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Jean Staiman — An extraordinary community giant

A community giant.

That’s one way that the late Jean Rita Staiman is being remembered.

The wife of Marvin Staiman, she stood by her husband for more than 75 years. Together the couple provided an extraordinary example of commitment and a vital force for good in our community.

Indeed, community service was the hallmark of Jean Staiman’s life.

She was heavily involved with more than a dozen community organizations, serving on boards and in positions of leadership, from Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and a host of philanthropic organizations.

Among those, she and her husband co-chaired the 1992 campaign of the Lycoming County United Way that raised $1.29 million, following a year as assistant campaign co-chairs.

By all accounts, Jean Rita Staiman was a caring wife, mother and friend, with six children, 19 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren, and was deeply committed to her faith.

She and her husband were heavily involved in the annual Israel Bonds dinner locally, raising funds for the Jewish State of Israel.

As a young Jewish woman with extended family in Lithuania during the Holocaust, Jean Staiman later would share how her father’s family were massacred and burned alive in a barn with other Jews. She had a strong commitment to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in washington D.C.

“Her passing is a great loss to her family, friends, and the community she selflessly served for many decades,” said Sandra Tosca, who had forged a friendship with the couple. “She had a huge heart that showed itself in many philanthropic acts toward the community.”

We couldn’t agree more. This community was blessed to have Jean Rita Staiman in it.

Her presence will be sorely missed.

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