Jean Spithaler

Jean Spithaler

Jean was a Swedesboro gal through and through. She knew everybody from today as well as back in the old days and could tell you who had lived in every house. Jean kept a watchful eye on the town from her porches over the years and knew all the gossip. She was the neighborhood mom who had babysat or raised half of the area. She’d worked just about everywhere: the school cafeteria, as a crossing guard, as a beautician, and for the dress factory. Her hands were always in motion, either acting as seamstress and tailor for her family or producing a bevy of crafts. She was a wiz in the kitchen: she made a mean broccoli salad, tater tot and hamburger casserole, cinnamon buns, pound cake and lasagna. She was an Irish girl who could cook Italian with the best of them. The secret may have been the basil and rosemary that came from her garden; she’d take her cane and chair over to her garden to make sure they were growing to her liking. And she was probably at her best during the holidays; she cooked the whole meal with all the dressings regardless of how many people were coming. If her T.V was on she’d be checking out a little Rachel Ray, watching game shows or getting some more ideas for her home on HGTV. Jean was a 1969 graduate of Kingsway; the first class that had gone all the way through the school.
She’d meet a handsome guy named Steve and share a 51-year marriage blessed by children, Kelli Gandy (Alan), and Stephen Jr (Lori); and later by grandchildren Kaitlyn, Zachary, Tyler, Jason and Alexandra. She was the sister of the late Patricia Spithaler (Marty), David Kelly, Jeff Kelly (Peggi), the late Howard Kelly, Robin Gardiner (Bob), and the late Mark (Alivia Strawn).
Come celebrate 71 great years Sunday 2-4 p.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro where there will be a 4 p.m. service. In lieu of flowers donations to National Multiple Sclerosis Society ( will be appreciated.


  1. Stephen Spithaler says:

    My love for 51 years you will be missed .

  2. Don Doak says:

    Thoughts and prayers for to the Spithaler family. Rest In Peace Mrs. Spithaler🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  3. Joan Adams says:

    Jean will be missed. A wonderful neighbor and community member. My thoughts are with her family

  4. Kathleen McCann says:

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. My deepest sympathy.

  5. philomena Putnam Bunny says:

    Jean (Tootie) is a Wonderful Person. She will be Missed by many who knew Her. She had a Heart of Gold, and She sure did Love Her Husband Deeply. she was so Proud of Her Son she bragged About Him, I understand why. She was a true Wife, Mother and Grandmother, Friend. Rest in Peace as You are already watching over your Loved Ones on Earth, that is just the way You were when you were on Earth. Gone but I am sure will never be forgotten.

  6. JoAnn Powell says:

    Thinking of you at this very difficult time~May God wrap his arms around you and show you the way~I knew Jean for over 45 years~both her and Pat gave me my baby shower~for my daughter Devon~when I saw this my heart broke, not only in the loss of Jean, but the loss of my long time friend Pat~through good times and bad~we always laughed and smiled…..we had good times Pat, and I am truly sorry for such a terrible loss~Love, Hugs, and Prayers for all the Spithalers united with their wonderful Mom, whom I loved dearly~
    With all our love,
    David & JoAnn Powell

  7. Elaine Matteo says:

    Steve & family. so very sorry for Jean’s passing. Hope it comforts you & your family to know Jean was someone e ery one knew and we are praying for her & you.

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