WHITEHALL — Jean L. VanGuilder Rozell, 49, of West Street, passed away unexpectedly at her home after a courageous battle with cancer Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.
Born March 19, 1963, in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the late William and Evelyn (LaChappelle) VanGuilder.
She was a lifelong resident of Whitehall and was a 1981 graduate of Whitehall Central School. She worked for several years in Argyle, most recently for Covidien.
Jean’s pride and joy was her granddaughter, Brooklyn. She was most proud of teaching her how to swim and dive this past summer. She enjoyed reading books, doing puzzles, gardening and spending time with her family and friends.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Clara Jean.
She is survived by her son, Brandon L. VanGuilder, her granddaughter, Brooklyn Ann VanGuilder, and Brandon’s companion, Cindy Williams, and her daughter, Hailee; four brothers, William M. VanGuilder and his wife, Julie, of Whitehall, Joseph A. VanGuilder and his wife, Laura, of Moreau, Thomas J. VanGuilder and his lifelong companion, Joan Willis, of Whitehall and Michael L. VanGuilder of Whitehall; two sisters, Ann M. VanGuilder and her lifelong companion, Michael Lafave, of Rutland and Patti L. Gordon and her husband, Michael, of Whitehall; her nieces and nephews, Kibbi VanGuilder, Kayla VanGuilder and Tanner VanGuilder, Kristen Gordon, Rebecca Gordon and Emily Gordon; and special friends who were very dear and supportive throughout her illness, Kenny, Daryl, Roxanne, Sherry, Nikki, Lori, Donna and all her co-workers at Covidien.
Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St., Whitehall, N.Y.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at the funeral home by Joe Tyrell, deacon of Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church, Whitehall, N.Y.
Interment will follow at Greenmount Cemetery.
Following the interment, family and friends are invited to a time of fellowship and refreshments at Big G’s Pub, Main Street, Whitehall, N.Y.
A special thank you to the staff at Foley Cancer Center at Rutland Regional Hospital, Rutland, Vt.