JESKE FAMILY TREE
Denise Jeske’s Obituary by Susan Jeske
Denise Jeske, age 91, passed away peacefully on December 5, 2017.
Denise was born May 30, 1926 in Fort Saskatchewan, Canada, she was the daughter of Pierre Amede’e (Eh me dee) Moret (More aye) and Marie Bibiane (Beh bee anne) Moret.
In between these two dates was a life lived to the fullest.
Denise grew up in Fort Saskatchewan, Canada with her parents, older brother Louis and sister Dorene. Her father was the Mayor of the town for over 10 years and served as the Fire Chief and Alderman. Her family owned the Fort Hardware Store, John Deere Dealership and a Tin Smith Shop where Denise and her brother worked and her mother was the book keeper. Weekends her family volunteered at the mission where Franciscan Priests would come to town and give Mass. The family would organize the Rectory, Louis would play the organ and Denise was the Choir Leader and sacristan for the Franciscan Fathers.
While attending the University of Alberta in Canada, studying Education, Denise was crowned ESS Queen (Engineer Students’ Society Queen) on November 9, 1946 at the ninth annual Engineers Ball with over 500 people in attendance. Her fame of beauty and charm spread far and wide. She even became a pin-up glamour girl for the British Army in Egypt.
A WOMAN BEFORE HER TIME
Denise held many different jobs in a time when most women stayed at home.
In 1953, Denise and her family traveled to Europe for a 4-month vacation. They traveled to Europe onboard the RMS Queen Mary along with their car. It was on this ship that she met the love of her life, Charles H. Jeske, a decorated American World War ll Veteran from Chicago, Illinois. Charles had just converted to Catholicism and was on a solo pilgrimage to visit Lourdes in France. It was love at first sight and 3-days later he asked her to marry him. At first, she turned him down saying, “You Americans are all alike” and to prove his love, he followed her around Europe: France, Switzerland, back to France, Italy, Dover, London, Liverpool, St. Laurence, Quebec City, and Chicago.
While traveling in Europe, the Moret family was given a private audience with Pope Pius Xll, on June 2, 1953, because of the work they did for the Franciscan Fathers in Fort Saskatchewan, Canada. They went onto visit relatives in Switzerland where her father, Pierre, was born.
The next year Denise and Charles were married on June 26, 1954 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at St. Joachlim’s Church and the reception was held at The Glengarry Club. They honeymooned in Banff, Alberta, Canada en-route to Chicago, Illinois, USA where they would live for two years before moving to Colorado. They moved to Colorado so that her husband could take a job with Univac Computing as a Systems Analyst and he worked on the first commercial computer which is on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.
Together they had 5 children: Mark, Cathy, Tim, Mike and Susan whom they raised and devoted the rest of their lives to. She was a proud grandmother to 5 grandchildren Megan, Dustin, Bradley, Andrew, Melissa and Anna. She loved and supported each and all their passions. She and her husband attended virtually every game, production, pageant, play, musical, ceremony and family event.
An amazing cook, Denise was known for her festive Thanksgiving Dinners and Christmas Eve Lasagna. Some of her own famous recipe dishes were Meatloaf, Date Cake, Pumpkin Chiffon Pie, Raw Apple Cake with Philadelphia Cream Cheese Frosting, Zucchini Bread, Oatmeal Cookies, Walnut Slice, Fudge Cake, Sheppard’s Pie, Crab Apple Jelly from our trees, and her annual Christmas Banana Bread to give as presents to neighbors and friends.
She was actively engaged with the Catholic Church and her community. She believed in service to others which included fundraising for St. Mary’s Parish, cleaning the church every week, and was a member of the Booster Club. She was also a fundraiser for various athletics that her sons were involved with.
One of her favorite hobbies was arts and crafts. She loved making ceramics and was an expert with gold spray paint. She was best known for her large Coulter pine cone Christmas decorations which she made for her home and sold at various stores.
Denise was a kind, creative, funny, witty, giving, prayerful, loving woman that touched everyone she met. She was loved deeply by her family who consider her to be a role model and inspiration. We will miss her greatly.
