Obituary for Jean Stokes
Jean Martin Stokes, formerly of Lake Forest, died peacefully in her sleep at Radford Green in Lincolnshire, IL. She was 84 years of age and was surrounded by her family when she finally succumbed after a long battle with dementia. Jean was born on May 12, 1932 in Chicago to Jeanette and William Martin. She received her BA from Mundelein College and a Masters of Fine and Decorative Art at Sotheby’s in London, England. Besides being the best mother in the world, Jean was an actress, singer, gardener, painter, an amazing entertainer, passionate about all the arts, and an all-around team player. Jean is survived by her seven children; Kathy (Paul) Moore, Lisa (Jay) Seifried, Jim (Mary) Stokes, Sheila (John) Kringel, Mary Beth (Johnathan) Griffis, Kyle (Bennett) Lieberman and Karen (Dean) Cummings. She is also survived by her 17 grandchildren; Ryan (Beth), Ashley, and J.B. (Carlene) Moore; Kevin, Wallis and Drew Higley; Wes and Ian Stokes; Kelsey, Jackson and Dana Kringle; Carly and Nina Griffis; Oskar Lieberman; Wyatt, Tesslina and Brooke Cummings, and the caboose for her long train is her great-grandchild Grady Moore. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, February 9, 2016 at Wenban Funeral Home, 320 Vine Ave, Lake Forest. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 am on Friday, February 10, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 175 E Illinois, Lake Forest. Mom always loved helping and caring for others, to honor her memory and in lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to go to Misericordia, 6300 N Ridge Rd, Chicago IL 60660. Jeans family would like to thank the staff and doctors at Radford Green for all the loving attention Jean received, and in her final days, the Angels from Journey Care Hospice were wonderful companions for Jean and the family.