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Jean Chiantelli

Died: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018

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Jean Chiantelli

October 3, 1928 – January 23, 2018


Jean was born in New Plymouth, Idaho to Guy and Ruby Peterson.  She attended school there.  As a teen she contracted a rare stomach ailment which required more than six major operations.  Her inner strength and determination overcame the illness that doctors thought would kill her.  That experience taught her to never complain and to hold family and people close.  She was a kind, caring and loving person.

In her junior year of high school the family moved to San Jose, California where she graduated from San Jose High School.  A love of numbers and bookkeeping enabled her to have a number of fine work experiences.

In 1953 she was working as a bookkeeper at Long Advertising Agency in San Jose when she met Lou Chiantelli who was serving an internship prior to his graduation from San Jose State University.  It was near instant love at first sight.  Within six weeks they were engaged and shortly after graduation they were married.  They moved to Eureka, California where Jean worked as a bookkeeper at Bayside business and Lou went to work at the local newspaper.

Knowing before they were married that Jean would not be able to have children they planned to adopt and their opportunity came in August of 1959.  They adopted three day old Sheri and she has been the light of their lives.

In 1964, Leo made a major career change and began teaching at Shasta College.  Jean was the Attendance Officer at Enterprise High School.  Staff and students loved her no nonsense accountability.

The next 30 years saw many changes.  Jean worked in several firms in Redding and at the California Division of Forestry where Lou would joke she was a “Smokejumper”.

Their daughter Sheri was soon married to Scott DeHart and they added two grandchildren to the family, Anyessa and Brenden.  Jean was happy, content and enjoyed being a grandmother immensely.

In 1994 Leo and Jean retired and moved to Bandon.  Shortly after , Sheri and her family moved from Lincoln City to Bandon and the family was together again.

Jean was an avid golfer and played nearly every day into her late seventies.

She enjoyed family, reading, playing cards, golf, friends and life in general.  Although she was in poor health much of her life she never complained and was always positive.  She was a fighter.  Her generous, loving heart finally failed on January 23.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Marlene Devitto.

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Molly J Coonse, Secretary of the Coquille Valley Ladies Golf Association
   Posted Fri February 02, 2018
Please accept our most sincere condolences for the loss of one our great golfing buddies. We always enjoyed seeing Jean at Bandon's Face Rock and at tournaments and visitations at all the coastal courses.

The officers and members of the Coquille Valley Ladies Golf Association.

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