economics for six years.
Summers and holidays in the late 1940’s found Jeanne travelling back to Dalton for visits. There she met the Strongs, who moved in next door. Her future mother-in-law liked to say that Jeanne’s expertise at berry picking convinced her that Jeanne would be a good match for her youngest son, Roger, who was away at school. Jeanne & Roger married on September 3, 1949 and remained so until his death in 2014.
Jeanne and Roger lived in Doylestown, PA for 40 years, where they raised two daughters, Rebecca and Martha. Jeanne was a woman of her time and homemaking was her vocation. She was also a very talented seamstress and enjoyed needlework of all forms, sharing this interest with her daughters. The Doylestown United Methodist Church benefited from her participation for 40 years. Jeanne’s friends and family knew her to helpful, caring and level headed – often providing a solid shoulder to lean on.
In 1993, Jeanne and Roger took the bold move of selling the family home and moving to Branson, MO, a retirement and music community in the Midwest. There they spent almost 10 years with new friends and activities. In 2003, they moved back east to Farmington, CT to be closer to their daughter, Martha.
Jeannette, the last family member in her generation, is survived by her daughter, Martha Strong of West Hartford, CT, daughter Rebecca Allen with husband Calvin of Winchester, VA, grandson Matthew Allen with wife Kaija and daughter Leila of Jersey City, NJ and grandson Drew Allen with wife Jennifer and daughter Harper of Winchester, VA.
The family will hold a private ceremony at a later date followed by interment in Fairlawn Cemetery in Dalton, PA.

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One Response to 'Strong, Jeannette Wehr'

  1. Noreen Washburn says:

    As a former Executive Director of The Gables, I had the pleasure of knowing Jeanette for several years. She was an amazing lady who had the ability to-go-with the-flow and the willingness to accept change.
    I imagine her practicality and fine sense of humor enhanced her aging process to 99! The fact that she still drove her motorized cart is extremely impressive. The community and I, though retired from the Gables, will feel her absence. Jeanette was remarkable.

    Noreen Washburn

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