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Jean Pascarella

June 15, 1950 ~ August 29, 2020 (age 70)


It is with great sadness the family of Jean Pascarella, of Salamanca, NY, is announcing her passing at Hickory Hills Alzheimer's Special Care Center in Hendersonville, TN, on the morning of August 29, 2020.She was a loving mother, grandmother, and a wonderful wife.

Born June 15, 1950 in Elmira, NY, Jean was the daughter of the late Tom and Betty Elsen.  She graduated from Bishop Walsh High School in 1968.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Brockport State College in 1971, and her Master’s Degree from Fredonia State College. She then received her Administrative Certificate from Saint Bonaventure University. She dedicated her working career first as a teacher, and then as an elementary school principal in the Salamanca School District for 38 years.  She had fond memories of the Prospect Elementary School faculty, and of course, all of the students that passed through over the years. Education and children were her passion.  She also worked as a real estate agent at Ye Olde Towne & Country in Ellicottville, NY, for a short period of time.

Jean will be forever remembered by her husband of 48 years, Frank, and their children, Andy Pascarella (Kristie Mendell) of Ellicottville, NY and Logan (Ashley) Pascarella of Hendersonville, TN.  Jean will also be lovingly remembered by her two grandchildren, McKinley (6) and Ellasyn (4) Pascarella. Other surviving family members include her brother Joe Elsen, his wife Damie, and their son Jimmy of Glenwood, CO, and her sister Kathie Elsen Hobbs with son Brandon Hobbs of Fredonia, NY. The family of her predeceased sister, Elaine Elsen, include Greg Spako, Julie Spako, Brian Spako, Annie Marie Spako, and their immediate families. She is also lovingly remembered by her in-laws and their children, Dennis & Kathy Pascarella (Kiki & Kolleen) of Nashville,TN and Khris & Pam Pascarella (Addy & CeCe) of Franklin, TN. 

Jean was a member of the Elkdale Country Club and Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, where she also taught Sunday School.  She enjoyed rides on the Harley, skiing, country line dancing, boating on the Allegany Reservoir, golfing, and gathering together with life-long friends in their girls’ club. 

The family would like to thank all of the friends that helped care for Jean throughout her long battle with Alzheimer's.  Jean was a warm and caring person with an infectious laugh, and a friend to many. 

A mass and celebration of Jean's life will be held next summer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Empire Animal Rescue Society (EARS). 

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