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Jeanette passed away on January 15th, one day after her 95th birthday. Jeanette was born to Salvatore and Josephina (Russo) Parisse in Bedford, Ohio on January 14, 1929. Jeanette married Jack D Crislip on June 4th, 1949, and they settled in Perry, Ohio. Jeanette met Jack while they were at Rock Creek High School. After graduating from high school, Jeanette attended Kent State University where she graduated with a degree in Education. She later received her Master's in Education from Lake Erie College’s, Garfield Senior College.
Jeanette started teaching at age 19 on her provisional teaching certificate and never looked back. She taught 20 years in Perry, Ohio at Center Road Elementary School as a 3rd grade teacher and then moved down to 1st grade. When they moved to Painesville in 1968, Jeanette started teaching at Fairport Elementary School where she stayed for another 20 years teaching 1st graders.
Jeanette lived and breathed politics for 30+ years. She campaigned and supported local, county and state Democratic candidates, while also performing her civic duty as one of Painesville Township’s longest serving trustees, serving the residents from 1983 to 2013. Her devotion to the residents and Township form of government has had a significant and long-lasting impact. Jeanette was known as the “candidate who knocked on every door” in every campaign she ran.
Jeanette volunteered for numerous organizations including the Painesville Senior Center, The Lake County History Center, The Laketran Board of Trustees, Lake County Democratic Women, Christ Child Society of the Western Reserve, The Society of Rehabilitation Board of Trustees, and Catholic Charities to name a few. She was an active member of the Lake County Association of Trustees for 28 years, The Lake County Council of Governments, Lake County Health Coalition, the Lubrizol Community Advisory Panel and the Lake Erie College Boad of Trustees.
Jeanette was a lifelong fan of the Cleveland Guardians and the Cleveland Browns. She loved her Ohio State Buckeyes (unless they were playing Notre Dame), because her three children attended The Ohio State University. Jeanette loved to play cards, bocce, golf and bowling. She was proud of her highest bowling score of 288.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, Jack, the love of her life and husband of 55 years, their son, Joesph Arthur Christian Crislip and her two brothers, John and Joseph Painter.
Jeanette is survived by her two daughters, Jacklyn (Kevin) Acheson of Painesville, Ohio and Jeanne (Mark) Combs of Estro, Florida. Jeanette was affectionately known as Granna by her five grandchildren, Kimberly Graber of Chicago, Il; Erica (Brian) Dunay of Painesville, Oh; Britton (Kristina) Combs of Waxhaw, NC; Kyle (Emily) Acheson of Hudson, Oh and Ryan Combs of Appleton, WI. She was also Granna to 10 great grandchildren, Phoebe and Archie Graber; Joesph, Jacob, and Jayden Dunay; Jack, Grant, and Ronan Combs; and Vivienne and Kooper Acheson.
The last four years of her life, Jeanette was kept on her toes by her BFF, her now 5-year-old great grandson Jayden. It didn’t matter to him that she was 90+ years old. He had her playing baseball, football, basketball, racing remote-controlled cars and so much more. She also loved every second of reading books with Jayden and playing countless board games. She often said with a smile, “He tires me out!” We affectionately referred to it as The Adventures of Granna and Jayden.
Family will receive friends at Spear-Mulqueeny Funeral Home on Friday, January 19, 2024, from 3:00 – 8:00 PM. Jeanette’s mass of Christian burial will take place at St. Mary's Church in Painesville, Ohio on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at 10:00 AM followed with a burial at Riverside Cemetery in Painesville.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donation be made in Jeanette’s memory, to Forbes House or Project Hope for the Homeless.
P. O.Box 702, Painesville OH 44077
Project Hope for the Homeless
25 Freedom Road, Painesville OH 44077