Helen Jeanne Chengges Posted: 2019-11-08 16:00:37


Helen Jeanne Chengges (nee McNerney-Ryan), 97, from Toledo, Ohio passed away November 6, 2019 at Pepper Family Hospice Care Center.
She was born March 7, 1922 and raised in Toledo, Ohio close to her family. In 1943 she married Richard Coler Ryan (preceded in death 1919-1952), the father of her three children. Jeanne worked as the Director of Food Services for Maumee City Schools and retired in 1987. After her retirement she volunteered at Mercy Hospital Gift Shop and became the Mercy Hospital Guild President. She also volunteered at Notre Dame H.S. by assisting the nuns with various projects. Her passion was to help others and socializing. She enjoyed hosting luncheons, fashion shows, going to the theater, playing cards and bowling.
Jeanne was lucky in love and married James Chengges (Preceded in death 1916-2015) in 2000. They enjoyed traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her loving husbands, Richard Coler Ryan and James Chengges, her parents Lester and Ruth McNerney, brothers, Thomas and Donald McNerney, sister, Janet Harper, son-in-laws Michael (Colleen) Zoltanski and Duane (Patricia) Nowak.
Jeanne is survived by her children, Richard Ryan, Patricia Nowak and Colleen Zoltanski, sister, Joan (Rex) O'Connor and will be missed dearly by her grandchildren, Great grandchildren and all the extended McNerney, Ryan and Chengges families.
Private burial services will be held at Toledo Memorial Park Cemetery. A Mass will be dedicated in her honor at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Pepper Family Hospice Care Center/Journeycare-405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010
For further information please call the funeral home at 847-515-8772 or on line condolences may be directed to www.defiorefuneral.com

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Sue Mcnerney Jones 2019-11-11 20:50:47

So sorry for the family loss didn’t really get to know my Aunt Jeanne but her great things about her ,

Kris Harper 2019-11-12 00:40:26

I had the privilege of spending a couple weeks with my Aunt Jeanne just a few months ago. I loved every minute of it! Wonderful memories of my Aunt from my childhood and spending the night at her home with my cousins. I always felt she was the epitome of a gracious lady. She was my Mother’s (Janet RIP 2018) older sister, saying good bye is another tender heartfelt moment. I rejoice for all loved ones being reunited in Heaven everlasting. I hold God’s Promise that the time will come when grief is nonexistent????. Let us all, family and friends, savor our loving memories.

Patricia Grove 2019-11-12 07:20:42

So sorry about your mom Patty.

Terri Poland Christofferson 2019-11-12 16:30:57

So sorry for your loss, Colleen. Your Mother was a wonderful person. May she rest in peace.

Nancy Corson-McHugh 2019-11-13 16:38:29

To the Ryan family. Dear Colleen and Pat I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother Jean. She was a dear, sweet, woman and Colleen, you and I had some wonderful times at your Mother's home in Maumee. Please tell your brother and all of your children how sorry I am and my prayers are with all of you.

Marie Head 2019-11-14 18:08:06

When I first came to Maumee city schools Jeanne was the most welcoming and loving person I met. I shall never forget her. She was truly a woman ahead of her times in so many ways!! ❤️❤️

Carolyn Niekranz and family 2019-11-16 14:57:04

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beautiful mother. Obviously our mother Carolyn Niekranz is extremely saddened by this news as they were close friends for many years. We all have fond memories of your mother as well. I don't know where you are planning the mass but should it be in the Toledo area please contact us so that we may attend. Prayers to all of your family.