Jean M. Thurston
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“To the family - I'm so very sorry for the passing of a very good friend of mine! I was just looking back through the Swem pages of those passed that...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: John Parker - Niles, MI

“So sorry Jeanette to hear about the passing of your sweet sister Jeannie. What a sweet and warm spirit you both have. We enjoyed the fun in High...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Marilyn (Klug) Thomas - Amarillo, TX

“Dear Jeanette and family, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Jeannie was a fansastic lady. I worked with her at DHS in the Niles, MI office and...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Pam Bernhard - South Bend, IN

“I am so sorry to hear of Jean's passing. I knew Jean and Jeannette from DHS. She was a good worker, good person, good caseworker. Very kind and...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Madeline Shelby - Lubbock, TX

“So sorry for the loss of Jeannie. She was always someone special to be around, either laughing or grumbling, as we all had grumbling days at work....Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Rose Ann Nicholas - Watervliet , MI

“Dear friend for many yaars. May you rest in peace. ”
6 of 22 | Posted by: Hope and Terry ousam - Bucnanan, MI

“When I first started working at DSS/FIA/DHS, I couldn't figure out why when I left the Benton Harbor Office Jeanne was there and by the time I drove...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Vicky Forrester - Watervliet, MI

“Jeanette, I was so sorry to hear of Jeannie's passing. I wish I had some magic words to ease your pain. Just know that I am thinking of you and...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Audrey Zellman - Niles, MI

“I have known this family for as many years as I can remember. You were the sweetest, most dearest woman I have ever known. You and your family will...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Karla Eaves-Pierce - Niles, MI

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. Jean was such a sweet lady and will be missed by all. ”
10 of 22 | Posted by: Joni Young

“Sorry for your loss. ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: Cheryl Cook Fardello

“I was so saddened to hear of Jeannie's passing. When I first met Jeannie and Jeannette, I thought to myself...I will never remember who is who...It...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Dorothy Marcucci Corder - FL

“So sorry to hear of Jeannie's passing. I graduated with her and her sister, Jeanette at Berrien Springs High School in 1964. She always had a smile...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Sandra (Wyman ) Heinz - Rock Hill, SC

“Dan, Connie and family, We were so sorry to hear that you have lost a very special sister. Please know, that even though we did not personally...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Jack and Diane Payne - Galien, MI

“Deepest sympathy to all of Jeanie's family. Even after 14 years of marriage to her cousin, I could never keep straight who was Jeanie & who was...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Kathy (Robbins) Schermer - MI

“Jeannie was a spitfire, when she, Jeanette, and my sister Ruth all got together. What a joy she was to be around. She always had that great sense...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Janet Sherburn-Whisenant - MI

“You could always bring a smile to my face and lift my spirits whether they needed lifting or not. Thats just one of the many ways you were special to...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Rhonda Linley King - Niles, MI

“I never considered you a step aunt. You and Jeanette were always laughing and smiling and that always spread throughout the room. I remember when I...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Cody Thomas - Step Nephew

“I remember Aunt Jeannie taking me to play Bingo when I was a little girl. She always made me feel special and was always so kind to me. There was...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Shawn Ashley - Berrien Springs, MI

“We love you very much and will miss you so much. You were so special and your smile would light up a room. It won't be the same without you. God...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Nelson & Lori Baber - Buchanan, MI

“Sitting here trying not to cry. Going to miss you Jeannie. You and Jeanette could light up a room when you came in together. I remember all the times...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Charlene Baber - South Bend, IN

“I have so many memories my friend. You will be forever a treasure in my heart. ”
22 of 22 | Posted by: Sue Hamilton - Beaufort, NC


Jean M. Thurston, age 65, passed away on Tuesday August 21 at West Woods of Niles, Michigan. Jean was born September 12, 1946 in Newberry, Michigan to Day & Jean Baber of Buchanan who survive; along with a son, Darrin (Kimberly) Thurston of South Bend, Indiana; and two grandchildren, Bryce & Brooklyn. Other Survivors include a twin sister, Jeanette Wagner of Buchanan; three brothers, Dan (Connie) Baber of Buchanan, Bill (Sue) Baber of Berrien Springs, Nelson (Lori) Baber of Buchanan; and several nephews and nieces.

Jean was a beloved, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and dear friend to many. She graduated from Berrien Springs in 1964 and retired from the Michigan Department of Social Services after 27 years of service. Jean loved many things in her life and her great smile proved it; first and foremost was her son and grandchildren. She loved music and dancing and spent her after school afternoons watching American Bandstand, learning the newest dance moves, dancing with her sister and brothers. She was loved and will be missed by all.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, August 25 at 10:00 a.m. at Swem Chapel in Buchanan, where friend may call on Friday the 24th from 4-8 p.m. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Lakeland Health Care / Hospice at Home, 1234 Napier Ave., St .Joseph, MI 49085. Those wishing to sign her guest book or send a condolence message may do so by visiting our website www.swemchapel.com.

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