Jean Marie Patrick

July 27, 1934November 25, 2022
Obituary of Jean Marie Patrick
Jean Marie Patrick passed away in Roslyn, Pennsylvania, having reached the age of 88 years. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1934 and grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Jean was the only child of her Italian parents: father, Ben Lester Patrick, an Italian immigrant whose original name was Biase Petrecca; and mother, Mary Patrick, née Dinallo. After graduating from Shaker Heights High School, Jean went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. It was there that she met her future husband, John Arthur Jankowski, who was a member of the United States Air Force. They married in 1956. In 1961 Jean and John lived in Rome, New York, where Jean taught high school English at the Rome Free Academy. Because of John’s work, they had to travel to and live in many different places in the U.S.A. and around the world, including but not limited to, Newfoundland, Canada; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Tehran, Iran. In 1973 Jean completed a Master of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Jean and John divorced in 1975. Following this, Jean, now a single mother, courageously raised her four young children. From the moment they were born, she shared with them the wonderful gift and appreciation of classical music. To support her family Jean held many jobs over the years, including teaching in Fairfax County, Virginia; Prince George’s County, Maryland; and Richmond, Virginia. Later she taught English and Latin in Shenandoah County and Winchester-Frederick County, Virginia. When Jean was in her 60s she pursued a Doctor of Philosophy degree from LaSalle University. Her final post of employment was as a Professor of Music History & Appreciation at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, where she simultaneously enrolled as a student in art and history classes. Jean’s sense of curiosity, thirst for knowledge, and boundless energy made her a lifelong learner: she was happily still taking classes as a student at the age of 78. Jean was an accomplished pianist, and also studied the violin, clarinet, and sang beautifully as a soprano. For many years she taught private piano lessons and strings, the latter via the Suzuki Violin Method. Passionate about fine arts, Jean enjoyed painting in oil and watercolor, sketching in pencil and charcoal, and using pastels. She loved languages and literature, and wrote plays and poetry. Jean is survived by her daughters Natalie Jankowski-Trainer (Douglas Trainer) and Celeste Jankowski (Hilary Brown), sons David Jankowski (Melody Pachankis) and Carl Patrick Jankowski-Carson (Elizabeth Carson), grandchildren Joshua & Alexandra Trainer, Gillian Deese (mother: Tina Deese Huggins), and Mary, Matthias, Charles, Felicity, Aberdeen & Cecilia Carson. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the classical music station WETA. for Classical Music. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Patrick family.

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