Sylvia Jeanette Bateman Mooney (known as Jeanette) of Hingham, Mass. (recently of Winchester), was born on August 19, 1932, at her family’s home in Draper, N.C. (now known as Eden).
She was the daughter of John and Bertha Bateman. A bright child who loved school, Jeanette read voraciously, skipped a grade, sewed most of her own clothing, and put herself through college at East Carolina Teachers’ College (now East Carolina U.), where she studied science and home economics.
Jeanette became a teacher in Wilmington, N.C. That’s where she met her husband, Dan Mooney, who was training as a Marine. They actually met at an afternoon tea dance -- apparently that was a thing back then! They married on a military base in California before Dan went off to serve in Korea. They later moved to Pennsylvania, where Carolyn and Danny and were born, and then to Massachusetts, where Lynda was born.
Jeanette earned her Master’s degree at Simmons College, and taught science and home economics in the Cambridge, Mass. public schools. She often told stories about the “little devils” in her classrooms. In retirement after Dan’s death, she traveled the world, played bridge socially and competitively, and shopped for bargains.
She leaves behind her three children: Daniel Mooney and his wife, Betsy Mooney, of Brentwood, N.H.; Carolyn Mooney and her husband, Eric Berkman, of Washington D.C.; and Lynda Mooney and her partner, Jay Lupica, of Cohasset, Mass. She leaves five beloved grandchildren: Nicole Berkman Petersen (married to Kellen Petersen) of Denver; Natalie Berkman of Montana; Will Mooney of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Ted Patsos of San Francisco; and Lillian Patsos of Cohasset, Massachusetts and her sister, Brenda Blue.
A small service for her family and Sylvia Jeanette’s close friends will be held at the Downing Cottage Funeral Chapel in Hingham, Mass. on Saturday at 10:00 AM. Burial will be at the Wildwood Cemetery in Winchester, Mass. immediately thereafter.
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