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Obituary: Jeanette Clow Clemenco

Jeanette Clow Clemenco: January 1, 1919 - August 24, 2012. A resident of San Jose, CA, Jeanette Clow Clemenco, nee Jeanette Bell Clow, beloved wife of Edward Malcolm Clemenco, loving mother of Edward Clow and Kent Clow Clemenco, died peacefully of natural causes, on August 24, 2012 at San Jose. She was was 93 years of age. Born January 1, 1919, at Coshocton, Ohio, to Guy Paul and Clara Bell Clow, Jeanette was the eldest of four children, and was pre-deceased by her three brothers, Samuel Culbertson Clow, James Hamilton Clow and William Bell Clow. Jeanette was valedictorian of her high school graduating class, and received her undergraduate degree from Stetson University, Deland, Florida, later completing a degree in business administration at Simmons College, at Boston. Her first job was secretary to the president of Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she met and planned visits for Eleanor Roosevelt, Pearl Buck and Betrand Russell. After Antioch College, Jeanette moved to New York City where she was secretary to the president of the National Anilyne Division of Allied Chemical and Dye Company, where she remained for several years, enjoying cosmopolitan life in 1940s- era New York. After returning briefly to assist her mother at the untimely death of her father, Jeanette ventured out to San Francisco at the invitation of friends, and shortly after her arrival, went to work for the Zellerbach Paper Company as secretary to the Senior Vice President. At the center of a glamorous profession milieu, she became a true S.F. gal, and before long, met her future husband, Ed, whose experience in the health care field resulted in his appointment as a director of Blue Cross of California. They were happily married for 57 years. Ever positive, and ever courageous, Jeanette faced and triumphed over several serial illnesses, and was a continual inspiration to all who knew and loved her. As a devoted and loving mother of two boys, Jeanette found time to remain very active in her community. A life-long Presbyterian, and a member of Stone Church of Willow Glen for more than 50 years, Jeanette was President of the Women's Association and served a three-year term as Deacon. For 13 years, she was an active member of The San Jose Day Nursery, holding many offices and serving as President in 1983. She spent more than 25 years as an active member of the San Jose Auxiliary of the Lucille Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. Jeanette was a life member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, and remained in close contact with many friends throughout her long life. In later years, Jeanette pursued extensive genealogical research, tracing the significant history of both sides of her family, to the early days of the American Revolution at Philadelphia, New York and Pittsburgh, where her Scottish ancestor, Captain James Fitz-James Clow, was the first City Clerk and reported friend of George Washington. On her mother's side, five brothers died in the Battle of Oriskany, in 1777. In addition to her husband, Jeanette is survived by her two sons, and their respective wives, Cheryl Meeker and Karen Snyder, two grand-daughters, Sage Alia and Amelia Clemenco, sister-in-law, Jeannine Clow, nieces Nancy, Virginia, and Laura Clow, and nephews Billy and Guy Paul Clow. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 17, at 11:00 A.M. at Stone Church of Willow Glen