Jeanette had a deep admiration for the Blessed Mother Teresa. She embroidered a sign reading "SSh, I’m talking to God” and mailed this to Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa wrote a personal letter to Jeanette which included a “business card” which Jeanette had generously given out to anyone she would meet. In recognition of Mother Teresa’s 87th birthday Jeanette had a large poster made with birthday wishes and signed by many generous donors contributing to the missionary Sisters of Calcutta.
Her deep devotion and tireless efforts for promotion of the rosary came to fruition in 1987. Jeanette was affectionately known as the “Mother of the Living Rosary.” She was inspired to do something special for the Blessed Mother when Pope John Paul II declared the Marion Year. Jeanette organized a committee to establish the Living Rosary, under the leadership of the late Bishop John Mulcahy and Rev. John F. Leonard. The first one was held in October of 1987 in the Lynn Commons where approximately 3,000 people attended. Since that time, the Living Rosary has been held every month for 27 years in various churches in the North Shore area. The annual Living Rosary is held in October in St. Mary’s Church in Lynn.
Being involved with activities was only one part of her life. She was especially happy when she was with her beloved family. She enjoyed babysitting, cooking and baking for them. Known for her talents in sewing, knitting and crocheting, Mrs. Kallery found time to present her grandchildren with her finest handiwork.
She is survived by her daughter, Elaine Faith Donovan of Lynn; her daughters-in-law, Joan Donovan of Lynn, Georgia Kallery of MO; her grandchildren, Michael and his wife, Laurie, of Lynn, Brian and his wife, Sharon, of Hamilton, MA, Paul and his wife, Patti, of Salem, Sean and his wife, Deidre, of Lynnfield, David Kallery and his wife, Patricia, of CO, Edward and his wife, Jennifer, of MO, Katie and her husband, Gary, of MO; along with 15 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was the Mother of the late Joseph “Don” Donovan and David Kallery; sister of the late Chester Swenscki, Irene Ruddock and Shirley Swencka. She also leaves her faithful family dog, Daisy Mae. The family wishes to thank the entire staff of Life Care Center in Lynn for their outstanding love, care and comfort afforded to Jeanette and her family.