Jean Fresher

Obituary of Jean C. Fresher

Jean C. Fresher, 84, of Manchester, the wife of the late Donald C. Fresher, died Saturday July 13, 2019 at The Arbors, Manchester.  Born in Hartford, she had lived in Manchester after retiring from the East Hartford School System after a career of service.  She considered East Hartford her hometown where she graduated from East Hartford High School (Class of 1953) and was very involved with community groups and political activities.  A prolific cook, hers was the table at which every holiday and special occasion was celebrated.  As the world-wide travelogue of her life with close friends attests, she had a keen taste for life and all its joys.

She is survived by her children Clark Fresher and his wife Lydia of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, Donna French and her husband Timothy of Broad Brook, and Michael Fresher and his wife Tiffany of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX.  She was "Mimi" to her grandchildren Natalie Fresher and Lindsay Fresher of Manchester, Chelsea Stevens and her husband Cole of Liberty Hill, TX, and Ashley Maytum and her husband Matthew of Boerne, TX and Joshua Bockerstette, Benjamin Bockerstette and Lillian Bockerstette of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX; and her great-grandchildren Heidi, Campbell, Harrison, and Grayson as well as the loving neighborhood Mimi to the entire Birch Mountain community of children.  She is also survived by her sister Gail Johnson of Richmond, VA; her brother-in-law Robert Fresher of Colchester; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. 

The family wishes to express its deep appreciation for the dedicated army of caregivers and nurses that tended to Jean over the past few years.  More than a caregiver, but as her best friend and constant companion, the family thanks Soraida Lopez for her devotion and patience in bringing joy and laughter to Jean's life every day.

Funeral service will be held on Friday July, 26th at 10:15 from the John F. Tierney Funeral Home 219 West Center St. Manchester, with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Church, Manchester.  Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 4-7 p.m.  For online condolences please visit


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Calling Hours

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, July 25, 2019
John F. Tierney Funeral Home
219 West Center Street
Manchester, Connecticut, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am
Friday, July 26, 2019
St. James Church
896 Main Street
Manchester, Connecticut, United States
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