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home : obituaries : obituaries August 19, 2014


1/29/2014 11:40:00 AM
Jean Sirianni

Jean M. Sirianni, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died peacefully in Vero Beach, FL on January 19 at the age of 87. Jean was born on March 21, 1926 in Rice Lake, WI to A. A. Bergeron and Luella (Cain) Bergeron.
She attended St. Scholastica's School in Duluth, MN and graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1944. Jean went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from St. Catherine's University in St. Paul, MN.
Jean married her high school sweetheart, Fred A. Sirianni, in 1949 in Rice Lake, WI. They moved to Eau Claire, WI in 1959 where they raised their twelve children.
Jean was a strong and loving advocate for her children's development in all areas academically, artistically, socially and spiritually. She advised and counseled many friends throughout her years in Eau Claire, Eagle River and Vero Beach. Jean was adored by many and admired for her courage, tenacity, dedication to family and friends, cooking ability, love of animals and nature and her sense of humor. (After all, she had 12 kids!)
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; and three close aunts, Lucille Cain, Marie Wahl and Ida Johnson.
She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Fred; their children, Steve (Kitty) Sirianni, of Seattle, Tony Sirianni, of West Palm Beach, FL, Janet (Steve) Driever, of Eau Claire, Mary Sirianni, of Robbinsdale, MN, Patty Sirianni, of Minneapolis, Jim (Melissa) Sirianni, of Madison, John (Julie) Sirianni, of Eau Claire, Kate (Yutaka Ishimi) Sirianni, of Boynton Beach, FL, Carey (Al Epp) Sirianni, of Minneapolis, David Sirianni, of St. Paul, Fred (Jane) Sirianni, of Marysville, WA and Sue (Ken) Lessley, of Minneapolis; 23 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many special dogs.
Though a member of St. John of the Holy Cross parish in Vero Beach, a Memorial Mass will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1712 Highland Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701. Father Don Meuret will officiate. Memorial visitation will take place at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home on Friday, February 7, 2014 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. There will be no visitation prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning. Inurnment will take place in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Eau Claire following the luncheon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Jean's name to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.full
Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Article comment by: john Michalke

Dear Fred,
I was sad to hear of Jeans death. I have fond memories of both of you from my early years in Rice Lake. You were very kind to that little boy up the street, remember Fred, you gave me my first job!

Our good and just Lord has now taken Jean to a better place and we know she is now receiving her blessed rewards.

Carol & I are now at our home in Scottsdale AZ. We return to our home on Lake Couderay in May. I always look forward to hearing from you.

John Michalke

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