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Jean Elizabeth (née Richard) Leety, a resident of Newtown for over 60 years, passed away peacefully in her sleep early Sunday morning, October 6, 2019.

Jean is survived by her husband of 66 years, Charles “Chuck” Leety; their son, Robert “Bob” Leety, and his wife, Dawn, of Milford, Conn.; their daughter-in-law, Betsey Horberg Leety, of Newtown, Conn.; their daughter, Sarah “Sally” Stevens, and her husband, Brad, of Brentwood, N.H.; their grandchildren, Steven and Lucy Leety-Wheeler, Beth and Evan Walsh, Eric and Amy Hersom, Christina and Migual Estrada, Paul Fenaroli, and Zachary Stevens; their great-grandchildren, Maddie and Charlie Leety-Wheeler, Aubree, Natalee, and Daniel Walsh, and Logan Estrada; and her brother, Alan V. Richard, and his wife, Sigrid, of El Paso, Texas.

Jean was born in Greenport, N.Y., on December 13, 1925, the daughter of Vinton and Helen (Vail) Richard, and grew up surrounded by family in the small village of Orient, N.Y. After graduating from Greenport High School in 1943, Jean moved to New York City and attended The Packard School, where she completed their Complete Secretarial Course in 1944. She met Chuck in 1952 while working for Alcoa, and they married in December of that year. After the birth of their son, Bob, they moved to Newtown in 1957 and lived there ever since.

Jean enjoyed playing bridge and attending Bible study, and she loved to read. First and foremost, though, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Jean was an active member of the Newtown Congregational Church and, most recently, Valley Presbyterian Church in Brookfield.

A memorial service will be held in her honor at Valley Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at 3:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Newtown Meals on Wheels, PO Box 122, Newtown CT 06470.

Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown is serving the family.

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