Jean Hansen Watson, 77, of Wolcott passed away peacefully while surrounded by the love of her family at home on Thursday, December 23, 2021. She was the widow of James H. Watson Sr. Jean was born in Waterbury, January 8, 1944, the daughter of the late Theodore and Ruth (Ringenberg) Hansen.
Jean was a graduate of The Waterbury Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1964. She spent the early portion of her career as a private duty RN at Waterbury Hospital. She then moved over to St. Mary’s Hospital where she worked on the Ortho/ Neuro and Pedi unit for 18 years before her retirement. Jean also volunteered for Wolcott Ambulance at one time.
Always a devoted police supporter, Jean and her husband, former Wolcott Police Chief Watson, were members of the Blue Knights of CT, Chapter 1. She was the first female motorcycle rider for that chapter. She and Jim went on many vacations on their motorcycle. In their earlier years, Jean and her family would vacation in their “Pop-Up” camper. Many laughs and wonderful memories were made as a family.
Jean was a very talented seamstress. When she married the love of her life, Jim, in 1964, she sewed her gown as well as the bridesmaid’s gowns. She created her daughter Diane’s bridal party gowns as well. She also crafted an Army Nurse Doll that was on display in the Waterbury Hospital lobby for many years.
Family meant everything to Jean, especially spending time with her grandson Brandon. She enjoyed doing crosswords, playing along with TV Jeopardy, Sudoku and gardening. Jean’s life was one of caring for others whether as a loving mother, grandmother and wife or as a nurse caring for the sick. She dedicated her time and talents for the betterment of her community, friends and family. May she rest in peace now having joined her beloved husband Jim in eternity.
Left to cherish her love and memory are her son James Watson Jr. of Waterbury, daughter Diane Watson of Wolcott and grandson Brandon of Wolcott as well as her brother Donald Hansen of Prospect. Jean was predeceased by her husband Jim and beloved daughter Christine Watson.
Friends and family may visit with Jean’s family on Sunday, January 9, 2022 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at Prospect Memorial/ The Palmerie Family Funeral Home, 72 Waterbury Rd., Prospect followed by a memorial service. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Prospect Memorial/ The Palmerie Family Funeral Home is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable atmosphere for our clients to memorialize their loved ones and receive guests. Masks are required at all times within our building regardless of vaccination status.
In lieu of flowers and in honor of Jean’s dedication to nursing, if you so choose, please honor our medical personnel and first responders in some small act of kindness.