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MaryJane Bumbu of Florida, affectionately known as “Jennie”, 88, died on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

Jennie always had a smile on her face, joy in her heart, and a kind word to others. She was a pleasure to be with her and was much loved by her family and friends.

Jennie started her professional life early. As her brothers served in World War II and her father died when she was very young, she was forced to work at a very young age. At 12, she worked for the local flower shop and their agricultural farm as an accountant to help her mother. During her high school years, she worked for the president of the local bank to earn enough money to pay for her college education. Jennie graduated in 3.5 years from Ohio University in Athens with a Bachelor of Science degree.

She met her husband, George T. Bumbu, when she was crowned queen of the Romanian Leul Society. Jennie has been married to her husband for 59 1/2 years. She taught at Brookfield schools after graduating from college. When her children were teenagers, Jennie returned to teaching at Trumbull Career Technical Center as one of the first faculty members to teach. She attended Kent State University to prepare for her Masters. She worked alongside her husband at their company, Falls Ford Inc., for over 50 years.

Jennie had a community spirit. She loved to volunteer. Jennie taught children with disabilities swimming for the Red Cross at the YWCA. She chaired the children’s concerts at the WD Packard Music Hall. Jennie was a Gold Life Fellow and Past President of the American Association of University Women. Jennie was a founding member of the Warren Town Hall community organization, whose mission is to lecture for the education, spiritual and cultural awakening of women.

Jennie was a member of the Romanian Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection and supported the Ladies Auxiliary and the AFORA group, holding many positions. Jennie was a founding member of the Ellis Island Restoration Project to preserve our country’s history. She had a beautiful mezzo-soprano voice and sang a capella for many weddings. Singing Handel’s Messiah was the highlight of his vacation. She was an avid golfer, striking ties with her husband and his women’s league.

She is predeceased by her husband, George; his parents; and his brother Jean.

She leaves behind two brothers, E. Peter and George; four children, Jennifer, Jeannine McCubbins (Paul), Jill and Greg (Laura); four grandchildren, Grant, Ava and Lance Bumbu and Sarah McCubbins.

Her kindness, her spirit, her unwavering support, her smile, her courage, her humility and her love will be missed. May the grace of God keep his love in our hearts and minds forever.

Please make commemorative contributions to the Romanian Orthodox Holy Resurrection Church, 1836 North Road NE Warren, OH 44483, in loving memory of MaryJane Bumbu.

A private funeral service was celebrated by the Very Rev. Stanciu.

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