Jean P. Reynolds, age 87, of Orange, entered into eternal rest on Friday, October 23, 2020 at her residence. Jean’s family and loved ones take great comfort in knowing her final wish and prayer was answered- that she may fall asleep in her own bed and comforted by her loving cat, Mickey, as well as her rosary beads.
Born in Littleton, New Hampshire to the late Albert & Eliza Daigle on August 6, 1933, her father was killed in a work-related accident in 1951. Jean moved to Connecticut as a young child and was raised in West Haven where she met her husband Robert “Bob” F. Reynolds, Sr. Jean and Bob moved to Morris Cove, New Haven where they started their family with three daughters, ultimately settling in Ansonia, whereby they expanded their family, adding three sons, and living for the next 40+ years. Jean retired to Jacksonville, Florida in 1996 whereby she had the opportunity to care for her mother until her passing in 2008.
Jean is survived by her brothers Albert (Judy) Daigle and Roy (Judy) Daigle, her children, Deborah Winch of Florida, Patricia Marcucio (Stephen) of Seymour, Kathleen Maturo (Jay) of Orange, Robert F. Reynolds, Jr (Ruth) of New York, Rodney F. Reynolds (Marget) of Florida, Russell F. Reynolds (Shanna) of Florida, 13 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and extended family. Jean is predeceased by her husband, Bob Reynolds and Brother Roger (Joann) Daigle.
Jean worked at U.S. Motors, Whiffle Ball and Yale University Press for many years prior to her retirement. One year later and settled into Florida, Jean realized that she preferred being active, so she secured a position with Sodexho at Merrill Lynch where she worked until age of 72. In later years, Jean enjoyed her time at the Orange Senior Center where she made many friends and looked forward to chair aerobics, bus trips, arts & crafts, cards & games and sending out newsletters.
Having a very strong faith, Jean was a Eucharistic Minister at the Prince of Peace Church in Jacksonville, Florida for many years until relocating to Connecticut. After many months of attending mass virtually, she was so happy to attend in-person last Sunday and to receive the Host. Jean would often state “When God wants me, he’ll call me. I am not afraid.”
A loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend- family was most important to Jean, as well as her best friend of 72 years, Peg Maher. Her family and many others loved her deeply and are grateful to have had her in their lives. There is a profound sadness and emptiness that can never be filled by anyone but “Mom”.
Visitation will take place on Thursday from 5 to 8 pm at the West Haven Funeral Home. On Friday morning the procession will leave the funeral home at 9:30. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 10 o’clock. Interment will follow in Mt. St. Peter’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Jean’s name to the American Heart Association or the Orange Senior Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477
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American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association
PO Box 417005, Boston MA 02241-7005
Orange Senior Center
525 Orange Center Road, Orange CT 06477