|Birth: ||Oct. 12, 1915|
San Francisco County
|Death: ||Aug. 22, 2012|
Jeannette Harriett Crapuchettes Heaney, age 96, died in her home in Gresham, Oregon, of congestive heart failure on August 22, 2012. She was born on October 12, 1915, in San Francisco, California, the oldest of seven children born to Emile Jean Crapuchettes and Harriett Ruth Wythe Crapuchettes.
In 1938 Jeannette graduated with honors from University of California Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, followed by a master's degree in mathematics in 1940. She earned a lifetime secondary teaching credential and was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Honorary Mathematics Society. Jeannette worked as a math instructor at Marin Junior College and then as a junior civil engineer for the Army Corps of Engineering when WWII broke out. When the war ended, so did the job.
Jeannette subsequently attended Faith Theological Seminary in Wilmington, Delaware, where she met George Mahlon Heaney, whom she married on September 7, 1947, in San Mateo, California. They lived for three years in Aberdeen, Maryland, where Jeannette worked for Aberdeen Proving Grounds doing research and development. In 1952 they moved to California and eventually settled in Walnut Creek. George and Jeannette were married for 41 years and had 5 children.
During her marriage, Jeannette worked as a homemaker, high school and junior college instructor, and mathematician. In 1979 she retired after twelve years employment with the US Naval Weapons Station in Concord, California. Jeannette and George moved to Salem, Oregon, in 1983, and to Gresham, Oregon, in 1988.
On her birthday, Jeannette's father, an avid baseball fan, used to tell her, "The day you were born was the day that Grover Cleveland Alexander pitched a no-run, no-hit game in the World Series." Like her father, Jeannette loved baseball. Her face lit up, her voice rose, and her arms waved when she talked about her favorite team, the Oakland A's. One of the highlights of her life was when she visited the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, where she amazed other visitors with her knowledge of the game and different players.
Jeannette was an intelligent, loyal, and strong woman with an indomitable spirit. For many years her children called her The Energizer Bunny because she just seemed to keep going, going, and going. She sacrificed much to the betterment of those around her. Her love and support of her husband and children was top priority. A hard worker her entire life, she instilled in her children a strong work ethic and an aversion to debt.
She enjoyed playing Dartball, Dominoes, and Scrabble. Although she always insisted that she had no artistic ability, she was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed knitting and crocheting, and various needle crafts. Jeannette was curious about the world and traveled with the family on four cross-country trips and to Europe and Israel with her husband. In 1994, when she was 80, she traveled to Russia for two weeks on a short-term mission trip with Josh McDowell Ministry.
A woman of steadfast Christian faith, Jeannette read her Bible daily. She faithfully attended First Baptist Church in Walnut Creek, California, for almost 25 years. In 1988 she began attending Pleasant Home Community Church in Gresham, Oregon, where she greatly appreciated the loving care and support she received.
Jeannette is preceded in death by her husband, George, in October of 1988, and her third daughter, Mary Ellen Heaney, in July of 2009. She is survived by her daughter Sarah Fretwell and husband, Roger Fretwell, of Las Vegas, Nevada; her daughter Elizabeth "Liz" Heaney and husband, Casey Fast, of Portland, Oregon; her son Robert "Bob" Heaney and wife, Ileana Heaney, of Suffield, Connecticut, and her son Reverend David Heaney and wife, Cindy Heaney, of Cheyenne, Wyoming; and their children and grandchildren. Jeannette is also survived by her sister Eugenie Stanton, her sister Eunice Kilkenny, her brother Jacques Crapuchettes, and many nieces and nephews, along with their families.
George Mahlon Heaney (1911 - 1988)
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Record added: Nov 11, 2012
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