Obituary: Jean Dininny Visscher 1929-2023


Jean Visscher was born March 1929 in Elmira, NY, and died November 5, 2023 in Colorado Springs, CO. She was the daughter of Robert and Elsie (Woodford) Dininny and grew up in Susquehanna, PA. After high school and secretarial school, she worked at Hartwick College, Cornell University and the University of Maryland. She met her future husband Bill Visscher at Cornell where he was a physics graduate student. 

Jean and Bill married in 1951 and they were together over 69 years. They moved to Los Alamos, NM in 1956 where Jean worked at the County of Los Alamos in various capacities. She was part of the Art and Public Places board and the planning committee which culminated in the building of the library, swimming pool and senior center in Los Alamos. She was an active member of the United Church and the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos for many years. 

Jean was an avid bridge player and also enjoyed gardening, music, needlework, reading, playing games and doing crossword puzzles. In retirement, Bill and Jean enjoyed traveling in the US and internationally to many places including Canada, Europe, South America, the Panama Canal, Egypt and China as well as two bicycle trips along the Danube River. At their cabin near Creede, CO, they enjoyed time with family and friends as well as hiking and going to many community theatre productions. Her family will always remember her for her caring nature, intelligence and seemingly endless energy. 

Jean was preceded in death by her husband Bill, her parents Robert and Elsie Dininny, sisters Pat and Janet and brothers Dick and Jerry. She is survived by her four children: Wendy Visscher (Cindy) of Gainesville, FL; Judy Henderson (Cooper) of Artesia, NM; James Visscher (Valentina) of Lake Forest Park, WA and Jonathan Visscher (Donna) of Colorado Springs, CO as well as six grandchildren: Bryan and Britni (Judy); Arianna and Marieke (James) and Hailey and Lindsey (Jonathan). She had six great-grandchildren: Charis, Annabelle, Emmeline, L.G., Hudson and Hallie. Jean is also survived by her brother Robert Dininny of Albion, MI, along with several other family members. 

Arrangements have been made by Swan-Law Funeral Directors of Colorado Springs. A private memorial service is planned. For those who wish to honor her memory, the family suggests donations be made to Heifer International, Habitat for Humanity or a favorite charity organization of choice