Jean P. Ughetti, age 94, of Chicago, Illinois, passed away on August 17, 2020 at the home of her daughter Pam. Jean was born on November 26, 1925, to George and Mae (Havel) Sonneker in Chicago, IL. On May 31, 1947, she was united in marriage to Bernerd “Ben” Ughetti in Chicago.
It is no surprise to anyone who knew her that Jean was a pin up girl during World War II. She was beautiful, with a natural grace that you could not help but admire and be inspired by. Jean was meticulous and steady in every way. Regardless of the day or occasion, you would find yourself out-fashioned and out-dressed by her. Her house was showroom ready and inviting all year round, though it was not recommended to visit on Fridays, unless you wanted to be part of her cleaning hobby for the day.
Jean was an exquisite professional seamstress who designed and made most of the wedding dresses for the women in the family and kept the men in well-fitting pants.
Though she was the youngest of 3 siblings, Jean was a true matriarch. She was a favorite grandma, aunt, and great-aunt to many. She truly helped anyone in need and was always a source of strength. It didn’t matter if she was hosting a party of 30 people in the basement or talking with a single person in her kitchen, she always listened intently and was present when you spoke with her. Jean would say she wasn’t stubborn, but always with a knowing smile.
Jean was very giving. She traveled the world with Ben, but always came back with gifts for her family. She made sure her family got to see some of the world as well, whether she joined them or not.
Jean and Ben shared a rare puppy love for 67 years. They were inseparable, and there is no doubt they are holding hands now, looking at each other the same way they did when they met.
Jean is survived by her sister Evelyn Butler; daughters Pamela Ughetti and Carol Oster; grandchildren Diane (Jeff) Warden, Alan Konwinski, Kelsey (David) Simon, and Sara (David) Derdiger; and great-grandchildren Nathaniel Warden, Ellia Simon, and Asher Simon, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Mae Sonneker, her husband Bernerd Ughetti, sister Dorothy Smith, brother-in-law Ken Smith, daughter Barbara Konwinski, son-in-law Alan Konwinski, and granddaughter Kelly Konwinski.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. A celebration of Jean’s life will follow, at a date to be announced.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Justen’s Round Lake Funeral Home. For information, please call the funeral home at 847-546-3300 or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends and loved ones may share memories of Jean on her tribute wall.