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Jean B. Sawyer, 95

November 16, 1922 to December 29, 2017

Jean B. Sawyer, 95, of Sheffield died at 10:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society - Prophets Riverview in Prophetstown.

She was born Nov. 16, 1922, in Fitchburg, Mass., the daughter of Milo and Gladys (Farnsworth) Bacon. She married Dr. John R. Sawyer Nov. 17, 1943, in Norwood, Mass. They shared 50 years together. He preceded her in death in 1994.

She graduated from Norwood High School in Norwood, Mass. She also graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Art in Boston, Mass., where she met her husband, and later earned her bachelorís degree from Kutztown University.

She worked at the Kutztown University bookstore for many years and later taught second grade at The Wyndcroft School in Pottstown, Pa.

Jean was a member of the Bureau Township Community Church, a prayer group and Bible study, and Kappa Delta Pi education honor society. She was an accomplished watercolor artist, pianist and church organist, and quilter. She tutored many children in the Sheffield area and also taught piano lessons.

Survivors include three children, Alan (Eileen) Sawyer of Macungie, Pa., Starr (Joseph C.) McAlexander of Anna, Texas, and Lane (William) House of Sheffield; seven grandchildren, Christian (Stefenie) Sawyer of Allentown, Pa., J. Colby (Lori) McAlexander of Hawaii, Jeremy (Cheri) House of Sheffield, Joel (Heidi) Sawyer of Crystal Lake, Shane (Brandy) House of Bellevue, C. Gentry McAlexander of Garland, Texas, and Jessica (Douglas) LaFountain of Good Hope; 17 great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces in Massachusetts; and close family friends in Texas and Pennsylvania.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; and one brother, David H. Bacon.

Services will be at noon Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Bureau Township Community Church in rural Princeton with the Rev. Patrick Jones officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services in the church. Burial will be in the Manlius Cemetery in Manlius.

Memorials may be directed to South Side Mission in Peoria, southsidemission.org; Wyndcroft School in Pottstown Pa., wyndcroft.org; and ASPCA.

The Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Princeton is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.grant-johnsonfh.com.

Service/Memorial Information

Services will be at noon Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Bureau Township Community Church in rural Princeton with the Rev. Patrick Jones officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services in the church. Burial will be in the Manlius Cemetery in Manlius.

Memorials may be directed to South Side Mission in Peoria, southsidemission.org; Wyndcroft School in Pottstown Pa., wyndcroft.org; and ASPCA.

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  • prayer"Loved this lady so much, canít imagine her not here in her sweet home. My most sincere condolences."Tribute from: Michelle Mannon
    January 8, 2018
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  • tullips"Sorry for your loss."Tribute from: Terry Boydstun
    January 6, 2018
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  • tullips"Jean was a beloved teacher at The Wyndcroft School for many years and still today is an inspiration to students as well as teachers. Each year in our Honors Day we present the Jean B. Sawyer Award to the fifth grader who best embodies Jean's traits: a curious student of the world, an enthusiastic reader, and a positive person that always gives her best and complete all. Your legacy to education continues to thrive at Wyndcroft!"Tribute from: Gail Wolter, Wyndcroft Head of School
    January 4, 2018
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  • candle"I worked at H&R Block in Princeton for many years and started preparing John and Jeanís taxes when they first moved to the area. After John passed I continued preparing Jeanís taxes until I retired. Jean was one of the sweetest ladies I had the pleasure of knowing. She will surely be missed by all who knew her. May she Rest In Peace with her beloved John."Tribute from: Kathy Gensini
    January 3, 2018
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