Howard, Vincenza

Vincenza Geraldina Jean Howard

April 18, 1930 - September 11, 2020

Vincenza Geraldina Jean (Arena) Howard of McKinney, Texas passed away September 11, 2020 at the age of 90.  She was born on April 18, 1930 to Accursio Arena and Catherine (Gelardi) Arena in Brooklyn, New York. Jean worked in the Lindenhurst school district and later was a community facilitator for the town of Babylon, New York for over 20 years. She was very active in volunteer work. Jean married Robert William Howard, Sr. on July 19, 1952 in Queens, New York. She was a member of the St. Jude Catholic Church in Allen, Texas.

Jean is survived by her 2 children, Robert William Howard, Jr. and wife, Geraldine of Glenrock, New Jersey and Cathy Kilpatrick and husband, Micky of Princeton, Texas; grandchildren, Matthew Howard, Stephanie Howard, Jessica Kilpatrick, and Grace Kilpatrick; siblings, Joseph Arena, Ann Smith, Mary Colavolpe, Albert Arena, Rose Quinan, all of New York and Theresa Tingetella of Fairview, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews and other loving relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband and her grandson, Will Kilpatrick.

A “come and go” visitation will be held Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013.  Only a limited number of guests will be allowed to enter the funeral home facility at any one time to maintain social distancing.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 18, 2020 at St. Jude Catholic Church, 1515 North Greenville Avenue, Allen, Texas 75002 and the service will be live streamed by the church at this link: 

A reception will follow at Cowboy Church, 2800 FM3364, Princeton, Texas 75407.

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I want to thank all of Jean's and our friends that went to the services. I appreciate your love and sympathies. Jean was the oldest child in the family and I was #6 of 7. Jean was a social butterfly, She would tell me stories of her childhood and dating. She fell in love with a Southern gentleman who loved and cared for her. Jean and I spent a lot of time together, particularly in the last few months. I will miss her dearly. Theresa & Mike Tinghitella Theresa Tinghitella, September 21, 2020 What a sweetheart. I fell in love with her the first time I met her in my store. She had an incredible common sense personality. Nothing I loved better than listening to Jean. Never afraid to speak her mind.....and everyone in the store would stop to listen to Jean. This lady will be missed by us all. I love you Jean. God bless your family.....they were truly blessed by you. Mike Sammons, September 17, 2020 Jean Howard "adopted" us five kids when we lived in Aurora, CO. We would ride bikes in the neighborhood and go over to her house to talk and drink Snapple ice tea. Once when I turned 14, she took my friend Bri and I to Jamba Juice and then the Barnes and Nobles for my birthday. It was a great memory. She's very much Grandma Jean to my family. She was such as powerful force for good in my life. Even when she and Bob moved and I went to college and eventually started working as an engineer, we kept in touch. Our family would visit whenever we were in Texas and she joined us at bible conventions. She was a wonderful person and I laughed with her a lot. I miss Bob and Jean dearly. To Bob and Jean's family, I am so sorry for your loss. Kelly Holmes-Smith, September 17, 2020 May Jean join her beloved husband, Bob, in the loving arms of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Cathy & George Mangarelli, September 16, 2020 Sbe was always "Jean" to us at our many "serious" but fun-filled HRCC H&F Canasta games, where I will miss her the most. Memories of her happy/purposeful life live on. Gid be with Jean & us until we meet again. Martha Irish (HR-Fairview,Tx) Martha Irish, September 16, 2020 Aunt Jean packed more personality per square inch than any other person I've ever known. I enjoyed visiting with her and hearing about the love she had for her grandchildren and family in general. She shared stories about growing up and they were so interesting. I will miss her greatly. I am having surgery on the 16th so I won't be able to attend her services, but she and the family are present on my mind. Dawn Brucher, September 15, 2020 Cathy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your during this difficult time of grief. May God comfort you and may you feel his presence and nearness. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. Love, Kristin Stansky Kristin Stansky, September 14, 2020 A lovely woman who lived a full life. So happy to be her granddaughter. Grace Kilpatrick, September 14, 2020 Blessings & Comfort to ALL the FAMILY Big Al Stephens, September 14, 2020 Cathy, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I hope she is at peace and back with your father. I know they were inseparable. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and the rest of your family. Eric Hoyle, September 14, 2020 Judy and I so sorry for your loss our prayers are with you and your family. Jean was a loving and caring person and will be greatly missed. Her smile could light up room. God bless Tom & Judy Andrews Tom and Judy Andrews, September 12, 2020 You were a faithful person in our neighborhood and always stood for principal and the Truth You will be missed and always with Love in our hearts 
Vicky and Monica Giorgetti , September 12, 2020 Our love and sympathy goes out to you during this time of loss. I know that Jean is with Bob smiling down on all of her beautiful family. She was a lovely woman both inside and out, a devout Catholic, loving mother and wife. She lived 90 years strong. Susan Gay Peterson, September 12, 2020 We love you mom! We were all blessed by your courage, strength and vision for your family. You were a true pioneer that set the bar high! Thank you for all that you have done., September 12, 2020