Jean Kutnerian Sniffin of Bronx, New York, was 88 years old, born on July 15, 1934 in Manhattan to George and Dicranouhi “Dicky” Kutnerian, Armenian immigrants from Turkey.
Jean lived in Washington Heights until the age of 13 when the family moved to the Bronx where they became members of Askov Hall beach club. She remained a member and treasured the friendships she made there for the rest of her life.
Jean attended Christopher Columbus high school, graduated from Hunter College and later earned her Masters in education. She taught elementary school at P.S. 14, in the Bronx, for 30 years. A career she loved.
At 21 years of age, she joined her husband stationed in Germany, where her first child, Michael Sniffin, was born. It wasn’t easy living. Cooking was done on a wood-burning stove, and the house was so cold the windows iced and standing water froze. Within a year and a half, the family returned to the Bronx.
She is survived by her daughter, Erica Sniffin Cetin. Never one to miss out, Jean went to see the Music Man on Broadway with her overnight bag under her seat. Just in case.
Jean was truly a special person. People were paramount to her. She loved people and they loved her back. She became a friend to everyone she met. You didn’t stay an acquaintance for long. She made it a point to put a smile on your face - friends and strangers alike. She was generous in every way, there when you needed her and always doing for others.
Jean always looked at the positive. Everything was “fabulous” or “wonderful”, as in “The funeral was wonderful. Everyone was there”. She lived her life to the fullest and was always on the go.
Jean was a true New Yorker. There was no place she’d rather be than New York City. She also loved a good bar, a restaurant with white tablecloths, grabbing a bite to eat and lunching with the ladies, debating politics (watch out!), the Manor Club and her “vodka shaken, in a martini glass, with a lemon peel, and a glass of ice on the side”.
Jean will be missed by many.
“Ain’t life grand!”
A celebration of Jeanette’s life will take place at the Pelham Funeral Home located at 64 Lincoln Ave., Pelham, NY on Saturday, April 15, 2023 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Interment will take place at Ferncliff Cemetery prior to the memorial service. The procession will begin at 12:00 p.m. from the Ferncliff Mausoleum. For more information please visit www.Pelhamfuneral.com
The Live stream of Jeanette's Life Celebration can be found by clicking HERE.