Jean Cerri Enea
February 7, 1926 – April 4, 2022
Jean passed away peacefully Monday morning April 4th after struggling with dementia for several years. It was the culmination of a life filled with great love, laughter, family, friends, food, and hosting more parties than you can count. She is reunited with the love of her life, and husband of 49 years, Ted.
Jean was born in Wallingford Connecticut in 1926, on what she claims was the coldest day of the year. She never warmed up and despised the cold her entire life. She moved to San Francisco with her family as a child. She lived in a flat above a drugstore not far from the Marina with her extended family that included her parents, grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins, and sister.
She enjoyed all that the City had to offer, including roller skating up and down the many hills, visiting the sweet shop with her sister Barbara, and bowling and hanging out with her beloved father. She also learned to cook from her extended family and passed that love of good food and cooking onto her children.
Jean began her first job at the age of 16, polishing jewelry at Carrou and Green Jewelers, and after she graduated from St. Bridgette’s high school in 1944, she went to work for the Pacific Bell Company.
Shortly after that, she met Ted, and in 1946 they were married. They moved to Antioch, where they would both become very active members of the community. Ted, along with his brothers and father began Enea Dairy, while Jean remained at home and cared for their growing family.
She was very active in local groups, including the Antioch Women’s Club, where she served as president, the YLI, of which she remained a member until her death, and served on the PTA of Holy Rosary School. Later, following her passion for golf, she joined the 18 hole women’s golf club, and the Delta Divots 9 hole club, where she served as captain of each on three occasions, as well as the unofficial party hostess.
She will also be remembered by friends and family for her ability to write poetry, both beautiful and funny, for any occasion, and her beautiful piano playing. She wrote a song for her beloved Ted after his passing, which she would play for anyone who asked. It later served as the background music to one of her granddaughter’s weddings.
Together they raised four children, Laura Jacques, Marta Forst, Ted Enea Jr., and Julie Perry. Their family expanded further with the addition of sons and daughter in law, the late Richard Jacques, Mitch Perry and Beth Enea. They had six grandchildren, Chris Jacques, Jeremy Cozakas, Jennifer Gantz, Alex Perry, Kayte Fontillas and Samantha Spokas. She also had six great grandchildren with another expected in June.
Jean’s wish for her celebration of life was very clear. This is her request, in her words. “Please don’t wear black to my service. I will have finished my life on earth, and I would like to renew my life with Ted in Heaven. Let it be a colorful and happy time. I have been blessed with our wonderful family and friends here on earth. Smile and be glad for me.”
Services will be held April 25th at Most Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A Street, Antioch at 10:00 a.m. with a luncheon to follow at her beloved Lone Tree Golf Course.
Special Thanks to the staff at the Commons at Dallas Ranch for caring for her for over five years, and to Navi, Jinder and staff at Zannat Boarding Care for making her transition one of loving and caring.
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