Jean I. Gillum, 84, of Washington Depot, CT died February 11, 2016.
Mrs. Gillum was born March 27, 1931 in Hoboken, NJ, daughter of the Late Joseph R. Teater and Isobel (McLaughlin) Teater.
In 1934, she moved to New Milford with her family where she lived for many years, married, and raised her own family. Mrs. Gillum graduated from New Milford High School and attended Danbury State Teachers College (WCSU) and spent her life educating and caring for children. She taught at area schools including Saint Francis Xavier in New Milford and many Early Childhood programs including Interfaith Daycare in Danbury, CT where she taught until she was in her 80’s. She loved learning and teaching.
While raising her family, she was very active at St John’s Episcopal Church in New Milford singing in the choir and nurturing children. She appeared in community theatre productions at the Brookfield Playhouse, Creative Arts Center, and the Sherman Playhouse. In the 1990s she became an active member of Christ Church in Roxbury, CT serving as a lector and on the altar guild.
She remained in contact with many high school and college friends and was very involved in planning reunions. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She would spend hours talking about her grandson Dylan whom she adored.
After she was divorced from her first husband Richard H. Geissinger of Newport, NC, she married Frederick Gillum of Danbury, CT who pre-deceased her in 2001. At that time she moved to Washington Depot where she lived happily until her death.
Mrs. Gillum is survived by her sister, Carol Lucia of New Milford, CT; her children Cynthia J. Geissinger of Erie, CO, Kurt Geissinger and his husband Jeffrey Pannozza of New Milford, CT, Bart Geissinger and David J. Tuttle of Woodbury, CT, her only grandchild, Dylan Geissinger-Tuttle of Woodbury, CT, her nephew Lawrence Dellea of AZ, and great-nieces and nephews Lauren and Dillon Dellea of New Milford, and Emma and Eva Dellea of North Oxford, MA.
In addition to her second husband, her daughter Lisa Geissinger Malo, who was murdered in 1992, her nephews Joseph and Louis Dellea, and her great-niece Taylor Rose Dellea predeceased her.
A Memorial Eucharist will be celebrated on Saturday, February 20th at 11 a.m. at Christ Church Episcopal in Roxbury with the Rev. Robert Clements officiating. Interment will follow at the Christ Church Columbarium. There are no calling hours. The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Camp Washington Scholarship Fund, 190 Kenyon Road, Lakeside, CT 06758. The fund provides financial aid opportunities for children to experience God in the wilderness.