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Jeanne Louise Shafer Blessing
Mar 18,1929---May 09,2017

Jeanne Louise Shafer Blessing passed away peacefully at Lakeview Village in Lenexa, Kansas on May 9, 2017 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.  Throughout her illness Jeanne was a beacon of love and strength, as she was all her life, to those who knew her.  She was much beloved by her family, including her husband of 63 years, Roger Francis Blessing Jr.; two sons and their wives, Bill and Anne Blessing of Leawood, Kansas and Craig and Monica Blessing of Princeton, New Jersey; and four grandsons, John, Joe, Lucas, and Michael.  Her kind, patient and practical life philosophy was embodied by her recent favorite phrase, "Do the best you can with what you've got".


Jeanne was born March 18, 1929 in Great Bend, Kansas to Lloyd and Kathryn Bell Shafer and grew up there with three siblings.  She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1952, where she was an Alpha Chi Omega.  After working as a physical therapist in Kansas City, Missouri and Fort Belvoir, Virginia, she became a fulltime homemaker in Overland Park and Lake Quivira, Kansas.  She was praised by clients when she returned to providing in-home physical therapy services through the Visiting Nurses Association.  She and Roger were active volunteers in the community and enjoyed extensive travels together. 


The family has held a private memorial service and no larger event is planned.  No flowers are necessary, but any memorial gifts may be directed to the Lakeview Village Foundation, Inc. at 9100 Park Street, Lenexa, Kansas 66215 or online at


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