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Jeanne A. Cavallini

January 15, 1924 ~ January 8, 2019 (age 94)

A week before her 95th birthday, Jeanne passed away peacefully at home in the arms of her husband of 74 years.
Jeanne was born in San Francisco, the daughter of Elsie and Harry O'Donnell. She attended Polytechnic High and San Francisco City College where she met her future husband, Ed Cavallini. After graduating, Jeanne worked as a lab assistant at the Public Health Plague Suppression Lab in San Francisco.
Jeanne and Ed were married in October of 1944 and, when Ed went overseas with the Marine Corps, she returned to work at the Plague Lab. After the war they moved to southern California and started their family. By 1952, Jeanne had given birth to John, Paul, Marc and Jane, and Ed was working in the aerospace industry. The family moved to Monterey in 1956 when his company had opened a new facility and then to San Jose when he joined Lockheed-Martin in 1960. Raising four children and being involved in their various activities kept Jeanne very busy.
Following her dream of being a librarian, Jeanne graduated from San Jose State with a Library Science degree. She was hired by the San Jose Public Library as a Children's Librarian. She then became the Branch Librarian at the Willow Glen, Almaden and Rosegarden Branches. During that time Jeanne was San Jose's rep with Bay Area Young Adult Librarians. She was responsible for the young adult record collections at San Jose and put her four teenagers to work listening to music and recommending records to purchase. In 1985 she was transferred to the main library and was the Senior Librarian responsible for fiction, literature and poetry for the system. Jeanne retired in 1988 following twenty-five wonderful and successful years as a librarian.
Jeanne moved to Carmel in 1989 after deciding she wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of San Jose. She had always loved hiking and her daily routine including packing a lunch, walking to her favorite shop for coffee and a pastry, hiking down to the beach, lying on the sand to read and eat lunch, and hiking back home. After Ed retired, they moved to Monterey where Jeanne spent a lot of time with her cat FF (Formerly Feral) that adopted her while she lived in Carmel. She was a regular supporter of causes she strongly believed in, and among her favorites were the Pacific Grove Library, Sierra Club, ACLU, and the SPCA for Monterey County.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her sons John, Paul and Marc and her parents. She is survived by husband Ed, daughter Jane X Cavallini-Daudet, granddaughters Elena Robotham, Nicole Geiger, and Shawna Bonner, and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will not be held and Jeanne's ashes will be deposited in Monterey Bay. Memorial donations may be made to Friends of the Pacific Grove Library, Box EH, Pacific Grove, CA 93950.

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