Jean E. Ahart


On Sunday evening, Aug. 11, 2019, Jean Ellen Ahart slipped the surly bonds of earth and joined her parents in the stars.
Jean was born June 11, 1936 to Archie L and Dorothy A (nee Wolf) McLean in Traverse City.
She spent many of her early years in Northport as well. Jean graduated from Traverse City Central High in 1954 and ventured off to Michigan State University to further her education. After returning home, she married John "Jack" Richard Ahart and they set off together building a family and home on Old Mission Peninsula. Among raising three boys, Jean enjoyed golf at the Traverse City Country Club, skiing and instructing at Holiday Hills, sailing on West Bay, and summer trips to the cabin her father Archie built on Lake Matinenda, Ontario Canada. It was on one such trip, while sunning on the rocks with her girlfriends, while the men were out fishing that a bear decided to join them for a brief visit. This visit surely made their day and was memorialized by Jean's receipt of a large stuffed bear for the next Christmas.
Jean divorced Jack later in life and set off on her own, first becoming involved in real estate, before returning to college and obtaining her Licensed Practical Nurse degree. With a friend, they established a non-emergent patient transportation service in Traverse City. From there, Jean moved on and built and opened/operated Rosegate Residential Care on Lafranier Hill. She operated this home for many years, providing her residents with a very loving and comfortable home and carefree life. This business allowed her the opportunity to travel the world. Jean traveled everywhere from the River Volga in Russia, to Africa, and of course her favorite destination, Scotland. Once, in mentioning to her son, Chris about a pending trip to the Galapagos Islands, he remarked in wonder as to why she decided to travel there. Her answer, Antarctica was booked. This was the adventurous spirit that Jean possessed. One that will serve her well as she proceeds on her next journey.
Jean is survived by her sons, Chris and his friend, Darline Wilson, his sons, Joshua (Kaitlyn) and James Archer; Nick (Lisa) and their son, Alex; and Pat and his son, Zane. She is also survived by her sister, Pat McCann, of Seattle, Washington; her niece, Jeannie (Jay) Lund; nephew, Bill McCann; and her newest and first great-granddaughter, Kinsley, whom she was delighted to meet shortly before passing on.
Jean requested that there be no funeral or memorial services. Cremation has taken place and her ashes will be scattered to the wind. Please visit to sign the guestbook and share your memories with the family.
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Marsha Kaltenbach
Aug 29, 2019
Pat and Zane, so sorry to hear of Jean's passing. May she rest in peace and you find comfort in the memories you share. Marsha
Shelley England Barr Mckinney
Aug 18, 2019
Where to begin? Jeannie and I began kindergarten together, were very close friends through our TC school years and beyond. She was maid of honor in my wedding, I a bridesmaid in hers. As I moved away from TC, she was a connection there and we connected by phone or met in town whenever possible. Our last call was this summer and I’m saddened by the news of her death but comforted to know she is at peace. Jeannie was a very special and loyal friend, I will miss her.