Rejeanne "Jeanne" T. Jasud
RUMFORD -- Rejeanne "Jeanne" T. Jasud, 87, passed away peacefully on Aug. 22, 2013 at Rumford Hospital after a brief illness.
She was born in St. Johnsbury, VT to the late Arthur and Aimee St. Onge. In her early childhood days, they moved back to Canada where she spent her elementary school days where she was required to teach English to her classmates. She found this fun yet challenging.
At age 18, she moved back to the states where she fell in love with Theodore A. Jasud, a devoted man who shared the same family values, sense of humor and feistiness as she. They married on April 24, 1954 and built their home in Peru where they raised three children and spent much time with their grandchildren and great-children.
Married for 59 years, they had a true love like so few others. Over the years, Jeanne worked at various jobs, from waitressing at Freddie's Restaurant to collecting and processing items at the Peru and Mexico transfer stations.
She will be most remembered for 30 years of dedication as a bus driver in the Peru School District. "Mean Jeanne" and her partner, "Speedy Edie," transportated generations of Peru families to and from school. In 2000, she injured herself when she slipped on the ice while fueling her bus, which led to her retirement. Her final years marked the third generation of students she generated. Her eldest great-grandson, Dylan, had the privilege of riding bus #55 to his first day of kindergarten with Great Grammy by his side.
Jeanne, or JJ as she was known to bingo and card buddies, enjoyed gardening, baking and spending time with family and friends.
She'd also watch Judge Joe Brown or the Red Sox on TV at the local beano hall. She also enjoyed crafting, crocheting and knitting, and made beautiful sweater sets and blankets for family and friends. She loved to pick berries and bake pies.
One of her greatest moments was attending local sporting events and cheering on Dylan and Kenzie and their teammates. She was proud she created a little card shark when she taught Kianna how to play cards and bingo.
Those who knew Jeanne knew she was feisty, had a potty mouth and enjoyed dirty jokes, which she unknowingly passed down the family tree. She love her family unconditionally and loved her surprise visits. Jeanne's loving and generous heart and passion for family will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her loving husband, Theodore "Ted" Jasud of Peru; two daughters, Diane and Vincent Palmer of Bryant Pond,
and Cindy Brooks of Peru; daughter-in-law, Jackie Jasud of Hartford; grandchildren, Heather Finnegan, Jim Jasud, Jr., Danielle and Jason Grant, Mike Henson, Melissa and John Reeves; great-grandchildren, Dylan and Makenzie Lord, Kianna Finnegan, Alyzza Kara, Coral Jasud, Brooke Henson, Luke and Jack Grant, Mr. and Mrs. Collin Reeves, and John Mark Reeves; sisters, Nicole St. Onge and companion Johanne Gendron, Jeannette and Reggie Lacroix, Brother Ivon St. Onge; brother-in-law, Donald Jasud and wife, Beverly; many special friends including, Mike and Sharon Nervick and family, and many nieces and nephews in the states and Canada.
She was predeceased by a son, James Jasud, Jr.; a grandson, Christopher Jasud; her parents; brother-in-law, Walter Jasud; and sisters-in-law, Rita and Julie.
Special heartfelt thanks to Dr. Sean Callendar and Nikki Witas, RN, for always being a phone call away whenever Jeanne needed you. Your patience, professionalism and compassion are truly a blessing and we cannot thank you enough for the many years you were there for Jeanne and her family. Also a special thank you to the rest of the EDC staff and Myrna Haynes.