Jeanne, known as JJ to her friends, was born March 5, 1967 in Redding, California to Bud and Nancy Klagge. Her family moved to the Aumsville/Turner/Stayton area where her two younger sisters were born. JJ died unexpectedly, but peacefully in our home on October 12, 2017 at the age of 50.
Growing up in rural Oregon, JJ was involved in sports, especially softball and volleyball. She excelled in softball, earning the MVP for the Cascade Cougars in 1985, the year she graduated from Cascade High School. She had a Scholarship opportunity to attend UCLA, but life happened, as it does to all of us. She attended Chemeketa Community College in Salem, receiving two Associate Degrees, one for Mechanical Engineering, and the second in Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing, graduating in 1995. JJ continued her CAD education after moving to Portland, and worked at GM Manufacturing, Imperial Manufacturing, and Triad Manufacturing. She was very proud of her talent in designing products that ranged from the tech industry to upscale speakers. She was so very talented. It was at Triad where she suffered a fall due to a failed vacuum system, when too much sawdust accumulated on the warehouse floor. Even with surgeries on her shoulder and knee, she continued to have ongoing physical issues that interfered with her health.
JJ was a kind, giving, loving woman, and she never missed an opportunity to tell those around her that she loved them. It did not matter how long she knew you, she just had a big heart and shared it with anyone who was open to receiving her friendship and love. JJ loved softball–playing or watching–it did not matter, she just loved the sport, and excelled in High School. Above all these, she loved children and animals. Her heart could not contain the love she had for her nieces and nephews. She was so proud of them.
I will always remember her laugh. JJ loved to laugh, and I know that today and forever she is at peace, no longer in pain, and laughing right now, with her Mom, my Mom, friends, and those in AA whom she loved and lost too early.
She is survived by her brother William, sisters Jennifer and Nicky, long-time friend and partner AC, Wendy, who was like a sister to her, 6 nieces and 3 nephews, and the many lives of those she touched in the rooms of AA. JJ was loved by many, and is truly missed.
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