On Saturday April 23, 2022, Jean Marie Waldorf, loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, Mimi , and friend to many, passed away in her home at the age of 61. She fought a courageous, gracious battle with cancer, with no complaints and full of unwavering faith.
Jean was born in Washington, D.C. to Tom and Martha Reppert on May 24, 1960 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She grew up in Brandywine, Maryland, where her love of nature began. Spending hours exploring in the woods and riding her horse were among her favorite activities.
After graduating Gwynn Park High School in 1979, her family moved to Kettering, Maryland, where she met the love of her life, Jim Waldorf. They married three years later and raised three children - Lauren (married to Brendan Mendenhall), Aaron (married to Alexandra Czaplicki), and Brian (married to Erin Berg).
Jean’s love for nature and God’s creation inspired hours of joyful work gardening and cultivating a beautiful yard. She was never afraid to get her hands dirty and was most happy with grass clippings on her feet and a hose in her hand on a hot summer day. She loved the beach and the mountains. Kayaking the Cacapon River from family property in West Virginia or from her beloved mother-in-law Doris Conrad's home on Holt Lake, North Carolina always thrilled her.
Crafting, quilting and the arts brought her so much joy. She loved to visit art galleries with her family. Over the years, she built an epic craft room which became her happy place. She loved to create cards and collages for people she cared about and despite her humble retorts, was a naturally talented painter. Her intricate love of jazz lives on in her daughter and grandchildren.
She kept a warm, welcoming home and was an excellent host, something that will live on through her children and future generations.
A life-long student herself, she had a passion for teaching and was a beloved science and history teacher at the Severn Run Classical Christan Homeschool Academy in Millersville, Maryland.
Her family and children always came first. She ceaselessly exhibited a servant’s heart. She adored her children and was over the moon for her granddaughters Eva and Felicity Mendenhall. Most importantly, she loved the Lord Jesus Christ. She was a long time member of Belcroft Bible Church in Bowie MD. We are comforted and joyful in the knowledge that she is healed and whole in her eternal home, received by God’s grace, through her faith, as a good and faithful servant.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center or the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in her name.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”