She was born June 1, 1919, in Kosciusko County, to Emory and Mary (Warner) Hossler. She graduated from Pierceton High School in 1937 and from Manchester College where she received a Bachelors of Science degree in education. She received her Master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Purdue University in 1964. On May 7, 1943 she married Fred G. Leasure. He preceded her in death.
Jean was a high school teacher for 29 years, teaching business and girl’s physical education. She spent the last 14 years in guidance at South Whitley and Columbia City. Jean received recognition as an Outstanding Teacher. She was a very active member of Eel River Community Church of the Brethren, Silver Lake, and a member of the Indiana State Teacher’s Association and the National Education Association. Jean and her husband traveled to all 50 states, New Zealand, Australia and several trips to Europe. They had also attended 16 Elderhostles. She enjoyed reading, playing games, flower gardening, and keeping up with her children and their families.
She is survived by two sons: Max J. (Cindy) Leasure, Kernersville, N.C.; Kim L. (Jane) Leasure, Warsaw; one daughter: Jacalyn Kay (William) Bucher, North Manchester; one sister-in-law: Rosie Hossler, Fort Wayne; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a brother: Richard Hossler; and a sister: Maxine Hossler.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Eel River Community Church of the Brethren 2507 E. SR 14, Silver Lake. Reverend Ron Finney will officiate. Burial will be in Ulrey Memorial Cemetery, Silver Lake.
Memorial contributions may be given to Heifer Project International, PO Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203 or Eel River Community Church of the Brethren, 2507 E. State Road 14, Silver Lake, IN 46982 or Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962.