Jean Leona (Aho) Lindley

Jean Leona (Aho) Lindley

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Jean Leona (Aho) Lindley, age 81, passed away on Feb., 28 at Cape Coral Hospital following a short illness. She was surrounded by family and friends.

Jeannie, as she was known by all of her family and friends, was born and raised in Marquette and graduated from Bishop Baraga High School in 1955.

She soon resided in Escanaba, where she raised her family of four surviving children, daughter, Tina (Pertile) Godin and son-in-law Charles Godin of Antioch, Ill.; daughter, Tamra Pertile of Cape Coral, Fla.; son, Paul Pertile and daughter-in-law Barbara (Busche) Pertile of Edgartown, Mass., and son, Alan Adams of Davie, Fla.

Known to her grandchildren as “Grandma Jeannie,” she is survived by five grandchildren, Eric Godin, of Clinton, Iowa, Nicholas Godin of Antioch, Ill., and Jacob Pertile, Sarah Pertile, and Grant Pertile of Edgartown, Mass. She is also survived by a great-grandchild, Drake Godin of Clinton, Iowa.

Jeannie is survived by many family members still residing in the Marquette area, sister-in-law Alice (Charles) Aho; sister, Shirley and brother-in-law, Louis Taccolini; sister, Mary Lou (Julius) Tiziani, and sister in law Sharon (James) Aho-Farrell. She was a proud and loving “Auntie” to her many nieces and nephews.

Jean L. (Aho) Lindley was preceded in death by her husband, Evans I. Lindley; parents Charles and Leona (Dupras) Aho; a brother, Charles Aho; a sister, Elizabeth (Aho) Balbierz and brother-in-law Gordon Balbierz; a brother-in-law, Julius Tizziani, and twin brother James Aho. Also preceding her in death were her former husbands Ronald J. Pertile and Thomas A. Adams.

Jeannie, lived in Michigan for the majority of her life. While she primarily raised her children in Escanaba, she later moved her family to the Grand Rapids area in 1982 to continue a career with the Bell Telephone Company. She worked as a directory assistance operator for Bell Telephone, (ATT) for thirty plus years and happily retired in 1994. In her retirement Jeannie enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, baking many cookies and traditional Upper Peninsula pasties, and telling “Michigan Stories.” An avid crafter and gardener, she enjoyed decorating her home for every holiday throughout the year, especially Christmas. If there was a gift to be given hers would have the prettiest wrapping and a spectacular hand-made bow. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining and was a warm and welcoming hostess. Jeannie knitted countless hats and scarves, all given away as gifts, many in Green Bay Packer colors on request. For many of her retirement years Jeannie also enjoyed epic summer casino trips throughout Michigan with her two daughters, Tina and Tamra. In 2017, Jeannie celebrated her eightieth birthday with her four children at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Fla. In 2018 she finally moved to Florida to be with family members. She lived in Cape Coral Florida under the loving care of her daughter Tamra.

Per our mother’s request, there will be no memorial service. Internment for her ashes will be at a later date at Holy Cross Cemetery in Marquette. Jeannie’s final request was to be buried near her beloved twin brother James Aho. The family will request a Catholic Mass be said in her memory at a later time. In lieu of flowers or well wishes, instead please spread some kindness and generosity to someone in need.