Monday 15 November 2021
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Jean Allen-Yannotti, 61, of Exeter, died on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, after a courageous and valiant long battle with breast cancer.
For over 20 years she was the companion of Robert Zwolinski of Exeter and the former wife of the late Michael Yannotti, who passed away in 1998.
Born on August 7, 1960, Jean was one of four children born to the late John R. and Claire E. (Spencer) Allen. She is survived by her brother Jack Allen and sister Joyce Tindle.
For much of her career, Jean worked as a special education educator. She was proud to play an active role in helping young people and went home every day knowing she had made a difference in the lives of her students. Jean most recently worked in the Dining Services at New England Tech.
Through her own experiences fighting cancer, Jean was a staunch supporter of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and the work they do for the benefit of others. She was also an advocate for breast cancer awareness and championing others in their struggle.
In her spare time, Jean liked to spend time outdoors, often camping and lounging on the beach. She took advantage of the beauty of New England by taking many road trips to explore the area, her favorite destination being Bar Harbor, Maine. Jean was also a proud member of Steelers Nation for being a devoted fan of the NFL team, Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jean was a free spirit even during her toughest days in the fight against cancer. Jean will be remembered for her positive attitude and the impact she left on many.
Besides her longtime companion, Jean is survived by her two proud children: Michael Yannotti and his wife Leanne and Alicia Yannotti and her significant other Michael Murray; her beautiful granddaughter: Charlotte Yannotti; her two siblings, and also cherished cousins.
Besides her husband and parents, Jean is predeceased by her brother: Jim Allen and many other friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Jean’s memorial visit, Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Iannotti Funeral Home at Maple Root, 2000 Nooseneck Hill Rd., (Rt. 3), Coventry.
Words of Remembrance begins immediately at 1:30 PM at the funeral home.
All family and friends are invited to Tavern on the Hill in West Greenwich after for a Celebration of Life
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