JT in Tan Coat on Clement St for cover (2)
Jennie Tong
  • 89 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 20, 1925
  • Date of passing: Nov 21, 2014
Let the memory of Jennie be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Jennie Tong, 89, born on June 20, 1925 and passed away on November 21, 2014. We will remember her forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Theresa Gee on 10th January 2015

"I will always remember Auntie Jennie keeping me company at the hospital where my daughter was born. Auntie's presence was very comforting and her generosity of time will never be forgotten. We miss you Auntie!

Gary and Suzanne Notario"

This tribute was added by Theresa Gee on 10th January 2015

"As a Christian, she had showed her faith in Jesus and shared God's love with people she met. Though she rests with God, I will always remember her joy and love.

May God bless her family with comfort and peace.

Raymond Zhou (a relative from Texas)"

This tribute was added by Theresa Gee on 10th January 2015

"JT was my auntie, a second mom, the matriarch of all my aunties, and someone I admired so much for her giving soul.  She never cared about material, earthly things, and always set her heart on helping others.  To give you an example, as Auntie’s health declined, she was in and out of the hospital.  One time, I went to pick her up at Chinese Hospital.  I went into the hospital to help bring her to the car, but she didn’t want to leave.  

Although Auntie was medically released by the doctors, she wanted to make her rounds like her days as a nurse, and then pray for each of the patients.  A cancer patient even cried when she was leaving.  My Auntie comforted her and promised to visit even though my Auntie was not well herself. The nurses and other patients loved her and jokingly called her Mother Theresa as we were leaving.

Ever since I was young, Auntie was always ready to support.  I remember she use to baby sit my siblings and me.  I’m not sure how she handled all four of us, but she did!   I also remember I mentioned to her I love ox tail stew, and when she heard I was sick a month later, she cooked it for me!  Against my will, she even cleaned my room.  This was NOT something I wanted her to do, but I’m sure my Mom appreciated it.  LOL!  

As an adult, she also listened to me when I was sad or frustrated from life’s struggles.  She prayed for me, affirmed my feelings, but also reminded me to forgive.   I love my Auntie!

She blessed so many.  She was also known to take off her coat, and give it to homeless she sees in the street.  NOW Who Does That?! Right?

I got to see JT the Sunday before she passed.  She repeatedly said she wanted to be in Heaven.  She was tired, in pain, and ready to be with her Father.  We prayed for her comfort, and through God’s grace she passed that Friday.  

Something surreal occurred the morning after she passed.  It rained that
morning, but the rain stopped as I was driving home from the gym.  I drove up to my house, and I saw several white doves in front of the house.  I don’t ever recall seeing doves in the neighborhood.  Some of the doves flew across the street, and some stayed in the drive way.  I stepped out of my car, I paused, they paused, and one stared directly in my eyes.  Then when ready, all flew away as if escorting Auntie to some place beautiful.  Auntie was on her way home to Heaven.  (If that's not a message, I don't know what that was.)  I walked into the house and smiled.

Love, Lisa"

This tribute was added by Theresa Gee on 10th January 2015

"Auntie Jennie has always given of herself to so many people.  She has served so many...her church, her friends, her neighbors, and especially her family.  She always gave of herself and never asked for anything in return.  over the years, she never once forgot my birthday, my kids' birthdays, or my sister's. I don't know how she managed to remember all of the relatives' birthdays, but somehow she did.  I wished that I had lived closer to her and the rest of our family.  The love she showed to our Lord and the people all around her will always be remembered.  She will definitely be missed, but we all know that she is sitting right there near God Himself.  Bless you, Auntie Jennie....  Thank you for all that you have done, and for the love you have shown all of us.  We love you always.

Denise & Family"

This tribute was added by Theresa Gee on 10th January 2015

"In Memory of My Sister Jennie:  

Dear Jennie,

I was five years old and you were only 14 when mother died and you had to take care of the family.  I thought that you were the prettiest in the family and you had the best comlexion. Young and attractive guys were always interested in you. You were smart, obedient and hard working. Thank you for taking care of us. I am proud of you and will miss you.

Love, your sister Alice."

This tribute was added by Theresa Gee on 10th January 2015

"As we all know, Auntie Jennie was no doubt an amazing woman who lived her life serving others.  It was always about how she could give to others, never about herself or expecting anything in return.  She was like Jesus, a servant to all.

Even though she had no children of her own, she was like a mother and grandmother to nieces and nephews, great nieces & great nephews.  After our triplets were born, she stayed with us for 3 months to help us care for them.  She would come in the very early hours of the morning, at 4:30, so that one of us could get a little 2 hour nap and would continue to help throughout the day.  Now Auntie wasn’t some young 55 year old grandma but a nearly 80 year old woman!  

Even after she had ended helping care daily for them, she continued to visit us weekly to bring prepared foods or groceries.  She’d go to Chinatown then get on a bus to deliver them to us for months.

And in true Auntie Jennie style, she never wanted anything in return.  When we tried to give her something to show our appreciation and thanks, it was always refused.  Even when she was at Vintage, her last residence and her health was rapidly declining, she continued to think of my children.  Whenever she won a prize playing games, usually a snack item, she would hand it to me to give to my children when I picked her up to take her to appointments.

As you read in her biography, she never threw anything out.  She repurposed and thought of those who could use them.  May be because we have triplets we were one of the recipients of some of those bagsful of earmarked items that had caught her eye.  She frequently would call me and say, “I have something for you/your children, will you be home?”  Even if I wasn’t going to be home, she would travel across town and leave it at Mom’s.   So we received some very useful items and some “interesting” items that we were unable to figure out what it was.

Auntie Jennie had shared with me several times that she thought she was suppose to die five times in her life, but God had not finished her work yet until now.  She lived a long, fruitful and purposeful life touching and blessing many lives in a deep and meaningful way.

In fact, when I was getting the programs printed, the printer who of course never met her, had commented how she was drawn and moved when she was reading her life story.  She wrote, “I was very touched just hearing about her. They don't make many people like that anymore..probably no one.”  Indeed, probably no one, I am very thankful & feel it was a privilege that God blessed me to be part of this family so I could know her.  All of us here today have benefitted from her incredible selflessness and generosity.  Auntie Jennie, I will dearly miss you."

This tribute was added by Theresa Gee on 10th January 2015

"The most outstanding things I remember about my sister Jennie was that she was always helping our family in care giving and giving financial aid to those in need.

She was also my good friend. We took Chinese cooking lessons and went to Europe together. It was fun!

Jennie, I love you very much. You will always be in my heart until I see you again in Heaven.


Flo - Florence Young"

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