Jeanne Ann Schweder born January 2,1947, passed away at her home on November 23,2023 after a 6 year battle with lung cancer. She will be missed greatly by her children, John (Dee Dee), Jennifer (Glen), her grandchildren Breanna (Justin), Rion and Ian, great grandchildren Jordan and Raegan. Her loss will also be felt by dear friends and respected peers as well as remote family.
She lived a rich life. She had a great love of history and travel, books, and an almost obsession with French and Italian police detective shows. Her greatest love was gardening. She built stone walls with her bare hands, planted almost 100 Japanese maples, and drove her children crazy with trips to the plant nurseries.
She was a self-proclaimed workaholic. Her career in communications lasted for 56 years. She began as a reporter, quickly rising to editor of The Webster Herald in upstate New York. She was driven and ambitious, landing her a spot in the prestigious Who’s Who in American Women. Her passion for success lead her from one coast to the other finally landing her in Charlotte NC.
All while raising her 2 children with a dry sense of humor and showing them as much of the world as she could. Whether it was long trips in the car to see family, picnics on the Mall in DC before museum hopping, introducing them to the natural treasures of Sedona, The Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Devil’s Tower or taking them to Europe to see the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, The Rosetta Stone in the London museum, Stone Henge, Carcassonne in France to stand on the walls that were built 1000 plus years ago. She loved the texture, smell, flavors, and colors and wanted them to be part of it.
She was sassy, sarcastic, sometimes sardonic. She could be aggravating to the point of madness. She was also sage and forgiving (for most things), dedicated to her “beloved” ones. She was a force and presence that will never be replaced.