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Mary Jean "Jeanne" (Beck) DeFazio

December 19, 1949 ~ August 21, 2017 (age 67)

Mary Jean (Beck) DeFazio, a woman who loved the Lord and her family with all her heart, was taken to her heavenly home from her earthly residence, on Monday, August 21, 2017 surrounded by her family at the age of 67. She was born in Pittsburgh on December 19, 1949 to the late Eugene and Margaret (Jackson) Beck. Currently residing in Sewickley, she was formerly of McCandless. Beloved wife of Thomas A. DeFazio; loving mother of Thomas Eugene DeFazio (Bill Beaumont) of Oakdale and Amanda DeFazio Backeris (Dean) of Highland Park; well-loved grandmother of Evan, Max and Austin Backeris; cherished sister of Barbara Swaja (Richard) of Seabrook Island, SC; also, her devoted King Charles Cavalier Spaniels Jackson, Maggie and Sadie. Jeanne, a member of St. Stephen’s Church, Lay Minister and served on the Board of Samaritan Counseling Center, was kind and loving to others. She also was a member of Trowel and Error Garden Club. For 12 years, Jeanne owned and operated of Cheers Gifts Antiques and Interiors in Sewickley. She was illustrator for Hornes, Kaufmann’s and Marc Advertising. She was a former owner of Artist Garden in the North Hills. Jeanne was a 1967 graduate of West Mifflin North High School where she was active in the yearbook, student council and currently planning their 50th class reunion. Jeanne had attended art class at CMU and obtained her degree from the Art Institute. Her specialty was women’s clothing ads for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Jeanne, creative, an artist and illustrator, felt her grandsons were the light of her life, such a special gift. She was one to say, “I love them – more than they love me”. Visitation Thursday 2-4, 6-9 and Friday from 11 AM -12:30 PM at Copeland’s Sewickley, 702 Beaver St. where prayers will be recited on Friday at 12:45 PM followed by funeral service at 1:30 PM at St. Stephen’s Church, 405 Frederick Ave., Sewickley, PA 15143. Rev. Geoffrey Chapman, celebrant. Burial will be private at Sewickley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to her church or to The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh, Lemieux Family Center, 4325 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224.


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