WEST HARTFORD – Sister Jeanne Jackson, of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Northeast Community, died on Dec. 29, 2014.
She was born in New Haven on Dec. 1, 1927, a daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Gray) Jackson. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of New Rochelle and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois before embarking on a career in education in the public school system in Urbana, Ill.
She co-founded and directed a pre-school in Urbana before entering the Sisters of Mercy in 1976. Sister Jeanne professed religious vows on March 2, 1980, and continued teaching in New Britain, Greenwich and Waterbury.
She also briefly served as the associate program director at Mercy Center in Madison. After earning a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry, Sister Jeanne ministered as director of religious education and outreach ministries for the Diocese of Norwich.
Upon retiring in 1997, she remained engaged in several volunteer capacities, including that of receptionist at Mercyknoll.
In addition to her religious community, Sister Jeanne is survived by her sister, Nancy Grote of New Hampshire, and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on Jan. 2 in the chapel of St. Mary Home. Burial followed in St. Mary Cemetery.
Donations in Sister Jeanne’s memory may be sent to the Sisters of Mercy, 55 East Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111.