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Obituary for Jean Kennedy

January 22, 1927 - March 9, 2020
Lebanon, Ohio | Age 93

Beloved Wife, Mother, and Grandmother


Jean E. Kennedy (nee Brightbill), 93, of Lebanon, Ohio and formerly of Elyria, passed away Monday, March 9, 2020. She was born January 22, 1927 in Elyria. Jean was a graduate of Elyria High School, class of 1945. She was a cheerleader and played basketball. After high school, she was a secretary for the U.S. Navy Department at the end of World War II and a secretary for eight years for the Elyria Board of Education. She was a member of the Washington Avenue Christian Church and the Elyria Senior Women Fellowship. She enjoyed flower gardening, baking, sewing, crafting and embroidery.

Mrs. Kennedy is survived by her husband of 73 years, Richard C. Kennedy; daughters, Dawn Brandenburg (Chris) of West Chester, Ohio, Peggy Schmitz (Fred) of Centerville, Ohio and Marion Durisek (John) of Shelby Township, Michigan; grandchildren, Erica Kennedy of Gahanna, Angie Smith (Shane) of Cincinnati, Julie Jaap (Tim) of Cincinnati, Matthew Brandenburg (Leah) of Liberty Township, Brian Schmitz (Lulu) of Dayton and Amanda Durisek of Shelby Township, Michigan; great-grandchildren, Nathan Kennedy, Jack Kennedy, Evie Smith, Cohen Brandenburg, Gavin Smith, Macie Smith, Reid Brandenburg, Zoe Jaap, Lane Brandenburg and Miles Jaap.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Alta Brightbill; sisters, Lucille Stegman of Austin, Texas and Louise Clapp of Columbus. Service time and date are pending. Memorial contributions can be forwarded to Lorain County Metro Parks, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, OH 44050.


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