Jean Beverly Thiel


Jean Beverly (Duncan) Thiel, age 76, a 53 year resident of Fair Lawn, NJ passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at home surrounded by her loving family.  Born on September 2, 1944 to Harold Edgar and Louisa (Carter) Duncan, she attended Maywood schools, Bogota High School (1962), Fairleigh Dickinson University and Barbizon School of Modeling.  Jean met Joseph Thiel in 1960 while attending Bogota High School and they were married on September 11, 1965.  In addition to their home in Fair Lawn, they enjoyed time spent at their second home in Orleans on Cape Cod which they purchased in 2000 after vacationing on the Cape since 1964.

In 1963, Jean became employed with Sterns Department Store located in the Bergen Mall.  She began as a sales associate in the glove department, was promoted to Assistant Fashion Coordinator and by 1966 had risen to Fashion Coordinator.  As Fashion Coordinator, she managed fashion and wedding shows at both the Bergen Mall and outside venues.  In 1970, she was named Fashion Coordinator of Allied Stores and as such arranged fashion shows for the Bergen Mall, Willowbrook Mall, Quackenbush, Paterson and Wood Ridge stores until 1971.  In 1978, she returned to the working world as a demonstrator for Polaroid Camera and as a Medical Assistant with Dr. Louis Schwarz and Dr. Michael Petriella.  Jean returned to the retail sales market at Macy’s in Paramus as a Ralph Lauren specialist and was named Associate of the Year in the mid 90’s.  She retired after 15 years with Macy’s.

Jean and her mother joined The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in 1982.  Presently and for the past eight years, she was the Regent of the Polly Wyckoff/ David Demarest Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Interested in genealogy, Jean located 14 additional descendants from Massachusetts during the Revolution period and was able to trace a relative to the Mayflower.  Jean is a member of several genealogy societies including General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Descendants of Cape Cod and The Islands, Jamestown Society, Founders and Patriots, and The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century.

Beloved and devoted wife of Joseph Thiel.  Loving mother of Brian John Thiel and wife Jennifer Justo-Thiel.  Cherished grandmother of Tyler and Madison Thiel.  Jean is also survived by loving sister and confidant Cynthia “Cindy” Saksena and dear nephew Vinaya Saksena.

The family will receive relatives and friends Monday, November 16, 2020, 2-4 & 7-9 pm at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ.  A funeral service is planned for Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 10 am at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jean to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 5028 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5028, would be appreciated.

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The Rancocas Valley Chapter of the Nat. Soc. Colonial Dames XVII Century sends its sincerest regrets on the passing of their valued member, Jean. Jean was a regular attendee with her devoted husband Joe. She will be sadly missed and we look forward to honoring her in future with a Memorial Service. We wish Joe loving support on her loss. Sincerely, Barbara, Honorary State President
Barbara Morgan
Joe and family, so sad to hear the news and it has been so long since we have been in touch. You and Jean have had such a rich life together and it is no surprise as we remember the special couple from our BHS days including Jean as varsity cheerleader and the Queen of our senior Queen of Hearts Dance. May the grief that you have right now revert over time to the many joyous memories that you had together over so many years.
Joe, Liz Meyer contacted us about Jean's passing. Please accept our condolences, our prayers are with you. We remember Jean with geat fondness from our school days, and you too, of course. We wish you and your family God's love and comfort in this difficult time. Art & Martha Mendez
Arthur T Mendez
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