Jean Ross Rounds, for the past 37 years a resident at Tingley Lake in Harford Township, passed away on Tuesday, September 5 at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton as a result of internal injuries sustained in a the fall the prior evening at her home.
Jean Rounds celebrated her 100th birthday on May 28 of this year, with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as a host of friends. She also presided over her annual extended family picnic at the lake, always a special occasion for her.
She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Kenneth, teacher and well-loved school administrator in Susquehanna, Bradford, and Northampton Counties. She is survived by sisters, Gayl Lent of State College, Pa. and Betsy Delevan of Concord, NH; daughters, Susan Drewett (Donald) of Milford, Pa., Marile Marshall (Rick Rickert) of Newtown Square, Pa. Son, Barry Rounds (Mary) of Wheatland, Ca.; grandchildren, Gretchen Israel (David), Donald Drewett (Lisa Marie), Mark Drewett (Karla), Scott Rounds (Erin), Sean Rounds; great-grandchildren, Emma Israel, Margaret Lane, Sara Jane Drewett, Elizabeth Drewett, Camila Drewett, Kenneth Drewett, Eleanor Rounds, Ciera Pyle, Julyssa Rounds.
Jean (Ross) Rounds was born May 28, 1917 in Abington Twp. Pa. first child of Mary and Arthur Ross. Married to Kenneth in 1938, they lived in Ohio and New York State prior to his service in WWII, for many years in New Milford, later, Wysox and Easton. Following his death, she moved permanently to Tingley Lake. She maintained a life- long membership in the New Milford Methodist Church, but wherever she lived, was an active Church member, most recently a congregant in the Harford First Congregational UUC Church. During most of her life, she sang in choirs, choruses and as a soloist, directed the Church choir in New Milford and a bell choir in Harford. Her lifelong interest in history led her to help research and write a history for the New Milford centennial as well as writing and producing a pageant for the Harford Bi-Centennial. She was active in a writers group, directed plays in Harford, was honored by the League of Women’s Voters and worked as a meals on wheels volunteer in several communities. A graduate of Keystone College and the Scranton Lackawanna Business College, she maintained a keen interest in education. She was active in establishing a scholarship fund in New Milford to honor her husband and hosted exchange students. After widowhood, she developed and taught classes in assertiveness that benefitted many in the county. She continued to swim and row her boat at Tingley Lake well into her 90’s and continued to be inspired by nature’s beauty and took joy in reading until her death. She formed deep friendships and was always available to lend a helping hand. She will be sorely missed.
At her direction, her body was donated to the Humanities Gifts Registry for medical education. A Memorial Service will be held at the Harford Congregational Church-UCC on Saturday, September 30 at 11:00am.
Contributions in her memory may be made to The Harford Congregational UCC Church (State Route 2063, Harford, Pa. 18823; or to Heifer International (1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202/USA).