OTHER NOTEABLE FACTS
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois
Place of Death: Littleton, Colorado Home ~ Surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral Mass: November 30, 2000 ~ Officiating: Cousin Reverend Monsignor Paul Moret
Laid To Rest: Ft. Logan National Cemetery~ Denver, Colorado
Military Service: U.S. Air Force, 1st Lieutenant 1943-1945
Bombardier Navigator, Instructor * 860th Army Airforce * 0723.800
29 Missions over Germany ~ European Theater ~ 493 Bomb Group
CLICK HERE: Mission Report 1944-45
* Battles: Rhioeland GO 33 WD 45 Ardennes GO 33 WD 45
* Medals: EAME Theater Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross GO 176 3AD, Air Medal w/3 OLC Officer's Certification.
Education: University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois ~ B.S. Business Administration/Accounting Minor 1949
Profession: Systems Analysis & worked on the first computer which is now in the Smithsonian Museum.
Favorite Food: Moms Cooking
Favorite Sports Team: Denver Broncos
Greatest Achievement: Raising 5 well adjusted successful kids.
Favortie Song: "Strangers In The Night" & "Some Enchanted Evening."
Favorite Singers: Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, his daughter Susan & grand daughter Megan Jeske.
Favorite Dancer: Cyd Charisse & Fred Astaire.
Favorite Band: Herb Albert & the Tijuana Brass.
Favorite Car: Cadillac
Favorite Trip: Meeting Mom & falling in love at sea on the ship Queen Mary. Very romantic!
Favorite Movies: Tora-Tora-Tora, High Noon ~ Musicals: The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, South Pacific, Show Boat, The Kind and I & White Christmas.
Favorite Activities: Attending all of his kids activities & cheering us on no matter what we were doing. Basketball Games, Baseball Games, Cheerleading, Plays, Musicals, Pageants, etc.
Favorite Past Time: Loved dancing with Mom. Holding hands & spending all his time with Mom, his kids & grand kids.
Favorite Saying: Dad always said he loved us all equally & very proud of us. Everyone is special & unique in their own way.
Church Going & God Fearing Christian Man
"Man Of His Word" * Character * Integrity * Generous * Fair * Patriotic
A Man Of Purpose * Fantastic provider for his family
Fun To Be With * Can ham-it-up with a dry sense of humor
May 4, 2011
By Cathy Jeske
Today is Dad's birthday and I would like to acknowledge him as I thought about him throughout the day. He would have been 89 years old today. We are lucky to have our Mother still with us and in good health and I know as you do we miss Dad alot.
I'm sure he would be very proud of all of us and our accomplishments and what we have done with our lives and proud of how we have worked hard in our respective jobs and what we have in our lives as far as family and home life.
Dad was a conservative person and a Father who vied for his children and what he could inspire them to be for the today world to be successful and accomplished.
Certainly, he was able to accomplish his hope for us. He said to me all the time that he wanted us to be happy and we are lucky to be happy and healthy, which I believe is intertwined.
Our parents wanted our love and family unity to continue thorough our adulthood, which we are blessed that it has. We are a strong family and we have conveyed that to our children also.
I miss all of you and will always be one of the "Jeske" family, one of the best there is.
This really was the Jeske Christmas for many years with great memories!
"Twas the night before Christmas" By Cathy Jeske
... and all through the house was the beautifully lit Christmas tree in the Jeske living room with special ornaments that were collected, all through the years. Garlands, poinsetta's, figurines, Aunty Irene's Christmas Ball light and mom's nativity scene. With the 1965 "Great Songs of Christmas" and Tijuana Brass playing on the stereo, - all the Jeske's gathered children, husbands and spouse.
The family was present at 5:00 pm sharp, some last minute finishing wrapping presents in upstairs bedrooms that were placed unter the tree. Mother made lasagna dinner, pumpkin chiffon, sour cream apple pie and spritz cookies made by Susan, a Jeske tradition for years to come.
The presents were sorted by name, opened in order of age and shared with all the gratefulness and fun, finished with deserts and after a Catholic tradition of going to Christmas Eve Mass.
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