Obituary for Jean Green
The beautiful and effervescent Jean Louise Green, of Mt. Carmel, Pa, died peacefully of pneumonia at the Geisinger Medical Center, surrounded by her adoring family on Sunday, March 26, 2017.
Jean was born June 20, 1924 to Grover and Cora (Cleaver) Strausser of Mount Carmel. In 1942, she graduated from Mount Carmel High School and went on to get her B.S. in Music Education from Susquehanna University in 1946, where she was a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota national music fraternity. After graduation, Jean taught high school music in Hackettstown, NJ and Wilson Borough, PA. At the same time, she studied voice in New York City in pursuit of her lifelong dream of becoming an opera singer.
During World War II, in an effort to support our troops, Jean began a letter writing campaign to local soldiers. One of those brave G.I.s, a casual acquaintance from high school, was Harold G. Green. Jean and Harold corresponded regularly until his return from Europe. On June 24th, 1950, following a 2 year romance, Jean married her heart throb. The ceremony took place at the Grace Lutheran Church in Mount Carmel. The happy couple settled on West 4th street where Jean began her career as the music supervisor for the Mount Carmel Public Schools. In fall 1952, Jean took a 12 year hiatus to raise her two children, David and Kathy. In 1964, Jean returned to teaching full time as the Mount Carmel Area elementary music teacher. She remained in that position for the next 20 years. Jean loved crossword puzzles and word jumbles and was a voracious reader with an affinity for historical novels and memoirs. She would absorb 5-6 books per week–James Michener being one of her favorite authors. She loved to travel and planned all the family vacations–often with an historical theme. In order to get a better understanding of the foundation of American history, Jean would have the family travel from Williamsburg, Virginia to Plymouth Rock, Boston and Mt. Washington in historic New England. After Jean and Harold retired, the couple bought a series of motor homes and began to travel the country for weeks at a time ultimately visiting every state in the US (except Hawaii) as well as most of the provinces in Canada. Jean eventually convinced Harold to voyage to Europe – where the couple rented a motorhome and visited 6 countries. Jean’s love of music was both passionate and contagious. She found music education so important that she began a choral program in the elementary schools and directed a series of musicals. Singing became a family tradition marked by the annual Christmas carol sing-a-long. Jean would play the piano and her family would take turns leading songs and harmonizing. At Halloween, Jean would ask every child to sing a Halloween song before giving them candy. She was sought out to perform in local weddings and church services. Jean and Harold (on violin) would spend evenings playing duets, or when possible, gather local musicians to play through quartets. She had an encyclopedic knowledge of songs both obscure and popular, and would joyously interject mid-conversation, “I know a song about that!” and burst into tune.
Jean was a member of the National Education Association, the Mt. Carmel Area Retired Educators Association, the American Association of University Women and The Eastern Star.
Jean was a devoted wife of 58 years to her beloved Harold and to the end was a loving and supportive mother. Jean will be dearly missed. She is survived by her children, David and Kathy, and Kathy’s fiancé, Bob Golden. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Mt. Carmel Public Library.
Funeral Services Monday, April 3,2017 at 11:30 from the Willard Rothermel Funeral Home, Mt. Carmel,PA .
Rev. Joan Brown officiating. Interment in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Viewing Sunday evening 6:00-8:00 P.M. from the Willard Rothermel Funeral Home. Willard Rothermel Funeral Home, Ray Rothermel, Supervisor.