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Jean Marie Naasz

May 15, 1928 ~ October 22, 2018 (age 90)

Jean Marie (Kirkpatrick) Naasz passed away on October 22, 2018 at the age of 90 in Menifee, California. She was born May 15, 1928 in Vida, MT and was living in Wolf Point, MT when she met Edmund (Bill) Naasz.  She married him on June 3, 1946.  They were the love of each other’s lives and celebrated 70 years of marriage.  They lived in the Bitterroot Valley, Conrad, and Missoula while in Montana.

The family then moved to Elkhart, Indiana because of a job opportunity for Edmund.  Later, another employment opportunity brought them to Hemet California.  After retirement Jean and Edmund moved to Newberry Springs, CA where they enjoyed the mountains, sunsets, and wide open spaces.  One of Jean’s passions was home designing. She designed and built 3 homes with Edmund, the final one being in Newberry Springs.

While in Hemet, Jean worked for the Post Office at a time when it was unusual for a woman to enter management. She was a champion of women’s rights and was determined and successful at securing a supervisory position.  Throughout her life she was a voracious reader and when growing up in Montana read every book in the school library. She loved poetry and wrote many poems of her own.

When she saw a need, she was always empathetic and charitable. When her children had friends that needed help, she opened her home, and for many years took in foster children.

She was preceded in death by her husband Edmund Naasz and three brothers; Jack, Bob and Jim Kirkpatrick.  She is survived by her three sons:  Roy Edmund Naasz of San Bernardino CA, Lynn Lee Naasz (wife Susie) of Los Lunas NM, and Stacy Arlen Naasz (wife Marcia) of Winchester CA.  She is also survived by two sisters; Dorothy Stovall and Rose Pettis; one brother; William Kirkpatrick; nine grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.

She was a supportive, loving mother and will be missed.

A graveside service is planned for November 21, 2018 at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California, where Jean will be interred next to her husband.

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