Jean L. David 1928-2023
Jean Lutz David, a former long-time resident of Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on November 15, 2023, surrounded by her beloved family. Jean lived a full and healthy 95 & 1/2 years, living independently until she passed. Jean enjoyed spending Sundays with her son Duane and daughter-in-law Donna where she watched sports and passionately cheered on the Steelers, Tiger Woods and Roger Federer. When sports were not available to watch, she loved watching her “cowboy shows.”
Jean was born in 1928 to Helen and Elmer Lutz. Growing up in Bridgeville, Jean loved to spend time on her Uncle’s and Aunt’s farm, in Cecil, milking cows and riding horses. Her love of animals continued throughout her life, most notably for many years with her miniature French poodle, Mimi, along with multiple pets in her extended family which she loved like they were her own. An active person throughout her life, Jean liked to brag that she could “outrun the boys” as a young girl, lettering in track in High School. Jean worked at Bennett’s drug store as a teenager where she met, began dating and fell in love with Fred David. In 1947, Jean and Fred married and were married for 38 happy years prior to his passing. Later, Jean was fortunate to find a second partner in life, Steve Grippi, with whom she then shared companionship for over 25 years.
After graduating from High School, Jean attended Grace Martin Secretarial school then began a career working at Reliable Savings bank for 47 years, retiring as Secretary and Senior Vice President in 1994. Jean was well known around Bridgeville for her presence at the bank where she helped secure home loans for countless area residents over those 47 years, leaving a lasting positive impact on the local communities.
Jean loved her job, but her pride and joy were “her boys”. Her son, Duane, was born in 1955 and throughout her life, Jean was Duane’s biggest fan and supporter. Jean’s heart was further filled when her grandsons were born, Christopher in 1981 and Andrew in 1985, then followed by great grandson Christopher Jr. in 2014. Jean adored her family and loved those close to her fiercely. Her extended family consisted of her many beloved nieces and nephews, as well as the Grippi family and many friends, co-workers and colleagues she considered part of her own.
In addition to her success at the bank, Jean was a proud member of Greentree Chapter 510 of the Order of the Eastern Star where she served in many leadership positions including Worthy Grand Matron. Jean spent many days and nights on the road with dear friends attending meetings and charity events. She and Fred were active members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Carnegie for many years.
Jean was predeceased by her mother and father, her husband Fred, partner Steve Grippi, and her sister Marian DeClere. She is survived by her son Duane and his wife Donna, grandson Christopher and his wife Diane, grandson Andrew, step-granddaughter Alex Hardin, great grandson Christopher Jr., and the rest of her extended family mentioned above.
Jean was known for her smile and her warm kindness, something she shared with others even in her final days.
Jean will be interred next to Fred at Venice Cemetery in Cecil, PA. A celebration of her life will be held in the spring in Bridgeville.