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LAWLESS, Jeanne Offermann
LAWLESS - Jeanne Offermann August 24, 1924- May 29, 2015
Jeanne Offermann Lawless passed away peacefully at the age of 90 in Chatham, Massachusetts on May 29, 2015. Jeanne was born on August 24, 1924, in Buffalo, NY to Isabel Cole and Frank Offermann. Jeanne was raised on Grand Island, NY. She attended Mount St. Mary's Academy and Holy Angel's Academy in Kenmore and Buffalo, NY. She completed high school at St. Mary's Academy in South Bend, Indiana. Jeanne received her associate degree in 1943 from Marymount College. Jeanne married William Burns "Bill" Lawless, Jr. on March 9, 1944, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Buffalo, NY. The couple resided in Buffalo, NY, where they raised their family. In 1968, the family moved when Bill became the Dean of the University of Notre Dame law school. At the age of 46 Jeanne attended nursing school at Southwestern Michigan College and became a registered nurse. In 1973, the family moved to East Orleans, MA, on Cape Cod. She and Bill later divorced. In 1997, after her children were grown, Jeanne left the Cape and moved back closer to Mount Saviour Monastery where throughout her life she found great serenity, peace and fulfillment. Jeanne was fiercely independent but loved her time with her family of whom she was immensely proud. Jeanne was predeceased by her parents, Isabel (Cole) and Frank Offermann, and brothers Francis and Karl Offermann. She is survived by her brother Paul (Mary Fran) Offermann and sister-in-law Anne Offermann of Buffalo, NY and by all twelve children, Sharon (Oakland, CA), Barbara (Bill; San Anselmo, CA), Billie (Svetlana; Cleveland, OH), Cathy (Alex; Maui, HI), Gregory (Khamoaune; Carlisle, PA), Richard (Ellen; San Francisco, CA), Robert (Brewster, MA), Jeanne (Larry; Ithaca, NY), Therese (Jim; San Rafael, CA), John (Colleen; Orleans, MA), Maria (Nader; Walnut Creek, CA) and Tom (Nicole; Verona, WI), twenty-five grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Mass will be held at Mount Saviour Monastery, Pine City, NY, on Monday June 8 at 10:00 am followed by burial services at Good Shepherd Cemetery at Mount Saviour. In lieu of flowers, Jeanne specifically requested that donations be made to Mount Saviour Monastery, 231 Monastery Rd., Pine City, NY 14871.