Jeanette D. Tafelski, 80, of Lancaster, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 18, 2016. She was the wife of the late Terrance A. Tafelski, who passed away in June of 2012. Born in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of the late Zygmunt F. and Lillian A. Skupien Balikowski. Jeanette had been a loving homemaker, active volunteer, and avid traveler. Her kind heart touched many people through her volunteer work with Head Start in Sullivan County, Mom’s House in Lancaster, and St. Anne’s Catholic Church’s Brown Bag Lunch and Community Meals program. She also had been involved with the St. John Neumann Church Bazaar and funeral luncheons. She filled many of her days with her bible study, game day, and Bazaar ladies. Jeanette was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church and a former member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Her husband, 5 children, and 13 grandchildren were her greatest treasure. She cherished being with her family in Lancaster and frequently taking trips to visit family in Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida. She loved to play games and color with her grandchildren, always being there to cheer them on in their athletic, artistic, and academic endeavors. She also enjoyed bowling, playing tennis, and traveling all the 50 states and many of our nation’s finest national parks. Her love of travel and appreciation of natural wonders is something she passed on to her children and grandchildren. Jeanette particularly enjoyed the scenery of the western states, taking extended trips to Palm Springs, California, and Sedona, Arizona. Always enjoying the beach and spending many summers in Cape May, NJ, she had recently returned from a trip to Key West, FL, to celebrate her 80th birthday. She cherished being with her family in Lancaster and the time they spent together in Eagles Mere PA. She also frequently took trips to visit family in Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida. She is survived by her children: Teresa M. Hughes of Lancaster, David M. married to Katherine Tafelski of Loganville, GA, Michael D. married to Terry Tafelski of Lancaster, and Marianne B. married to Craig McKimpson of Williamsport, PA; her 2 brothers, Jerry married to Joanne and James married to Diane, both of Michigan; and her grandchildren, Tasha, Kristen, Sean, Kati, Elizabeth, AJ, Spencer, Skylar, Casey, Cooper, Brady, and Carter. She was preceded in death by a son, Steven, and by a grandson, Blake Allen McKimpson. Friends will be received on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from 6-8PM at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 414 E. King St., Lancaster, PA with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 745PM. Friends may call again at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 601 E. Delp Rd., Lancaster, PA on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 from 10-11AM, with the Mass to follow at 11AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Jeanette’s memory to St. John Neumann Regional Academy c/o Academic Angels 901 Penn St. Williamsport, PA 17701 or St. Anne Catholic Church and School, 929 N Duke Street, Lancaster PA 17602.
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