Obituary for Jean Lehnerd (McConnell)
Jean Ann (nee McConnell) Lehnerd of Darlington, MD passed away surrounded by the love of her family on December 27, 2017 at the age of 87. She was the beloved wife of 64 years to Alvin P. Lehnerd.
Mrs. Lehnerd was born in Akron, Ohio to the late Walter D. and Fanny Rose (nee Howard) McConnell.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Alvin P. Lehnerd; her sister, Sue LaCourse of Kentucky; her children, David Lehnerd, Paul Lehnerd, Susan Lehnerd, and John Lehnerd all of the Darlington area and Kate Barton of Colorado; her grandchildren, Josh Mauldin, Phil Lehnerd, Ryan Etkins, Jay Etkins, and Emily Etkins. Mrs. Lehnerd is predeceased by her sister, Joyce Brubaker and her daughter, Rosemary Lehnerd.
Mrs. Lehnerd was a 1953 graduate of Ohio University with a degree in Elementary Education. Upon graduation Jean taught 2nd grade in Akron until her marriage to Al on June 20th and moved to Martinsburg, W.Va. She taught at an elementary school in Martinsburg until their first child came into their lives. She became a homemaker as the family grew. However, Jean was able to reach out into outside world volunteering in many areas. Jean was involved in PTA’s, cub scouts, volunteer at Harford Memorial Hospital in the gift shop and became president of the Hospital Auxiliary for many years, organized and directed the Bi-Centennial celebration at Darlington in 1976, got involved in house tours in the Darlington Area, got involved with Fish charities, took communion to shut ins of parishioners of St. Patrick Church, and became involved in Harford County Prison counseling for women. (She earned the nickname of Jail House Jean at this location.) In 1982 Al and Jean moved to the Chicago area and Jean got her certification as a legal aide and worked as a volunteer at Prairie State Legal Aid office to assist individuals needing legal guidance. When another career change took Al and Jean to Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jean continued her volunteer services at the Legal Aid Office of Grand Rapids.
In the 1960’s Jean started painting and became a quite talented artist over the years…. in varied mediums, such as oils, pastels, acrylics, and charcoals doing portraits and still life paintings. Jean never sold a painting but she did give many away to her friends that she did portraits for.
When Al retired from industry, he got involved teaching and consulting involving travel to many countries and Jean would often accompany him. Their travels took them to England, Scotland, Wales, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Singapore, Mexico, Hawaii, Canada, and Nova Scotia.
A viewing will be held on January 3, 2018 from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM at the Zellman Funeral Home, P.A., 123 South Washington Street, Havre de Grace, MD
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on January 4, 2018 at 9:30 AM at The Church of St. Patrick, 615 Congress Avenue, Havre de Grace, MD. Officiating will be Father Dale Picarella.
In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make a memorial contribution to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101-9950
Interment will be at a future date at the Deer Creek Harmony Church Cemetery in Darlington, MD.
Messages of condolences may be made to www.zellmanfuneralhome.com