Jean S. (Capinski) Pieta, 85, of Collegeville, passed away Thursday, January 23, 2020, at Shannondell at Valley Forge.
Born December 23, 1934, in Norristown she was a daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Kazmierski) Capinski. Mrs. Pieta was a graduate of Little Flower High School class of 1952.
Jean loved the simple things in life. From an early age, she loved to swim and then as a teenager became a lifeguard. She played the piano and loved to dance. In the mid 50’s she was crowned Miss Polka Queen by the Polish American Congress. She loved to travel, read and do crossword puzzles. She also loved to cook. In 1970, she became the proprietor of Jean’s Tavern on Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia where she spent countless hours working and talking with people. She was a headstrong businesswoman and taught her family how to work hard. She loved to shoot English Darts and won many awards during the ’70s and early ’80s. She became the Treasurer of the Women’s Dart League of Philadelphia. After selling the bar, she went to work in the insurance industry from 1985 through 2018 where her work associates also became “part of the family”. One of her greatest loves in life were Philadelphia Sports. She loved her Eagles and Flyers, but she had no greater love than for her beloved PHILLIES. From the time she was a young girl, her uncle worked for the Phillies and took her to many games at Shibe Park. One of her most treasured possessions was her 1950 Whiz Kid’s autographed baseball. She also loved watching all of those sports on TV and if she missed a Phillies game, she DVR’ed it and you couldn’t tell her the outcome of the game until she physically watched it.
Not only did she love her daughters and all of the adventures they had, but her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were also the apples of her eye. She traveled to England to watch Timmy and Jamie play soccer, she was front and center every year for Jessica’s dance recitals, she traveled to countless hockey games for Jason and Kevin, whether it was LaSalle HS, Temple, Perk Valley, Center Ice, or wherever they played. She also learned how to live stream Kevin’s games in Iowa from her computer to her TV and was so happy to watch every game. Then the very active great-grandchildren came along and that was another round of football, baseball, soccer and gymnastics for watching Kaden and Ava’s activities. It was nothing for her to text everyone on a random weeknight where she announced she would be cooking and asking who was available for dinner. She just loved having the family around and the craziness that ensued. She also loved her nickname of “Jeano” or Grandmom Jeano.
She is survived by her daughters, Donna Leyland (Joe Passio) of North Wildwood, Jo-Anne Maenner (Michael) of Philadelphia and Janice Lombardi (Steven) of Schwenksville; Grandchildren Tim Leyland, Jamie Pickersgill (Jim), Jessica Teson (Tom), Jason and Kevin Lombardi and three great-grandchildren, Kaden, Ava Jean, and Mason Pickersgill. She was also predeceased by her son-in-law Tim Leyland.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass at 11 AM on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 40 Spring Mount Rd. Schwenksville, PA 19473, where friends may greet the family from 10-10:45 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Little Flower High School for Girls, 1000 W. Lycoming St., Philadelphia, PA 19140. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWilliamsFuneralHome.com