Jean Poucher Loizeaux

Born in Plainfield, NJ on April 9, 1924

Departed on April 27, 2019 and resided in Atlanta, GA

Jean Poucher Loizeaux, 95, died on April 27, 2019 at her home in Atlanta, GA after a short illness.

Jean was born in Plainfield, NJ on April 9, 1924. She graduated from Kent Place School and Douglas College. For 57 years, she resided in Basking Ridge, NJ, where, with her husband John G. Loizeaux, Jr., she raised their 3 children. She was an active member of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church—as a Deacon and Elder. In the mid-1960s and continuing for almost fifty years, she taught middle school math at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, NJ. There she became and remains something of a legend for the academic standards to which she held her students. Upon her retirement at age 88 in 2012, the school established the Jean Loizeaux Award, the highest academic award for a graduating senior. Her commitment to the education of young people continued in Atlanta where she was a tutor in the Agape program.

Jean’s energy was apparent—and occasionally exhausting—to all who knew her. In high school, she was on the fencing and field hockey teams. Over her summers on Shelter Island, she was an avid sailor. Later she was in the Junior League, and during WWII served as a volunteer ambulance attendant in Plainfield. She enjoyed opera, the symphony and theater in New York, Morristown, NJ, and more recently in Atlanta. At home she’d put her hand to just about anything: gardening, reupholstering, wallpapering, knitting, plumbing, carpentry, gutter-cleaning; in her eighties, she pushed a mower around the yard.

She loved her walks on the Cape May beach. A life-long Yankees fan, she came to appreciate the Braves. She was often competitive, particularly if there were playing cards in her hand. She loved a good argument as long as it might be resolved over a glass of Bailey’s Irish Cream. She was organized. Oh, was she organized: a maker of lists on lined yellow pads in meticulous handwriting. She believed in civility, manners, a properly set table, and matching navy blue skirts, purses, and shoes.

She also believed in working hard and embracing life with all her being. She was determined, ambitious for herself and others, and independent right up to her final weeks. She was a neighbor who’d run to your house in an emergency, or if you needed a stick of butter. Her immaculate home was open to friends and strangers in need. As a mother, she was fierce, steadfast, and proud in her love.

Jean is predeceased by her husband, John G. Loizeaux, Jr.; her parents, Ralph and Margaret Poucher; her sister, Lynn Thompson; her brother, Thomas Poucher; and granddaughter, Anna S. Loizeaux. She is survived by many friends, including Henry Stiel; her sisters, Peg Romano and Lois Rogers; her son, Bill [Beth] Loizeaux; her daughters, Meg [Peter] Keller and Christine [Bob] Wright; her grandchildren, Paul [Jenell] Keller, Karl [Hannah Callaghan] Keller, Rebecca Wright, Lisa Jane Wright, Hannah [Matt] Meurer, and Emma [Chester Harvey] Loizeaux; 3 great-granchildren and one on the way.

Jean requested that memorial donations be sent to Gill St. Bernard’s School, which has generously responded by establishing The Jean Loizeaux Scholarship Fund. This need-based scholarship will assist a Middle School student or students who demonstrate academic excellence and whose families have demonstrated financial need in order to attend the school. Please follow this link or send a check to:

Gill St. Bernard’s School
Development Office
PO Box 604
St. Bernard’s Road
Gladstone, NJ 07934-0604

Please note Jean Loizeaux Fund on the check or envelope.

Memorial service at 2PM on Saturday, September 21 at the:
Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church
1 E. Oak St., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

In the spirit of Jean Loizeaux, all are welcome.

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Guestbook Entries

  1. Ted Behr April 30, 2019 at 7:14 am - Reply

    In the midst of our sorrow for a dear cousin, we are strengthened by the knowledge of her deep belief in Jesus Christ who she faithfully served during a lifetime of devotion to the welfare of others.

    Dorothea and Ted Behr

  2. Peter Schmidt April 30, 2019 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Jean Loizeaux touched innumerable lives as a dedicated teacher at Gill St. Bernard’s School. My sons learned more than math from this classy woman. They learned what it meant to live your life with integrity and compassion for others. It as an honor to be her colleague for more than 30 years.

  3. Ryan Milanaik April 30, 2019 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    An absolutely wonderful teacher who touched the lives of every student she came in contact with. Rest In Peace Mrs. Loizeaux

  4. Brandon Milanaik April 30, 2019 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Mrs. Loizeaux was always one of my favorite teachers at Gill. She helped me get through my Algebra I & was great to get along with. I remember how she always had snacks for everyone she was tutoring after school. She lived a long and blessed life & she will be dearly missed!

  5. Maggie Bedrosian May 1, 2019 at 10:09 am - Reply

    It has been over 15 years since I had Mrs. Loizeaux as a teacher, and I still often think of her. I’ll always remember her quiet dignity, uncompromising commitment to her students, and unwavering compassion for a young girl whose least favorite subject was math.

    Mrs. Loizeaux will be sincerely missed, and my deepest condolences go out to her family and loved ones.

  6. John Ripton May 1, 2019 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Jean was much loved by Barbara, our three children and me. Jessica, Sarah and Erin worked diligently for her and gained a sound foundation in mathematics. They remember Jean with great affection and, along with Barbara and me, wish her family peace. Jean was a not only a terrific teacher who instructed generations of students but, just as importantly, she was a spirited colleague and a very humane person. Jean carried herself with dignity and compassion, a true model for each of her students and colleagues.

  7. Margaret Rogers-Baugnon May 7, 2019 at 9:44 am - Reply

    I treasure the memories I have traveling to California with Aunt Jean, Granny and the sisters. It was my first journey on an airplane at 16 and I remember feeling very proud to have been included in that traveling group of strong women. “Ajee” always set a high standard for everything and truly exemplified that if a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing impeccably. But her impeccable standards were balanced by a sharp wit and sense of whimsy. When we gathered for Thanksgiving in 2018 some of us entertained the children by making silly festive hats out of paper. Aunt Jean chose a paper hat that complimented her smart holiday suit and wore it with style, grace, and a twinkle in her eye.

  8. Kelly Driggers May 9, 2019 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    What an inspirational, most enjoyable and creative woman Mrs. Loizeaux was to know and yes, her wit and twinkle in her eye kept her approachable and deeply loved. She has left a huge void here on earth but has surely entered the Presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus bringing Him delight in His spectacular creation of her beautiful soul!
    I want to ‘grow up’ and be just like her.
    Much love and prayers to her family and friends.
    Kelly Driggers, her daughter Chris is my very best friend

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