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Jeanne S. Wei, née Lee, 90 of Farmington, CT passed away peacefully on February 11, 2017 in the presence of her family. She was the beloved wife of the late Luis Te-Li Wei and is survived by their six children - Martin Wei and wife Beatrice, Yvonne Moser and husband Michael, Teresa Luke and husband Barry, Rosa Chow and husband Peter, Maria Mohr and husband Michael, and Alfonso Wei and wife Mary - as well as twelve grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Jeanne was born Lee Shu-Chuan on August 3, 1926 to Lee Shiu-Dung and Tam Kun in the former Portuguese colony of Macau on China's southern coast. Her grandfather, Lee Kum Sheung, founded the world-famous oyster sauce company Lee Kum Kee in 1888. As a teenager, Jeanne left Macau to attend nursing school in Guangdong, China, smuggling herself on a boat past occupying Japanese forces. As World War II spread throughout China, Jeanne and her fellow nursing students and teachers were forced to flee invading Japanese forces. In 1944, Jeanne's nursing unit joined a detachment of the U.S. Office of Strategic Services in Guangdong cooperating with Chinese Nationalist guerillas. It was there that she met her future husband, Luis, a native of Guangxi Province. After the war ended, Jeanne and Luis married on May 12, 1946 and settled briefly in Guangdong before escaping the Chinese civil war for the British colony of Hong Kong in 1949. In 1954, Jeanne and Luis immigrated to Taiwan with their growing family, where Luis worked as a mechanical engineer with the U.S. Naval Auxiliary Communications Center. Seeking a better life for their children, the family made the long, arduous sea voyage across the Indian Ocean around the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, and across the Atlantic Ocean to São Paolo, Brazil - Luis first in 1963, followed by Jeanne with their six children in 1964. In 1967, with the help of Luis and Jeanne's wartime commander John Alsop and his wife Gussie (formerly of Avon, CT), the family immigrated to the United States. They settled in Newington, CT, becoming U.S. citizens in 1972. In 1975, their children having moved away for college, work, and marriage, Jeanne and Luis returned to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where Luis worked as a District Engineer for the Electro-Motive division of General Motors. Upon his retirement in 1984, Jeanne and Luis returned to the United States for good, living in Martinsville, Indiana and Ashland, Massachusetts before settling in Farmington, CT in 1999. Throughout Jeanne's storied life, she found great solace and strength in Jesus Christ and the Roman Catholic faith. She cultivated a passion for oil painting - especially landscapes - and traditional Chinese calligraphy, as well as gardening. Amongst her family and friends, Jeanne's cooking was famous, and her steamed Chinese roast pork buns attracted a particularly loyal following. Above all, though, Jeanne will be remembered for her kindness, her boundless generosity, and her loving devotion to her family - a devotion that spanned three continents and nine decades. A private memorial service will be held for Jeanne's family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeanne's memory to a charity of your choice. The Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center of Avon is caring for the arrangements.

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