Born: Thu., Jul. 7, 1927
Died: Wed., May 10, 2017


4:30 PM to 5:30 PM, Fri., May 19, 2017
Location: Franklin Park Conservatory

Celebration of Life

5:30 PM Fri., May 19, 2017
Location: Franklin Park Conservatory

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Jean Sanford Lundstedt, age 89, met Jesus face to face, May 10, 2017.

Jean loved everyone.  She opened our eyes to see the grand beauty in little things.  Along with flowers, singing and dancing, she loved adventure whether at home or abroad.

She taught "Adventures in Writing" for 35 years through Worthington Parks and Recreation.  She provided a safe place where people could express themselves freely.

She journeyed through her life with people at the Unitarian Church, Unity, North Community Lutheran Church, Columbus International Program, the Scandinavian Club, the Ohio State University Women's Club and more.  She concluded her life worshiping Jesus with people of Westminster-Thurber and Vineyard Columbus "Generations" home group. She sang and praised him even on the eve of her death.

Preceded in death by husband Sven, daughter Margaret, brother Sandy and sister-in-law Marian.  

Survived in order of birth by brother, David and sister-in-law Raquel; children, Peter Lundstedt and Janet Keller; grandsons, Daniel Keller and David Keller; nephews, Ken Sanford and Richard Sanford (Deanna); and nieces, Dianne Costa (Frank), Debbie Eagleton (John), Denny Parker (Austin); and their families.  She loved them all.

Memorial to be held May 19, 2017 at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203.  Light reception 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. to be followed by Celebration of Jean's life including walks in the Community Garden Campus until 10:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of Jean's favorite charities:
World Vision International (
Franklin Park Conservatory (
Westminster-Thurber fund for those in need (

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Robert K Shield
   Posted Fri May 12, 2017
Janet, Words cannot express nor convey my feelings right now. I'm sad for you and your family and all of us who knew your mom. At the same time though, I have to say that your mother had a wonderful life on her own terms with no regrets. Thoughts of your mom inevitably lead me to smiles and laughter. You and David are her very best legacy. Much much love and affection to you both.

Lori Smith
   Posted Fri May 12, 2017
My deepest sympathies. It appears she loved life and embraced it to the very end. Such a blessing.

Inge R Guttmann
   Posted Sun May 14, 2017
My sincerest sympathy to all those left behind. Jean has been an inspiration to me and many others. She is sorely missed by all who ever came in contact with her.

Mary Bonneau
   Posted Mon May 15, 2017
My sincere condolences! I became a better writer because of Jean ... what a lovely soul she was!

Bill and Molly Davis
   Posted Mon May 15, 2017
Dear Janet,
Sending you sympathy of your mom's passing--and of your sister Peggy's passing, which we only learned in Jean's obituary notice at this site. As neighbors to your mom and dad years ago, we learned so much from them. Later, we enjoyed dinners with your mom at Westminster. She had boundless joy and a great love for others--a great teacher to all.
With sympathy and kindest regards,
Bill and Molly Davis

Carmen Ator
   Posted Thu May 18, 2017
Goodbye, blithe spirit = you are loved and appreciated.

Lola Butler
   Posted Fri May 19, 2017
Janet we are so sorry to learn of your mom's passing. Jean had such a loving, "reaching out" and "gathering" spirit. I got to know her first and most as my China roommate - an experience that changed us both forever. She will always be greatly loved. Lola & Jim Butler

Jeffrey P. Gerstein
   Posted Fri May 19, 2017
Although I may not be able to be physically present for your Memorial and Celebration of Life, I wish to say "thank you" for being my muse and mentor in the "Adventures in Writing" for many years. You had opened up my life for the past, present and future. You will always be in my heart and thoughts.
Rest in peace.......Jeffrey

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