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Jeanette Fleming

Jun 03 1953 - Jun 13 2008

On June 13th, Jeanette Fleming passed into her eternal life after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born June 3, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois to Angelo Leone and Loretta Cecconi Kolpek. She graduated from West Branch Iowa High School in 1972. Jeanette entered the US Army in 1974 and continued to serve her country in the Army and Army Reserve until 1991. In 1978 she moved to Plano and joined a local reserve unit where she met her husband and lifelong best friend, Peter Fleming. They were married on August 2, 1980 in Denton, Texas and became the proud parents of four children; Robert, Jennifer, Lauren and Kristina. Jeanette had a successful career in technical training and sales support with Southland Corporation, Xerox and Northern Telecom. She had a thirst for education, and despite juggling a technical career, military career and raising a family was able to earn her bachelors degree in Business Administration in 1988. In 2001, she decided to pursue her lifelong passion to become a Christian Therapist. She earned her Masters of Arts in 2004 and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2006. During her short time in practice she helped a large number of clients achieve happy and healthy lives, but more importantly was instrumental in bringing numerous individuals to the Lord. Jeanette had a deep and enduring love for children and young adults, opening up her heart and on many occasions her home for others in need. Known as “Mama Jo” to family and friends, her home was the gathering place for all of her children’s friends. In the midst of cooking lessons, quilting sessions and untold home-cooked group dinners, she meted out large measures of wisdom and advice on the importance of God, family and country. She often stated that her greatest satisfaction was being able to leave an imprint on the lives of so many young kids as they prepared themselves for the future. In addition to her husband and children, Jeanette is survived by her mother Loretta; her sister Diane; her brothers Chris and Mark, and Pete’s eight brothers and sisters who adopted Jeanette as one of their own. A Rosary will be prayed at 5PM Thursday at the Turrentine Jackson Morrow chapel, followed by visitation from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St Judes Catholic Church in Allen at 10AM on Saturday. Jeanette’s Memorial Service will be held on Saturday at 4PM at First Baptist Church of Celina. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be sent to the Jeanette Fleming Memorial Fund, 10236 CR 209, Celina Texas 75009. Donations will be used for the purchase of comfort items for cancer patients at the Arlington Cancer Center.
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