Marjorie Jean Zateeny (nee Noble) passed away on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bartonsville. Jean, as she was called, was born March 22, 1923 in Gillingham Barracks, Chatham, Kent, England. She was the fourth child and only daughter of Harry James Noble and Caroline Rose (Wheeler) Noble.
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In 1943, while working in her family’s pub, The Sceptre in Romsey, Hampshire, she met an American serviceman, Myron J. Zateeny, who was stationed in England with the U.S. Army. The Army was in the country at that time preparing for D-Day the following year. During the war years, Jean served as a member of the neighborhood Air Raid Patrol, which patrolled the local streets at night to ensure that black-out curtains were properly used by her fellow British subjects. She also worked in the local Food Office which managed the complexities of war-time rationing for civilians.
Jean and Myron married in April 1944 at St. Osmond’s Roman Catholic Church in Salisbury. After the war ended, Jean came to America, arriving July 4, 1946, along with thousands of other European war brides on special transport ships provided by the U.S. government. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1951. She loved her adopted country as much as her native one.
Jean and Myron settled in Stroudsburg, PA where they had two daughters who survive, Kathryn Shumaker (Jay), and Deborah Zateeny. They celebrated 59 years of marriage prior to Myron’s death in 2003.
In addition to her daughters and son-in-law, Jean is survived by four grandchildren and their spouses: Andrea Shumaker; Laura Shumaker Ziegler (Dan); Alexander Madva (Katherine Gasdaglis); Elizabeth Madva (Gregory McDermott). Jean is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Eva, Charlotte, Anna, Wyatt, Adam, and Sarah, and by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews on both sides of the Atlantic, all of whom were devoted to her. She was preceded in death by her four brothers, Harry, Norman, Ivor, and Jack Noble.
Jean had many hobbies, especially knitting and crocheting. She made many treasures for family members. One of her afghans won a prize at the West End Fair. She also was a beautiful writer and her letters will remain family heirlooms.
Jean will be missed more than words can say. The family will grieve in private with no public viewing or funeral. The Joseph J. Pula Funeral Home, Inc. 23 N 9th Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360 is assisting the family with arrangements.