- 90 years old
- Date of birth: Aug 2, 1925
- Place of birth:
Blair, Nebraska, United States
- Date of passing: Oct 17, 2015
- Place of passing:
Campbell, California, United States
|Your body is away from me, but there is a window open from my heart to yours. --Rumi|
This memorial site was created in honor of Jean Kiskadden, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Jean touched our lives in so many ways. It is a place for family and friends to share memories, stories and photos that commemorate and celebrate her life.
December 10, 2015
Campbell United Methodist Church
1645 Winchester Blvd.
Campbell, CA 95008
4984 Peach Terrace
Campbell, CA 95008
"It’s hard to know where to begin. Jean and I reached the age of ninety about the same time. I wish her nineties could have lasted longer.
My memories reach way back because she married Robert (Bob) Kiskadden while we were all still young, thriving, healthy, happy and full of laughter. You see, Bob was probably my husband, Al ’s best friend. They met at the Congregational Church in Willowbrook about 1938. Al’s dad came as our minister and he brought along a wonderful wife, Gertrude, and three handsome sons…Tom, Wyne and Albert. Bob, Wyne and Al became buddies with church activities, beach excursions, etc., etc. Al and Bob were co-workers in LAUSD. Al was Secondary Art Supervisor and Bob was Social Studies Supervisor. Along with Larry Pena and John Deichmann, (Language and Music Supervisors), I recall tales of fun and hilarity..
Once or twice a year we met with Wyne and his wife, Jean, to celebrate birthdays. Al in November, Wyne in March. Halfway point was Santa Barbara or Ventura, often at Pierpoint Inn. Very often Bob and his Jean joined us. In all this wildly joking, laughing, teasing and “remembering “ the few hour passed too quickly. It was impossible to "keep the lid” on the three “boys." Jean and Jean and I sometimes tried. All we could do was laugh until the tears rolled down our cheeks. Actually, the nonsense was good for all of us.
My memories of Jean are happy ones. Our complaints were few. We genuinely enjoyed being with Jean and Bob. Those years are dear to my heart. I’m the only one still standing. But I hold my love for two Jeans, Wyne, Bob and Al close. Such friendships are rare so I am deeply grateful for being part of their lives. I send love to all of them."
"My friendship will continue ti thrive in my Spirit. Jean and I had a very special bond that can never be broken. All of you, who loved her too, are in my prayers. She loved each of you in a very special way."
"Thank you for the notice and invitation to Jean's Celebration of Life. She leaves an incredible legacy and so much loves in the many lives she touched. I will certainly be there in spirit, but am unable to join you in person.
Always remember that Love never dies. Beverly Geer"
"Jean came to teach at Blair High School when I was a sophomore. I took her biology class and for the first marking period she gave me an 82! That really challenged me. For the next marking period I earned a 97. The rest is history! She truly spurred me on. After she left Blair she continued to get the Blair papers and read about my basketball success. She then return to Texas with her husband and gave clippings from the paper to the basketball coach, O P Adams, at Lon Morris Jr. College, a small Methodist school in Jacksonville, Texas. Based on those clippings I was offered a full scholarship and was able to go to college. The next year Betty came to Lon Morris. We fell in love, became engaged and in 1953 were married and have now been married 62 years. Over the years we have stayed in touch with Jean and visited at our home on the East Coast and at her home in California. She was such a strong supporter of us and our ministry. She has a special place in our hearts. Were it not for her the parth of our lives would have never been the same. We and our kids and grandkids all owe an enormous debt to the difference Jean made in our lives by opening a way and place to go to Lon Morris. We thank God for Jean."
"Jean -- from the first day we met, you accepted me whole-heartly for who I was and that never changed in the almost 40 years I knew you. You were strong in your beliefs of right and wrong, and unselfish in giving of your heart, your time, your money and your keen intelligence to the world. You made a positive impact on hundreds of lives and always worked to do what you thought was the best and right thing to do. You lived a life well worth living."
You touched and enriched so many lives with your love, generosity, friendship, and warm-hearted service to others. I am immensely grateful to have had you in my life and extremely thankful for all you did for our family over the years. You set an example we will try to live up to as we attempt to pay it forward."
"Thank you for our many years of friendship. I will miss you."
Have a suggestion for us?