Jean Adair Wosinski of Corning, NY, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 4, 2021 in her home at age 89.
Jean was an advocate for historical preservation, environmentalism, science, and human rights along with being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was born in San Diego, California, grew up in Silver Springs, Maryland, and graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio with a degree in geology. She worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington, D.C. and Providence, Rhode Island and moved to Corning in 1958 with her husband, John F. Wosinski, when he took a position at Corning Glass Works. While in Corning, she was active in the community as a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), as a geology instructor at Corning Community College, as a member and then Chair of the Planning Board of the Town of Hornby, as a participant on the City of Corning Historic Preservation Commission, on the Board of Corning Area Aging in Place, as a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Big Flats, as a member of The Memorial Society of the Greater Corning Area, as a docent at The Rockwell Museum, and as a volunteer with Corning Meals On Wheels.
Jean played a significant role in Corning's historic preservation with a particular focus on Market Street, the Centerway Memorial Bridge, the World War Memorial Library, the Benjamin Patterson Inn, and Old City Hall. She saw great beauty and potential in the City of Corning and made it her life's work to help others see it, and for the empowered to act on it.
Jean is survived by her son, Wes, of Luxembourg, his wife, Carmen, their daughters, Mariah and Michelle, her brother, Gordon Smith, and his extended family.
At Jean's request, there will be no formal service. Please remember her by taking a walk down Market Street. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Corning Meals on Wheels. You may leave a remembrance or express a condolence to the family at RememberJeanWosinski@gmail.com
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