Jean M. Gaitten
August 23, 1956 - May 27, 2020
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Jean Marie (Walker) Gaitten, age 63, of Toledo passed away suddenly on May 27, 2020.  She was born to Stanley and Janet (Brinley) Walker on August 23, 1956.  She was a long time resident of the Columbus Ohio area before returning home to the Toledo Area. She was a 1974 Graduate of Rogers High School,…

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Joseph L Mitchell left a message on July 17, 2020:
To read this is to render me devastated. Jean was my first true and deep love. She was a lifeguard at Highland Park and one of the coaches on our swim team. As a 13-year-old boy looking at a 17-year-old goddess, her beauty was breath-taking and her smile captivating. I could not believe that she would actually talk to me as I was not self-confident at all. When I would watch her at her post in her one-piece orange swimsuit, it was like seeing a statue sculpted by the greatest artist. (Mind you, I’m thirteen. Think of a chubbier “Squints” and Wendy Peffercorn in the movie “The Sandlot.”) A few years later, when I was old enough to drive and Jean was in town on break from college, I would visit with her and Janet in the back area where all the sewing would take place. I could not believe this gorgeous college woman would actually be happy to see me. She told me about some boys she met at OSU and all that. I knew I had no chance, especially with her describing these college guys. I had never said “I love you” to anyone at that point. One day, I asked if I could come over and she warned me that she was sick in bed but I could visit if I kept my distance. I wanted the chance to tell her how I felt and this was going to be the day. In the few days before that, knowing Jean would be back from college, I had played “Happy Man” (Chicago VII) over and over and over so I could write down the lyrics. Before sitting in a chair in her bedroom, I laid the note on her bed handed and said, “This is how I feel about you.” She sat up in bed, gathered her bathrobe and pulled the blanket up, forming a makeshift desk in front of her and laid the note down to read it. When she finished, she patted the side of the bed and said, “Sit here.” When I sat, she held my hand, pulled me in close and kissed me. After the kiss, she held me, my head on her shoulder and my eyes filled with tears. When I sat up, she told me that the note meant so much, that I was sweet...and that I was too young. “If we were the same age and you were at college...” was about all I heard. As the years progressed, the letters back and forth stopped, as I knew they would. I would receive the occasional letter from Janet and would visit from time-to-time. Eventually, those letters and visits stopped, also. I saw Jean one time when I moved to Columbus in 1992 and it was a brief encounter with both of us making the empty promise of getting together to catch up. The last time we spoke was in 1999 to tell her I had cancer. The outlook was quite grim and I wanted to contact those who either meant a lot to me or those who had (past tense). I said, “I loved you then, I love you now and I always will no matter how much time I have left.” There was a muted response on her end and it was something like, “Good luck with the surgery. Sounds like someone’s at my front door. I have to go.” That was our final encounter. I loved your sister. I still do. This news is devastating and I feel like I’m 17 all over again hearing I’m too young for her. Jean died “too young.” I pray she had someone...I pray she had several people...in her life who loved her, who held her, who supported her for 63 too-short years. Jean, may God hold you and you find peace in His presence. You will always be my first love, my first kiss, my first heartbreak. I am forever grateful for having you in my life. Rest well, lifeguard. https://youtu.be/2vwg1Tqs0Hs
Lee Leon left a message on June 8, 2020:
it’s hard to believe is been over 20 years since I met Jeanie at the old Coaches in Gahanna. We had a lot of fun there. I have great memories of our time together in Columbus, our trips to Toledo or just spending time together doing nothing. She touched a lot of people here, who remember her fondly. She had a good heart and will be missed. My sympathies to the family.
Dorie Coulter left a message on June 7, 2020:
I met Jeanne a few years ago in Columbus. We became instant friends. She loved her cat Simon and was a great person to talk to. I’m very sorry to hear of her passing. I know I will definitely miss her.
william Cuthbert JAMES left a message on June 7, 2020:
My condolences to Jeannie's entire family. You were like a big sister after allowing me to Stay in your basement when I was a student at OSU and lost my Job. Last December I led Jean to accept christ, she wanted to do that. I am happy we stayed in touch after she moved back to Toledo. She was a great encourager to me studying Music and Making music in my small Music Studio I had set up in her basement. No matter what I played she liked it and found something Positive to say to me. She was a simple yet Elegant lady who I respected and Loved dearly and I will surely miss her Smile. but I now she Is in the best place now with Papa God. RIP my dear. I will always Love you. I promise you Jean I will try not to stay sad for too long. I will remember you and Simon and smile.
Jennifer Hudson left a message on June 5, 2020:
I will miss you Jeanne, I love you (GIRLFRIEND FOR LIFE)❤❤🙏🙏😥😥
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Ron Rambo left a message on June 5, 2020:
Be good girl will see you!
Larry and Merrie Anne Ferow left a message on June 4, 2020:
Our sincere condolences for all your families loss. We are so sorry. Jean was a wonderful kind person. She will be greatly missed. Larry and Merrie Anne Ferow.
Arlene Stobinski left a message on June 2, 2020:
Stuart and Lynn, Our most sincere condolences to you and all of your family. Dave and Arlene Stobinski
Arlene Stobinski left a message on June 2, 2020:
Stuart and Lynn, Our most sincere condolences to you and all of your family. Dave and Arlene Stobinski
Susan Kubiak left a message on June 2, 2020:
Stuart and Lynn...my sincere condolences.
Nancy Salazar left a message on June 2, 2020:
Jean, I will miss our time spent with one another, the laughter we shared , the stories we shared. I am forever thankful that you left that special love in my heart. Godspeed my Friend! My condolences to Sheila, Krista and to the rest of Jean’s family.
Cremation Society of Toledo left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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