1933 – 2016

LEWISTON — Rejeanne M. “Jean” Kenny, 83, died peacefully with her family by her side at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston on Wednesday, Aug. 31. She lived independently at her home in Peru for many years.

She was born in Lewiston on May 4, 1933, the daughter of Emilien and Edwina (Levesque) Laganiere, and graduated from Edward Little High School in Auburn, Class of 1951.

Jean worked as a painter and wallpaperer and later as a cook for many years. She owned and operated Jean’s Café in Mexico for many years and later worked as a cook at the Opera House in Dixfield, The Gingerbread House in Oquossoc and Dick’s Restaurant in Mexico until retirement. She had also worked at Camp Bellevue on the Upper Richardson Lake. She was a Communicant of Parish of the Holy Savior, St. Athanasuis – St. John Church and formerly a very active member of St. Theresa’s Guild and church choir. She loved working in her flower and veggie gardens, playing cards and games with her siblings, children and grandchildren, traveling to different places, horse racing, and trips to the casino. She enjoyed family gatherings and watching her grandchildren and going to their events.

She was married in February 1966 to Leonard W. Kenny Sr., who predeceased her.

Survivors include children, Jill Allen of Peru, Becky Luken and husband, Steve, of Lincoln, Kim Lucas and husband, Robert, of Peru, Carrie Knox and husband, Timothy, of Rumford, Katharine Kenny of Warwick, R.I., Leonard Kenny Jr. and wife, LeAnn, of Auburn, and Timothy Kenny and companion, Emily Scott, of Telluride, Colo.; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lorraine Plante of Lewiston; a brother, Robert Laganiere and wife, Anita, of Auburn; sister-in-law, Priscilla Laganiere of Topsham; a special close friend, Skip Gurney of Rumford; many nieces and nephews; and was “Nana Jean” to many others.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Leonard; a great-grandson, Nevan Jones; sisters, Muriel Boudreau and Doris Nelson; brothers, Raymond and Roland Laganiere; and a longtime companion, Elijah Fournier.

Friends are invited to sign the family guest book and share their thoughts, condolences and memories online at www.meaderandson.com.

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