Lynn — Mrs. Jeanette J. (Swencka) Donovan Kallery, died January 6, at the Life Care Center of the North Shore at the age of 101. She was born in Lynn on July 4, the daughter of the late Anthony and Sadie (Obidzienska) Swencki and the wife of the late Joseph J. Donovan and Frank T. Kallery.
She was a graduate of Lynn English High School in 1930; she continued her education with a certificate from the Plus School in IBM Keypunch in 1996. Upon graduation from high school Jeanette had been employed by Hoague-Sprague Corporation of Lynn and Worcester. She and her first husband, Joseph, and son, Don, resided in Worcester where she worked in her husband’s job while he served in World War II. Following her retirement and return back to Lynn, she became a cook for both St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s Rectories.
Mrs. Kallery was honored for a lifetime award for her achievements, including the introduction of the first Girl Scout Troop to St. Michael’s Parish. She recruited adult leaders to assist her. At age 93, she was the longest president of the Holy Rosary Sodality at St. Michael’s the Archangel Church in Lynn. Jeanette had devotion to the Sacred Heart and introduced the Divine Mercy Devotion in her church. She was longtime member of the Infant of Prague Guild serving as president. Jeanette was also a member of the Ecumenical Catholic Women’s Group, the Polish Legion of American Veterans, Ladies Auxiliary, Chapter #56 where she was awarded the Woman of the Year in 2008, member of the Shoe City Lions Club, member of the Lynn Democratic Committee and Past President of the St. Michael’s retirees. Mrs. Kallery took Spanish lessons at age 93, in order to teach the Hispanic community English as a second language.
Along with being a community activist, Mrs. Kallery was a devoted communicant of St. Michael’s Polish Church in Lynn until its closing and Sacred Heart Church in Lynn. She and her late husband, Frank, started a volunteer group at St. Michael’s to assist in the care cleaning of the church. Her faith brought her to two important events in her life.