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Jean M Hemingway
  • May 17, 1951
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  • April 23, 2017

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Jean Monica Hemingway, M.D., age 65, died Sunday, April 23 at her home in Geneva, Florida after a long battle with multiple myeloma. 

 

Jean is survived by her two children: Joseph Hemingway and Soraya Hanzus. She also leaves behind her beloved grandchild, Connor Hanzus, and both her dog and two cats. Additionally, Jean is survived by her mother Claire O’Connor. 

 

Jean was an accomplished woman – serving as valedictorian of her graduating high school class before attending nursing school in New York City. She went on to join the U.S. military and served as a Lieutenant in the Navy. She couldn’t have been prouder to faithfully serve her country. 

 

Jean’s biggest academic accomplishment though was deciding to go back to school years later – and become a doctor. In 1999, she was by far the oldest in her graduating class – at a whopping age of 48 – at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.  

 

Jean took it upon herself as a psychiatrist to help those who needed help the most – working to treat the severely mentally ill at the Cleveland Clinic, Heartland Behavioral Healthcare, Orlando VA Medical Center, Health Central, Orlando Regional Medical Center as well South Seminole Hospital. She was particularly known for her wonderful bedside manner learned from years practicing as an RN. On top of all that, she tirelessly moonlighted overnight and on weekends at various mental health facilities and also enjoyed her tenure as an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida. 

 

A viewing held at Baldwin Brothers Apopka (2036 Sprint Blvd. Apopka, FL 32703) will take place on Monday, May 1 at both 2-4 and 7-9PM. Another viewing will take place on Tuesday, May 2 at 10-11AM at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church (869 Maitland Ave. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701) and will be immediately followed by a funeral mass at 11AM. The burial will take place later on that day at 2PM at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell (6502 SW 102nd Ave Bushnell, FL 33513). 

 

Donations can be made in Jean’s honor to either the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation or the ASPCA. 



Service

Location:
St. Mary Magdalene

Date & Time:
May 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM


Cemetery:
Florida National Cemetery



Visitation

Times:
May 1, 2017



Location:
Baldwin Brothers Apopka


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  1. 04 May 2017
    Soraya Hanzus posted an image:
    My mom will be forever missed but never forgotten. She was always there for me - never having missed a dance recital or competition, cheering me on at track meets and tennis matches, and always being there to offer up advice with whatever I needed along the way. <br />
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Remembering my mom and all the good she did makes me even sadder to know that she is no longer with us. That said, I strongly feel her presence with me and believe that she will still get to watch our son - her grandson Connor - grow up. <br />
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Miss you Mom!
    My mom will be forever missed but never forgotten. She was always there for me - never having missed a dance recital or competition, cheering me on at track meets and tennis matches, and always being there to offer up advice with whatever I needed along the way.

    Remembering my mom and all the good she did makes me even sadder to know that she is no longer with us. That said, I strongly feel her presence with me and believe that she will still get to watch our son - her grandson Connor - grow up.

    Miss you Mom!

  2. 02 May 2017
    Lynn Thorne says:
    His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Matthew 25:23

  3. 29 Apr 2017
    Laura Dunavent says:
    You were inspirational and one of the most caring of practitioners that I ever had the pleasure to assist. The world of psychiatry and the downtrodden say goodbye to a true patriot and advocate. I, along with many others, will miss your dedication and presence in this life. You have earned many crowns . God blessed us and now he will bless you. Goodbye my friend.

    Prayers are sent to your family in this moment of grief and loss.

  4. 29 Apr 2017
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  6. 27 Apr 2017
    Atef Eltomey says:
    Dear Jean,
    Thank you for being a loving and caring mother ...
    Thank you for sharing, laughter, hopes, and dreams ...
    Thank you for the happy times ...
    Thank you for confiding in each other...
    Thank you for being a good friend ...
    Thank you for just being you ...
    Farewell and Rest In Peace.
    Atef Eltomey

  7. 27 Apr 2017
    Soraya Hanzus posted an image:
    Our family loved going to Disney together, and our mom did such an amazing job of making each and every trip there so very special.
    Our family loved going to Disney together, and our mom did such an amazing job of making each and every trip there so very special.

  8. 27 Apr 2017
    Claire O'Connor says:
    I was so proud of my daughters Jean and Margaret and now they are with the Blessed Mother.

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  15. 27 Apr 2017
    Myra J. Brazell says:
    Jean was a dear friend and colleague at the Orlando VAMC. As a fellow cancer patient, we had many conversations and laughs regarding wigs, hair regrowth, and so many other things. Her wit and compassion for others will be one of my fondest memories and I am grateful for the privilege to have known her. RIP, Fair Winds and Following Seas, my precious friend.

  16. 27 Apr 2017
    Chris Hanzus says:
    Jean was a strong and accomplished woman, loving mother, and caring friend. She would always go the extra mile to help others in both her personal and professional life. She also knew how to make people smile and laugh by bringing a little humor to any situation. I am truly honored to have met Jean and to have called her my mother-in-law. She will be dearly missed.

  17. 26 Apr 2017
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  21. 26 Apr 2017
    Soraya Hanzus posted an image:
    Missing My Mom Very Much Right Now
    Missing My Mom Very Much Right Now

  22. 26 Apr 2017
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    Memorable Family Vacation in Ireland
    Memorable Family Vacation in Ireland

  23. 26 Apr 2017
    Soraya Hanzus posted an image:
    Memorable Family Trip to Ireland in 2006
    Memorable Family Trip to Ireland in 2006

  24. 26 Apr 2017
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