Jeanette Lehmann

April 10, 1939 - May 20, 2016
Grand Rapids, MI



Monday, May 23, 2016
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
Chapel of Covenant Village of Great Lakes
2510 Lake Michigan Dr. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504


Monday, May 23, 2016
11:00 AM EDT
Chapel of Covenant Village of Great Lakes
2510 Lake Michigan Dr. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Benevolent Fund of Covenant Village of Great Lakes
2510 Lake Michigan Dr. N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Parkinson's Association of West Michigan
260 Jefferson Suite 210
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


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Ball Park Floral
8 Valley Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 459-3409
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Life Story / Obituary


With faith as her guide, Jeanette Lehmann lived with her Lord by her side surrounded by those she loved. She was always willing to lend a helping hand, and outgoing in nature, she enjoyed the friendships of many. Jeanette found beauty in her gardens and her love for flowers always brought her joy. It was a pleasure to share her company, and with ways all her own, Jeanette will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.

By 1939, Americans were beginning to hope again as the U.S. began to slowly emerge from the Great Depression. “God Bless America” was introduced, and moviegoers enjoyed the premieres of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and “Gone with the Wind.” Yet nestled in the beachfront city of Grand Haven, Michigan, nothing made Lawrence and Lucy (Hollister) Reaume happier than the April 10, 1939, birth of their little girl, Jeanette Lillian. The youngest in her family, Jeanette joined her two older brothers, Albert who was nine, and Larry who was seven at the time, and they grew up protective of their little sister.

Although World War II was news of the day during Jeanette’s youth, she enjoyed a childhood typical of her generation. Always an outgoing young girl, she enjoyed numerous friendships and attended Central Elementary School in Grand Haven. As a child she loved reading, often walking to the library and reading an entire book on the way home. Even though most kids were only allowed to check-out one book at a time, the library always let Jeanette take four. From her earliest years, faith played an integral role in Jeanette’s upbringing. She faithfully attended Sunday school, and she took swim lessons, too.

In high school, Jeanette was friends with Robert Lehmann with whom she often ate lunch with. They never dated, but that wasn’t due to Robert’s lack of effort. He asked Jeanette out, yet her answer was always, no. Jeanette went on to graduate from Grand Haven High School with the Class of 1957. For the next two years she furthered her education at Muskegon Business College in secretarial studies. She received her BA in accounting from Grand Valley State College, and soon landed a position in her field.

Jeanette spent her time working and enjoying times with friends and family. She faithfully attended Trinity Reformed Church in Grand Haven where she continued to make her home. Time at the beach and enjoying all the area had to offer was a welcome deviation for Jeanette, however, her life was changed forever when she became reacquainted with Robert Lehmann at their 25th high school reunion. They began getting together to coffee, and before long they started seeing each other socially. What was not meant to be in their earlier years came to fruition on June 12, 1982 when they shared vows of marriage before a congregation of family and close friends at Trinity Reformed Church. No time for a big honeymoon, they spent the night in nearby Grand Rapids before beginning their new life together as husband and wife.

Robert had three wonderful daughters, Paula, Yvette, and Colleen that Jeanette loved as her own. The new family made their home in Muskegon’s area of Norton Shores where Robert worked as an office manager and Jeanette as an accountant. Jeanette’s faith continued to be her guiding force. She served as a deaconess as a member of Forest Park Covenant Church, as well as a Sunday school teacher. She liked to cook, and her famous, delicious pork chops were always a family favorite. Due to Jeanette and Robert’s work schedule, not many vacations were taken as a family but they did enjoy memorable camping trips to Cedar Pointe.

During the months of summer, Jeanette filled her home with fresh flowers from her gardens. She so enjoyed gardening, which included flowers and vegetables. Every year for Jeanette’s birthday, Robert lovingly gave her a red tulip signifying his abiding love. In her free time, she loved knitting, especially in peach, her favorite color. Through the years she made beautiful blankets for church and those she loved, many of which are now a treasure. Jeanette liked and appreciated all types of music, most often the music of her youth.

In the early 2000s when they retired, Jeanette and Robert sold their home in Norton Shores and moved to Covenant Village of Great Lakes in Grand Rapids. One of the first couples to make their home there, Jeanette was a welcome to the new tenants. Typical of her lovely nature and grace, she was always offering help when needed. At Covenant, she began a garden club, and over the years she remained quite social as a very active member of the community there.

A devoted and dedicated woman, Jeanette held fast to her faith. Her life was enriched in countless ways, and her giving heart was boundless. Jeanette delighted in the love of family and friends, and she found joy in her many interests. Gone but never to be forgotten, Jeanette will be dearly missed and forever remembered in the hearts of all who came to know and love her.

Jeanette L. Lehmann, aged 77, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2016, at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes. She was preceded in death by her brother, Albert Reaume. Jeanette is survived by her husband of nearly 34 years, Robert; step-daughters, Paula (William) Beck, Yvette (Sean) Fifield, and Colleen (John) Jazdzyk; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Larry (Mary) Reaume; many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service for Jeanette will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, May 23, 2016, in the Chapel of Covenant Village of Great Lakes, 2510 Lake Michigan Dr. NW where her family will receive visitors from 10:00 AM until the time of her service. Contributions in Jeanette’s memory may be made to the Benevolent Fund of Covenant Village or to the Parkinson’s Association of West Michigan. Please visit www.lifestorynet.com to share a favorite memory or photo of Jeanette and to sign her online guestbook. Heritage Life Story Funeral Home-Alt & Shawmut Hills Chapel.