Jeanne relaxes on her front porch reflecting on her life. She is a proud veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy as a Navy Wave for two years at the Norfolk Naval Hospital during World War II.
Upon her return to Omaha, she married her neighbor Marty and lived in a small two bedroom house on South 45th Street where they raised seven children. She now has 60 plus grand children, great-grandchildren and great-great grand children.
Jeanne was a homemaker and was active in various Parent Teachers Associations at Bryan Junior High School, and Ashland Park Elementary School. She was involved with the Omaha Police Department assisting with traffic safety at intersections. Jeanne also made time for her membership in the Bryan Mother Singers who would sing for residences of nursing homes and at other community events on a year round basis. All while battling early stages of Parkinson’s disease.
Jeanne’s fight with Parkinson’s gradually made it difficult for her to do the things she loved. Her husband Marty took care of her needs until he passed away in 2006. As her Parkinson’s disease progressed she became unstable on her feet, she reached out to an agency for help. A case worker noted the difficulties she was having but the condition of her porch prevented an upgrade to the bathroom. The case worker contacted Rebuilding Together Omaha. Upon inspection of Jeanne’s home it was noted that the porch footings had settled and the deck was askew from the ramp. Also, there was minor roof and interior repairs that were needed. Through Rebuilding Together and the Sears “Heroes At Home” program, a contractor made the repairs to the porch, entry ramp, roof, and living room ceiling and volunteers painted the ceiling and porch.
“I feel so grateful to be able to stay at home where I raised my children”.
Rebuilding Together is an organization that understands the problems regarding safety and independence and works to help those that can’t help themselves. The cooperation of the community is great for the families who need help and do not have the resources to do the work.
Jeanne smiles and says “the ramp is wonderful. I really enjoy my time on the porch every morning.