Jean Eleanor (Kendall) Gordon

Born: Tue., Aug. 22, 1922
Died: Sat., Nov. 8, 2014

Private Committal


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Wed., Nov. 12, 2014
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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Jean Eleanor Gordon, 92, of Notre Dame, IN was born August 22, 1922 in Portsmouth, Ohio, the daughter of Mabel Knoast and Richard S. Kendall. She grew up in Portsmouth, Ohio and, after graduating from high school, went to Ohio Wesleyan University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. During WWII, she taught English in Portsmouth, OH and coached the men's basketball team at Ohio Wesleyan. She started a legacy of Ohio Wesleyan students, with 12 relatives attending the University. She married William Glenn Gordon in Portsmouth, OH on December 29, 1945. Together they had 4 children and lived in several different cities in the Midwest and the East Coast while raising their family. South Bend, IN was always the most special place for Jean and Glenn. It is the place they chose to spend the rest of their lives together. Jean was a devoted wife and mother. The ultimate caregiver, she taught her children to be independent, but compassionate and giving toward others. She was actively involved in community affairs in South Bend, IN since 1962 and always cherished her countless friends over the years. She is preceded in death by: her parents and her sister, Ruth Ann Gardner, her daughter, Carolyn Gordon, her grandson, Gordon Fusakio and her beloved husband, William Glenn Gordon who passed away earlier this year on February 25, 2014. She is survived by: her three sons, Richard K. Gordon (Susan) of Houston, TX, David C. Gordon (Dorsey) of Winnetka, IL and John W. Gordon (Deidre) of Anniston, AL; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Long (Tyler), Ann Gordon (Josh Baum), Christine Gordon and Richard Gordon, and one great-grandson, Griffin Long. The Gordon family wishes to thank Jean's many friends who were a part of her life and love her deeply. In addition, we wish to extend our gratitude to Julie Begonia for her exceptional care and devotion to Jean over the past 17 years, and to Toni and Roxy from Senior One Care for their loving, professional care. A private family service of remembrance will be held in the Chapel at Joseph Valley Memorial Park with Reverend Dr. Adelia Kelso, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 12:00 to 1:00 pm on Wednesday in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road. Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Hospital through the Memorial Health Foundation, Attn: Connie Williams, 615 N. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601-1033. Family and friends may leave E-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Jean's memory to the following organization:

Memorial Health Foundation
Attn: Connie Williams, 615 N. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601-1033

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Victoria & Fred Maione
   Posted Sat November 15, 2014

All of you are in our thoughts and prayers...

We will cherish the memories we shared with Jean and Glenn over the many years. A couple so much in love... the twinkle in Glenn's eye whenever he talked of Jean...truly a love story!

Jean was a very special lady!

Victoria & Fred Maione

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