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Jean Thayer Meston

November 22, 1947 — October 7, 2023

Bryn Mawr

Jean Thayer Meston


Jean Thayer Meston

With heavy hearts, we say goodbye to Jean Thayer Meston, who passed away on October 7, 2023. She was born on November 22, 1947 in Rush, NY and made her home in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Predeceased by her husband Elwood Schmidt (of 29 years), parents John and Marcia Meston, and nephews David Nenno and Robi Banerjee. Jean is survived by her step-children Karen (Timothy) Lander, Eric (Ann) Taylor-Schmidt, Mark (Kathy) Schmidt, siblings Marcia Banerjee, Shirley Meston, and Lawrence (Jane) Meston, as well as six grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and countless friends who she considered among her chosen family.

To know Jean, was to love her. She was warm, genuine, and loving, with an enthusiasm for life and people that was unparalleled. She spent her career of 40+ years as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Psychotherapist, helping countless people throughout her long career. She was always learning and broadening her experience and knowledge, both professionally and personally, and shared that richness with all who knew her.

Throughout her life, Jean was passionate about social justice and actively supported several causes that were close to her heart. She led by example and refused to sit on the sidelines.

Jean will be dearly missed by all who knew her. A service will be held at Gladwyne Presbyterian Church 1321 Beaumont Dr, Gladwyne, PA 19035 on Saturday November 4th, 2023 at 11:00 am to remember and celebrate her life.

Interment will be private in Rush, New York.

For people wishing to do so, donations can be made in her memory to: 

Natural Lands Trust, a non-profit organization that saves open space, cares for nature, and connects people to the outdoors in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. (

The Fund for Women and Girls, Chester County, that leads and unites the community through philanthropy and advocacy to ensure that women and girls have resources and opportunities to thrive. (

Or other charitable organization of your choice.
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Past Services

Memorial Service

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Gladwyne Presbyterian Church

1321 Beaumont Dr, Gladwyne, PA 19035

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