PLATTSBURGH — Jean Lovell Marleau, 91, of the Pine Harbour Assisted Living Facility, died on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at the CVPH Medical Center with her family and friends at her side.
Jean was born in New York City on Oct. 29, 1921, the daughter of the late Elsie (Merz) and Frederick K. Lovell. Her parents moved to Rouses Point in 1923, where her father became a Customs Broker, and soon owned his own Brokerage.
Jean grew up on the lake and was always active in sports. She loved swimming, boating, tennis, and skiing. She became a charter member of the North Country Golf Club when it opened in 1936 and was the first winner of the President's Plate. Golf was her passion.
In 1938, she graduated from Southern Seminary and Junior College. Then after graduating from The New York Institute of Dietetics, she entered Lenox Hill Hospital School of Nursing. After graduation, she was employed one year on the teaching staff. She enlisted in the Army Nurse Corp on May 31, 1944, and served 22 months in England, France and Germany. She was discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in March of 1946. After one year as a Industrial Nurse at Carrier Corporation, she returned to Rouses Point, where she met and married Raymond E. Marleau, the Industrial Arts teacher at Rouses Point High School. They had two children, Barbara Jean and John Lovell, both of whom predeceased her. Her husband died in 1966. Following his death, she was employed as Charge Nurse at Cedar Hedge Nursing Home until retirement in 1988.
Always active in her community, she was a member of the P.T.A., a Leader, Leader Trainer and member of the Board of Directors of the North Country Girl Scouts, a member of The Adirondack Volksmarch, and the Friends of the Chazy Public Library. In the last four years, Jean participated in the New York Empire State Senior Games, held in Courtland, N.Y. She won gold medals in both golf and shuffleboard, every year.
Jean was a former communicant of Christ and St. John's Episcopal Church in Champlain and was currently a communicant of Trinity Episcopal Church in Plattsburgh. She was a former member of the Episcopal Churchwomen, the Altar Guild and the Vestry.
Calling hours will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Plattsburgh. A funeral service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. Burial will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery with her husband Raymond, her parents, Elsie and Frederick, and her grandparents, Major Harry Merz (DSC) and Elizabeth (Bernhardt) Merz.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to The Friends of the Chazy Public Library or to Hospice of the North Country. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.rwwalkerfh.com. Arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court St., Plattsburgh.