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Jean Wiant

May 28, 1928 — October 16, 2017

Jean A. Wiant, (nee Probeck) beloved wife of the late Richard A. Wiant, mother, grandmother, community volunteer and ardent supporter of music, died on October 16. She was 89 years old. She is survived by her children; Carolyn; James (Sharon); Marianne Shearer (John); Allen (Lisa) and her cherished grandchildren; James, Pence, Allison, Will, Lauren and Benjamin and her dear friend Carter Wang.

Family, community, and music defined Jean's life. From her first job out of college as a 'shut in' librarian, one that took her through the streets of Cleveland delivering books to the homebound, she found enormous satisfaction in helping others. She served on the board of Project Friendship, The Children's Guild, and Apollo's Fire. Jean led several initiatives to benefit Chagrin Falls Park and she was active on the Women's Committee of the Cleveland Institute of Music. An active member of the Church of the Western Reserve, Jean was also a long time member of InTown Club and The Mayfield Sand Ridge Club. She was a founding resident of South Franklin Circle.

Jean was also a lifelong student. She graduated from Laurel School and Sweet Briar College, and received her Master's degree in Special Education from Cleveland State University. Building on her experience as a special ed teacher, she opened her own business, One + One Associates, a tutoring center for students with learning disabilities that became a beacon for students near and far.

Jean lived a rich and full life. She enjoyed concerts, plays, lectures and books, and relished sharing good times with her wide circle of friends and family. Her spirit carried her through good times and hard times; her faith gave her strength and comfort. She lived her life with purpose and will be long remembered for the many ways she touched the lives of others.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to The Cleveland Institute of Music, 11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 Attn: Holly Selvaggi , The Children's Guild c/o Janet Ricchetti 2215 Landerhaven Court, Mayfield Hts. OH 44124 or The Church of the Western Reserve, 30500 Fairmount Blvd, Pepper Pike, Ohio, 44124. A Memorial Service and Celebration of her life will take place Saturday, November 4th at 12 p.m. in The Chautauqua Room at South Franklin Circle, 16575 South Franklin Street, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 44023.


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