Jean M. Runge, 97, of Carleton Willard Village in Bedford, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 10, surrounded by her family.
Born in Chatham, New Brunswick, Canada on May 1, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Elizabeth Hanna. Upon graduation from Chatham High School in 1941, she was employed during World War II as an air traffic controller in New Brunswick. After the war, she moved to Cambridge in 1946 to begin employment as a buyer in the sporting goods industry at Brines and Jordan Marsh.
She married her husband August William “Bill” Runge in 1954 and they moved to Easton where she became a mother in 1955. In the late 1960’s she became an LPN for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Upon her retirement in 1979, she moved to Sulphur Springs, Texas where she and her husband lived for nearly 20 years before moving back to Massachusetts. They resided in Carver until her husband’s death in 2002 at which time she moved to Lexington and then New Horizons in Woburn.
Jean enjoyed reading, traveling and was known for knitting afghans and scarfs for her family members as well as donations to local charities.
She is survived by her loving son Paul and his wife Paula of Texas, granddaughters Sarah Jean Hernandez and husband Bret of California and Elizabeth Callahan and husband Christopher of Massachusetts, great-grandchildren Jonah James Hernandez and Jack and Caroline Callahan, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family is planning a celebration of her wonderful life at a later date. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn, Massachusetts.