Jeannette Marguerite Fehner died peacefully on Feb. 4, 2018 at the Cottages in Traverse City. She was the daughter of Eugene Phillip Fehner and Ida Marie (Gagnier) Fehner.
Jeannette graduated from Cooley High School, Detroit, in 1938 and Marygrove College in 1942 with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry. Jeannette also earned a Master of Science in education from the University of Detroit and an additional 30 hours in physical science from Wayne State University. She was a chemistry teacher at Mercy High School and College and Henry Ford Community College for many years, retiring in 1985 and moving to Elk Rapids. She was a life member of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel.
Since her retirement, Jeannette spent many hours playing trumpet in various musical groups, including Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Encore Society of Music, Benzie Symphony, N.W. Brass Quintet, Encore Brass and Northern Michigan Brass Band. She was a member of the VFW Post #2780 Honor Guard and played "Taps" for many deceased veterans.
Music was her life-long passion and playing the trumpet on weekends helped pay for her college education. During her teaching and retirement years, Jeannette traveled extensively playing in overseas concerts.
Jeannette was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Ida; sister, Lucille Greggs; brother, E. Charles Fehner; and brother-in-law, Roger Greggs.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Suzanne (Brigit) Wood, of Tennessee, Valerie Michael, of Missouri, Laurence Fehner, of Missouri, and Laura Lee Luecking, of Illinois. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Bruni Fehner.
Visitation will be at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2017 at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning one hour prior. Graveside services will take place in the spring at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Kewadin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Encore Society of Michigan, Immaculate Conception Church, or the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel scholarship funds.
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Arrangements have been entrusted to Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
Published on February 7, 2018