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Jean Schrift

June 26, 1935 — September 29, 2021

SCHRIFT - Jean (Leja), 86, Cleveland, Ohio; passed away peacefully September 29, 2021 at home. Beloved wife of the late Charles A. Schrift; devoted Mother of Bruce of Cleveland, Yvonne (Steve) Burke of Fairfax, Virginia, and Renee (Juliano) Boronka of Cleveland; loving Grandmother of Matthew Burke (Elisa) of Ashburn, Virginia; and Aunt and Great Aunt of many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Ann (Wojcik) Leja. The baby of eight children, she was also preceded in death by seven siblings: Amelia “Nellie” Jordan, Bernard, Stanley, Frank, Caroline Behe (who passed away just hours before her), Andrew and Irene. She is survived by her sister-in-law Regina “Jean” Leja of Lilly.

Married for over 60 years, she was extremely close with her in-laws. Jean was sister-in-law to Patricia (Dennis) Penatzer of Ebensburg; the late Dolores (Clarence) Farabaugh of Carrolltown; David (Elener) of New Germany; Ronald “Chick” (Gail) of New Germany; Mildred “Millie” (George) Frank of Ebensburg; Theodore “Hayden” (Patricia) of Munster; William “Bill” (Janice) of Somerset; Thelma (the late Kevin) Long of Ebensburg; and Jean (Wally) Sliko of Ebensburg.

Her parents were emigrants from Poland. They met, and in 1917 married, in Passaic, New Jersey. Jean was very proud of her Polish heritage. She loved to cook traditional Polish food, making the best stuffed cabbages and pork & sauerkraut. Her apricot kolaczki were heavenly. Her home was often filled with the sounds of polkas—her favorites included a trumpet, she was not a fan of the tuba!

A retired bank teller at Society National Bank (Ameritrust), Jean was first and foremost a loving and caring wife and mother. She enjoyed family vacations and camping trips, playing bingo, visiting casinos and solving word puzzles. She was an avid card player and loved playing cards with her sister-in-law Elener. Jean will be remembered for her kind soul, sparkling eyes and cheerful smile.

Since 1962, she was a devoted parishioner of St. Ignatius of Antioch Roman Catholic Church, where she prayed and found strength. The family requests donations in her memory to St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 10205 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44111. Online at

The family will receive friends Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home, Inc., 621 Maple Street, South Fork.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Immaculate Conception Church, 1635 New Germany Road, Summerhill; Father Joseph C. Nale, Celebrant. Committal, St. Marys Cemetery.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home

621 Maple Street, South Fork, PA 15956

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Funeral Mass

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

1640 New Germany Road, Summerhill, PA 15958

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