Jeanette Arsenault Winant
Jeanette Arsenault Winant, 90, went to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on October 28, 2020 at CMH surrounded by the love of her family. Born in Jamaica, Queens, NY on 8/23/1930, she was the daughter of Simon and Mary (Roach) Arsenault. Her 3 brothers: George, Alfred and David Arsenault pre-deceased her, as did her parents and son Clint Timothy.
Jeanette, affectionately known as “Nana” to her numerous relatives and extended family, epitomized the words “motherly love”. She bragged about her children and grandchildren’s accomplishments (to our embarrassment). She was the life of every party and family milestone. She always let everyone know with her amazing smile that was “havin’ a ball!”
Her passtimes were knitting, crocheting, ringing bell at ball games, never missed a concert, play, dance & piano recital, swim meets and graduations. She was a voracious reader, loved crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and playing mah jongg on her computer. She discovered in her late 60’s that she had artistic talent, she painted over 100 paintings in one year.
She had 10 wonderful years at Ghent Assisted Living (formerly Whittier) where she participated in plays, shows, sing alongs, various arts & crafts activities, and let her opinions be known at monthly residence council meetings. They did not fulfill her request for a swimming pool! She had strong opinions especially when it came to politics. Her Bible study group was a major influence on her faith journey. She loved holding babies and was happiest when surrounded by her family, especially at Thanksgiving. Throughout her life she was a hospice volunteer (2009 volunteer of the year) a member of Red Hat Society, Hadassah, NAACP, and was founding member of “Bridging the Gap” which united various religious affiliations.
She is survived by 6 children: Teri (Jay) Cozza of Hudson, Amy (Steve) Goldberg of Rowayton, CT, Brian Winant of Hudson, Kathy (Clayton) Clark of Hudson, John (Miggie) Winant of West Islip, NY and Beth (Jim) Davis of Ausable Forks, NY. 11 grandchildren, Jill (Morgan) Turner, Tate Cozza, Jordan (Jessica) Cozza, Alyssa (Dave) Goldberg, Aaron (Stephanie) Goldberg, Kristen (Ryan) Bielefeldt, Michael (Lynn) Clark, John and Julia Winant, Amie (Trevor) Devlin and JD (Amy) Davis. 12 great grandchildren: Pearl, Enzo, Ryan, David, Natalie, Mikey, Maddy, Charlotte, Eloise, Hayden, James, Aubrey, and was happily awaiting the arrival of great grandson Goldberg -13.
Jeanette is also survived by many nieces and nephews and her dear friend Mary Lou Groll. When Mom was given the chance to “sit it out or dance”, she always chose to dance! We are all comforted knowing she’s dancing happily before God’s throne with Timmy and the angels. She always said: “God said it. I believe it. That settles it!” Amen, Mom.
Due to Covid restrictions services will be private. A big celebration of Jeanette’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing to make a donation in memory of Jeanette please consider Ghent Assisted Living Activities Dept., 30 Whittier Way, Ghent, N.Y. 12075 or Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY. 12414.