Jean A. (Class) Devlin, daughter of John T. and Eleanor (Cuff) was born on December 26, 1930 in New Effington, SD and passed away on January 7, 2016 in Sioux Falls, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Monday, January 11 at 10:30 a.m. There will be visitation at Miller Funeral Home Downtown beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 10 with a Liturgical Wake Service at 7:00. On-Line Condolences may be left at Miller Funeral Home.
After moving to Sioux Falls as a teenager, Jean graduated from Cathedral High School in 1948. She married John B. Devlin on April 22, 1955 in Sioux Falls. After her children had grown, she went back to school and studied to be a nurse. She worked at both Sioux Valley and McKennan Hospitals, and as a home care nurse until her retirement. She was a member of St. Joseph Cathedral Parish and sang in the funeral choir for many years. Jean loved cooking, family gatherings, and wedding dances. Most of all, however, she adored each of her grandchildren.
Jean dedicated her life to caring for others. Professionally, she trained as a nurse where she worked diligently to ensure the health of the inflicted. Personally, she cared for her family and her community. A “North End mother,” Jean opened her home to children from the entire neighborhood, and she watched out for everyone. Maternal and loving, she dressed scrapes and cuts, and kissed many bruises. Her love did not stop there, as she always made sure that everyone was properly fed, too. Simply put, Jean absolutely loved caring for others.
She will be greatly missed by her husband; her five children, Tim (Lynn), John (Mary), Dan (Jill), all of Sioux Falls, Mary Zakrzewski of O’Neill, NE, and Vince (Julie) of Dell Rapids; grandchildren, Beau Devlin, Ben Devlin, Bridget A. O’Toole, John F. Devlin, Dustin Devlin, Stacy Devlin, Sarah Devlin, Jean Zakrzewski, Paula Zakrzewski, Jeff Devlin, Michelle Devlin, and Rachel Devlin; and 13 great-grandchildren; her brother, John “Jack” Class of Kingman, AZ and her sister, Judy (Thomas) Coleman of Baltimore, MD. She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Jim, Joyce and Joe; an infant sister, June; her son-in-law Dave; and two great-grandchildren, Boston and Jeff.