Obituary

Jean Friedrichs McCann

Today we do not mourn, but rejoice for our beloved sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend has gone to be with her Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.


A devoted Christian, she was a warm and generous woman, known for her ability to stay in touch with friends and loved ones through letters, cards, and thoughtful gifts. Jean experienced a miraculous, instantaneous healing in 1976, which restored use of her significantly damaged right arm.


She had a tremendous artistic gift that emerged in childhood and developed through the years. Before she married the love of her life, she graduated from SUNY Farmingdale College with a degree in Commercial Art. She continued growing professionally by later attending SUNY Binghamton, MaryWood College and Empire State College. An organized and detail-oriented person, she excelled as a student and earned multiple awards and degrees, including an MFA and a PhD in Fine Arts. Over the years she studied with individual artists, exploring oil painting, pen and ink, and especially watercolor. One of her cherished nicknames was Dr. Mom. Her art is held in both private and public collections and is available on display here.


Jean’s biography is published in Who’s Who in American Women, as well as in other publications.


She was predeceased by her parents Catherine Ward and Herbert Joseph Friedrichs; four sisters: Marjorie Ann Chrisman (George), Rosemary Patricia Spiegler (Robert), Ruth Florence Young (George), and Carol Ann Wright;loved brother-in-law Anthony Grillo; and amazing son-in-law, Gary Breslin.

Jean is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, William J. McCann; her sister, Judith Faith Grillo; her loved brother-in-law, William Wright; her precious sons and their wives: Kevin and Melissa, Brian and Stacey, Bill and Clare, Jim and Michelle, Denis and Heather; her beloved daughters, Maureen Breslin and Kathleen; and  19 grandchildren: Kelly Rose and Joshua Hite, Morgan, Liam, Lindsay, Brandon, Sara, Ian, Sean and Matthew Breslin, Molly and Daniel Rodriguez, Abigail, Audrey, Katherine, Ruth, Taylor, Kelley, Hannah, Joseph, and Margaret. Also she is survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews and treasured friends – too many to count.


She donated her body to the University of Rochester Anatomical program in the hope of helping others. In keeping with her wishes, her family and friends will celebrate her life during a memorial service at a later date.

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The artist

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Learn more about the artist Jean Friedrichs McCann.

The gallery

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 See original artwork by Jean Friedrichs McCann.

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