Jeannette Wiener passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 26th, 2021 at the age of 74. Jeannette was born in Passaic, New Jersey to Theodore and Helen Klemens (deceased) on August 15, 1947. Jeannette lived in West Milford, New Jersey with her loving husband, Paul Wiener (deceased) until they settled in Ridgewood, New Jersey to raise their family.
Jeannette received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Master’s Degree in Education from Montclair State University. Upon the completion of her education, she embarked on a 25-year long career in the New Jersey public education system, culminating with the honor of “Guidance Counselor of the Year”, in Bergen County. Jeannette had a great enthusiasm for teaching and guiding students through their educational pursuits. She was also passionately involved in women’s rights and equality with Title IX being a major accomplishment for her and women of her era.
In her retirement Jeannette enjoyed various positions in the Ridgewood Women’s Garden club, furnishing many seasons of flora for Van Ness Square and the Ridgewood Public library. She also enjoyed her time at The Ridgewood Country Club, playing both Golf and Paddle with her friends and The Mantoloking Yacht Club (when a golf tournament did not keep her away), where she spent her summers playing tennis and enjoying the beach with family and friends.
Her intellectual pursuits were fulfilled by her various book clubs, Jeopardy, and The NY Times crossword puzzle, of which the Sunday edition was a weekly tradition shared by her and Paul. Jeannette had an unforgettable energy and enthusiasm for life. She battled cancer like the warrior she is, surpassing expectations at every turn for more time with her friends and family.
In her prime, she’d best you in a round of golf, beat you in a game of tennis, then invite you over for a homemade dinner which included her famous apple pie for dessert. Jeannette would continue on to then school you in a game of Scrabble, eventually falling asleep, pencil in hand. She’d rise from her nap at 2am and get to work on sewing your new baby a stuffed bear. By 7am Jeannette would sound the alarm as she unloaded the dishwasher to mix up some muffins with the kids. And then proceed to do it all over again.
Jeannette is survived by her sons Dale (Spouse Dior), Jeff (Spouse Christina), grandchildren Kiefer and Waverly, and Sister Gloria Anderson.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions be made in Jeannette’s memory to the Mount Sinai Tisch Cancer Institute at https://giving.mountsinai.org.
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