Jean McNeill Landy was born December 20, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY to Daniel and Irene
McNeill. She had one older brother, Gerard McNeill, with whom she was very close. Jean
attended Catholic school throughout her formative years in Jamaica, NY and graduated from
Dominican Commercial High School where she was active in multiple organizations including
the Legion of Mary, the Glee Club, and the Drama Club. It was during her time in the Legion of
Mary that Jean developed what became a lifelong dedication to the Blessed Virgin Mother.
Throughout her years as a wife and mother, Jean instilled in her children a true love for the
Roman Catholic faith and in particular, a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, through the
witness of her faith she lived everyday.
Upon graduating from Dominican Commercial, she joined Typographical Union #6 where
she honed her secretarial skills. Jean went on to work until the age of 65 as an executive
Throughout her lifetime, Jean had many passions: growing in her Catholic faith,
spending time with and hosting family and friends, volunteering, traveling, acting, knitting,
sewing, cooking, bowling, camping, reading, and darts. Within her St. Mary Magdalen
community, she was active in St. Theresa’s Circle and the Council of Catholic Women. While
living in the Lake of the Woods Community, Jean was a competitive member of the dart league.
She was also active in the Sunshine Committee (the social committee), Peace Makers (quilting
club), acted in several community plays, and took part in volunteer work.
In 1958, Jean met and fell in love with Bert Landy at a “Lamp Post Dance”. After
courting for a year, they married in September of 1959. Together they lovingly reared four
children (Tom, John, Ken, and Barbara) and instilled in them all a love for the Roman Catholic
In 1990, Bert passed away after a lengthy illness. Despite this setback, Jean’s strong
faith enabled her to carry on her duties as the matriarch of the family. She went on to become
the BEST “Grandy” to seven grandchildren and as of May 2020 one great-grandchild.
If you asked Jean’s grandchildren what they loved most about her, it would be
impossible to pick just one thing. Her home was always filled with endless hugs, secret
handshakes, and love, from a huge smile and greeting as soon as you entered her home to
waves down the driveway when goodbyes were due. Grandy’s house always smelled of the
best London Broil and fresh dinner rolls. She kept a large, glass cookie jar filled with salted
pretzels and had an endless supply of black licorice that she would allow you to sneak before
dinner. She made this delicious and mysterious “pink stuff” every Thanksgiving. She took
HOURS to meticulously pick out the perfect gifts for each grandchild for every holiday (from
Christmas to Easter) without ever asking for anything but a hug and a kiss in return. She wrote
so many birthday cards where every single word was filled with intention and love. She
attended First Communions, sports games, plays, recitals, award banquets and graduations.
She created photo albums to celebrate the lives and successes of each of her children and
grandchildren. As Grandy’s grandchild, you knew nothing but love, compassion, understanding,
and mercy. As Grandy’s grandchild you witnessed the love and mercy that she learned through
her devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary...the very same love and compassion that Mary shows
to those devout to her.
For Jean’s children, she was the embodiment of unconditional love. No mistake was
ever too big and no failure was ever too great. Those things were just parts of life that everyone
learns from. Our mother’s love and mercy were always there, supporting us and comforting us
when we needed it most. It was through the gift of Mom’s enduring love that we have all caught
a glimpse of how very much we are loved by our Heavenly Father. So fortunate we have all
been to be blessed not only with Mom’s motherly love, but also with a beautiful friendship that
she had with each and every one of us. Mom was mother, confidant, advisor, teacher,
chauffeur, organizer, cheerleader, consoler, friend, disciplinarian and prayer warrior. She wore
through numerous rosaries throughout her lifetime through the countless prayers she offered for
so many others and was never without her rosary beads. Jean lived a life of sacrificial love,
always seeking to help others by giving of herself wherever and whenever she could. Jean left
a legacy through her faith, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild.
Visitation is Wednesday, September 2, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions (Winter Park Chapel).
Mass of Christian Burial is Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 12pm at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 861 Maitland Avenue, Altamonte Springs, FL.