Jeanne Marie (Duncan) Weiland of Grand Rapids passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2020, in the presence of loving family. She is survived by her children, Janet (William) Coquillette of Mattapoisett, MA, Robert (Mary) Weiland of Grosse Pointe, and Ann (Haig) Kassouni of Grand Rapids; her grandchildren, Benjamin, Madeline and Elizabeth Coquillette, Rebecca and Robert Weiland, Caitlin Youngblood, and Lauren (Ryan) Gunderson; and her beloved dog and companion, Max. She was preceded by her husband, Robert V. Weiland, in 1992.
Jeanne was born on December 13, 1926, in Detroit. She attended Saginaw High School and graduated from the University of Michigan (class of 1949) with a degree in Education. She remained an avid Michigan sports fan throughout her life. She married Bob in 1951 and became an Air Force wife, moving gamely from base to base while raising three children. Jeanne and Bob settled in Grand Rapids in 1972, enjoying family, friends, community activities, and all that Michigan has to offer. After Bob passed away in 1992, Jeanne continued on capably in her house, making it a welcome haven for her extended family.
Quiet and thoughtful, Jeanne was also a force. She modeled strength, adaptability, sticking to one’s principles, and carrying on. Her goodness and sense of humor endeared her to all. She had close bonds with each and every one of her children and grandchildren, who knew that they could count on her for unconditional love and support. She maintained long-time relationships with many dear friends.
Jeanne had a full life. She was a superb cook, canner, and baker, teaching all around her to value the warmth of sharing food. She loved people and their stories, playing bridge, dogs, gardening, church, sewing, and quilting. She was a wonderful example of how to value the right things, give of yourself, and make your own happiness.
A memorial service will be held at a later date after travel restrictions have been lifted. Memorial contributions may be made to Cascade Christian Church, 2829 Thornapple River Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.