|Birth: ||Nov., 1920|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Mar. 16, 2009|
Los Angeles County
Pasadena native Jeanette Dillinger passed away peacefully and comfortably on March 16, 2009 after a short illness.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon, and is survived by her children, Mark Dillinger and Lee Knutsen.
She attended Pasadena schools and was active in Altadena an d Pasadena Methodist Churches as a member of the choir, Sunday school teacher, youth fellowship counselor, Religious Education chairmen, member of the Methodist Board of Christian Social Concerns, representative to the Council of Churches, and in many Church women's groups. Jeanette was also a very active community volunteer.
When she saw a need, she hastened to address it. Over the years, she was a member of the N.A.A.C.P, League of Women Voters, American Friends Service Committee, American Civil Liberti es Union, a Girl Scout leader, and a sponsor of the Northwest Y.W.C.A.'s Mother's Club.
She was Parent Education chairman, Art Chairman, Room mother, Girl Scout leader, and was a fund raiser for the Red Cross, Community Chest, Heart Fund, Cancer Drive, and March of Dimes.
She was on the bureau for election of school board members in Pasadena, on the speaker's bureau for School Bonds, and on the Superintendents citizen's committee for re-districting to achieve racially integrated schools in Pasadena. She was particularly dedicated to equality for all regardless of race, creed, or country of origin.
The Education Sub-Committee on Public Schools, which she chaired, was influential in hiring the first Secretary of Human Relations in the Pasadena Unified School District in the early '70's.
She was also a prolific artist, and is remembered for her many portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. Her most viewed work is the lovely stained glass window, "September Morn," at the Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena.
Jeanette moved into assisted living at Hillcrest in La Verne in 2003 after her memory declined. She greatly appreciated the staff there who helped make her life carefree and happy. She will be remembered as a dedicated, practical, and loving mother, and a kind and good friend to all.
A celebration of her life will be held at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena on May 9, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.
Published in the Pasadena Star-News from 4/25/2009 - 4/26/2009.
Created by: Ryan Curtis
Record added: Apr 26, 2009
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