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Jean Riss Monsees

Jean Riss Monsees
  • September 26, 1927 - November 20, 2016
  • Manchester, Connecticut

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“I think people outgrow the concept of Best Friend in junior high, but Jean was mine and I miss her very much. She did not pass through your life,...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Kathy and Louie Chiappetta - CT

“Jean was a great friend to all at the South Windsor Public Library.I valued her kindness, helpfulness, good cheer and love of baseball. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Joe Pava - South Windsor, CT

“Andy, and Family, Sorry I'm late with this, but just heard A day ago about your Mom. I've known your Mom & the family since the early 70's & she was...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Phyllis (Sheehan) Rollins - FL

“I am very saddened to hear of Jean's passing. I had the pleasure of meeting Jean several years ago when she attended one of our citizen training...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Chief Timothy Edwards - CT

“Andy, and family;Our deepest sympathy upon the passing of your mother. I have never forgotten your mom, and I treasure the occasional chats we used...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Dick & Pauline Sheehan - FL

“A wonderful person who was always interesting and, more important, kind. She enjoyed spreading the joy of books. She lived her faith.She took a...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Kevin Rennie - South Windsor, CT

“To Lisa & the entire Monsees family,We were sorry to hear the news of the passing of your mother Jean. We wish you comfort during this difficult time...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Donna & David McMahon - Vernon, CT

“We have known Jean for over 50 years. A very special person. Our Thoughts and Prayers to her family. The Walsh Family ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Lisa and family: So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Colleen Forsyth ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry to hear of Jean's passing. She was a wonderful woman. Our prayers, thoughts and sincere sympathy goes out to the Monsees family. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Frank & Lucille Rothammer - CT

“I worked alongside Jean at CG when I first started in 1962 and I remember her well though I have not seen her for decades. I recall her delightful...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Thomas Shea - Simsbury, CT

“Our sincere sympathies for your loss. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home - CT

“How lucky we were to know Jean, truly an angel on Earth. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Susan Hicks

Jean Riss Monsees, 89, of Manchester, formerly of South Windsor died on Sunday November 20, 2016 at Manchester Memorial Hospital. Daughter of Anona Sauveur Riss and Daniel Theodore Riss, pre-deceased by Thomas, her husband of more than 50 years, her sisters Elin Marie Smith and her husband Charles and Margaret Bloom and her husband Robert. Jean was born in Ralston, Pennsylvania. She graduated valedictorian from high school and then earned her teaching degree from West Chester State Teacher's College, located outside of Philadelphia. Although she did not pursue a long-term teaching career, teaching stayed with her throughout her life. Jean worked for Connecticut General Life Insurance Company for nearly forty years. She enjoyed her work but thoroughly cherished the longtime friendships developed over those years. Many summers were spent in Cape Cod, but Jean and Tom found time to take their four children and their family dog cross country several times, pitching tents, cooking on a camp stove, exploring national parks and taking in numerous park ranger shows. That was a great gift to their children. Jean loved spending time with people, reading books, solving Cryptograms and playing a good game of Scrabble. She was a kind and giving person and very dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer. As an active volunteer for the Friends of the South Windsor Library she co-chaired the Book Sale Committee. She served on the committee that worked on the library expansion in 1995. In addition, she was involved in the hospitality efforts for concerts and programs for Wood Memorial Library and South Windsor Cultural Arts committee. Jean delivered meals for over eleven years with the Meals on Wheels program. She also volunteered for FISH, an organization that provides rides for local residents. Jean shared her non-judgmental spirit for giving with her children and gently encouraged others around her to give of their time to a lonely person, a child, to visit a friend in the hospital or to support a community organization. Please find a moment to share your time, your skills and your passion with a stranger. Pay it forward and think fondly of Jean. Jean is survived by her son Peter William Monsees and daughter-in-law Roslyn of St. Inigoes, MD, grandson Daniel and his wife Katrina and great-granddaughter Guinevere of Burnham ME, and grandson David and his wife Crystal and great-grandsons Dalton, Aiden and Parker of St. Inigoes, MD, sons Andrew Riss Monsees of Ellington CT, and recently lost inspirational friend Eileen Keuhnel of South Windsor, CT and Thomas Daniel Monsees of Coventry, CT and his friend Barbara Murdock, daughter Lisa Sauveur McMahon and son-in-law Paul of Manchester, CT. She leaves many nieces and nephews and really wonderful friends. She greatly appreciated the friendship and care by aids and nurses from Interim Care, Salmon Brook Center and Crestfield Rehabilitation Center & Fenwood Manor. A funeral service will be held on Saturday December 3, 2016, 10:30 a.m., at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 239 Graham Rd., South Windsor. Burial will be private at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Wood Memorial Library PO Box 131 South Windsor, CT 06074. Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home has care of the arrangements. Please visit us at