AUBURN – Jean E. Westlake, née Moody, passed away peacefully on June 29, 2022. Born in Sennett, she lived in Auburn, NY for most of her adult life.
His love was his family. She was the beloved matriarch of a large family. Throughout her life, she marked the lives of those she met.
For many years she dedicated her time to St. Alphonsus Church, including leadership of the Rosary Altar Society, serving on the finance committee for 25 years, bringing comfort to others as an alternative to funerals and volunteering at the presbytery until the age of 90.
During her working years, she could be found at the Cayuga Savings Bank, overseeing student loans. Jean became an avid walker during this time, commuting to and from work. This continued when she moved to the Boyle Center. She would walk to Hoopes Park and back.
Jean is survived by her children Stephen Westlake (Nancy Searles), Craig Westlake (Jane), Eileen Lumb (Greg); his grandchildren Jean Spoto (Carmen), Pam Westlake, Elle Yeomans, Michael Westlake (Kathleen), Brian Westlake (Michelle), Brandy Schill (Rick), George Lumb (Andrianna Hetelekides), Ryan Lumb (Anne Krasniak); step-grandchildren Lorraine (Peter) Stone and Eric (Kara) Hawrelak. Jean was “grandmother” to eleven adoring children. Her “lifelong friend” Margarita McNamara, whom she has known since the age of 20, continues without her now in the north of the country. George S. Westlake, her husband of 50 years, predeceased her, as did her sisters, Janice and Bernice “Bunny” Vella, her grandson Michael Yeomans, and many other family members, including her close friend, Rita. Bishop with whom she formed a “widow”. club” of two after the death of their husbands. They were seen everywhere together.
Calling hours for Jean will be Wednesday, July 6, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at White Chapel Funeral Home, Inc., 197 South Street, Auburn NY. A Christian Burial Mass will be held Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Church and interment will follow at Fort Hill Cemetery. Contributions in Jean’s memory may be made to Hospice of the Finger Lakes. To offer your condolences to the family, please visit whitechapelfh.com.