Rita "Jean" Hayes
Rita "Jean" Hayes (nee Barnhart), age 88, a resident of Ingleby, Haines Township, Pa., where she and her husband, Jack, built their mountain home in 1985 following their retirements, a former resident of Naperville, Ill., 1942-84, died in her daughterís home in Thiensville on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008.
She was born July 3, 1919 in Johnstown, Pa.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. at Mequon United Methodist Church, 11011 N. Oriole Lane, Mequon, Wl, (262) 242-4770.
A visitation and funeral Mass were held in Naperville. Future inurnment will take place at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Naperville.
Jean is survived by her husband of 64 years, John W. "Jack" Hayes Sr.; her sons John W. Jr. (Vanessa) Hayes of Portland, Ore., Jeffrey T. (Linda) Hayes of Columbus, Ohio and Michael L. (Patricia) Hayes of Boxborough, Mass.; her daughter Michelle (Richard) Hynson of Thiensville; her daughter-in-law Joanne McNeil Hayes; her brothers Robert C. (Valmere) Barnhart Jr. of Lake Forest, Calif. and Donald E. Barnhart of Wichita, Kan.; and her sister Muriel (Donald) Luke of Johnstown, Pa. Jean was the proud and loving grandmother of Stefanie, Andrew, Siobhan, John W. Ill, Jeffrey (Paige), Robert, John, William, Christopher, James (Nikki), Jacqueline, Jeffrey, Jonathan and Lydia; and one beautiful great-grandson Henry.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Robert C. and Edna (nee Adams) Barnhart.
Jean married Jack in 1943 on the U.S. Army Air Force Base in Hondo, Texas and she moved with him from base to base in Idaho and California until he went to the South Pacific as the navigator on a B-24 Bomber crew.
While he was overseas, their son John was born in Johnstown.
After World War II, they returned to Naperville where they raised their family.
Jean worked at St. Procopius College in Lisle, Ill., from 1961 until retirement in 1984, in the presidentís office where she became secretary for Abbot Daniel Kucera.
When Abbot Daniel was consecrated "Bishop Daniel" and moved to lowa, she was given charge of record-keeping for the college and she installed student, alumni and donor records on the college computer and supervised the program until 1984.
Jean was a charter member of the Naperville Diamond Chapter of the American Business Women Association and served early on as president of the chapter and was named its "Woman of the Year."
Jean was an accomplished pianist, singer, knitter, crotchetier and seamstress. She was the costume designer for the St. Procopius College/Community productions including "Mr. Roberts," "Carousel," "The Sound of Music" and "My Fair Lady."
Jean was involved in church music for most of her life, beginning with her first vocal solo when 3 years old until directing the choir in her home parish, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha in Pennsylvania. In the interim she sang in the Ss. Peter and Paul choir in Naperville and was the second choir director succeeding her daughter in the newly created parish of St. Margaret Mary in Naperville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimerís Association, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631, are appreciated.
For more information, call (630) 355-0213.