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1 of 12 | Posted by: Jill Zimmerman - Charleston, SC

“Dear Conrad, Danielle and family,My heart is with you at this time. I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Jean for her lovely presence...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Monica Eng - Lostine, OR - Friend

“Jean was a remarkable lady, as notable for her grace as she was for her strength and independence. She will be missed and her memory treasured. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Dorothy and Bob - Charleston, SC

“We were privilaged to know Jean through our neighbors, David Festa and Suzanne Burrows. We always looked forward to Conrad and Jean's visits to...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Stan and Judy Cooper - CA

“We're so sorry for the loss of your beloved and remarkable wife of 64 years. We send love to you and your family at this heartbreaking time. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Pam and Louis Tisdale - SC

“I loved Jean when she and I were at the CofC. She was an enlightened friend and mentor. Sending comfort to Conrad and Dani and family. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Marge Humphreys - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Jean was an amazing person who meant so much to me growing up. She made everyone feel so special and gave so much to so many. My sympathies to the...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Peggy Plaine Henderson - Norfolk, VA

“So sorry for your loss, Dr. Festa and Family. Sincerely,Nancy Evans Allegood ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“I will remember Jean as a beautiful, strong, graceful woman with independent spirit and caring heart. My deepest condolences to you and your family,...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Virginia Friedman

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: GLENDA BEHRENS - MT. PLEASANT, SC

“What an honor to have had Jean in my life and on the earth. She set a standard for kindness that isn't easily obtained. I cut jeans hair recently and...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Cindy Sutton - Charleston, SC

“My condolences to the Festa family. May the memories of your loved one and God's love sustain your family during this most difficult time as you...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

Jean Festa, age 86, died peacefully after a short illness, surrounded by her family, on Monday, November 19, 2018. Jean is survived by her husband of 64 years Conrad Festa. She is also survived by her children, Rachel Anne Fleming, David and his wife Suzanne Burrows, Andrew and Daniel, and her grandchildren, Danielle Festa and Samuel, Sarah Jean, and Jonah Fleming.

Jean loved life and followed her passions but her first priority was family. Underneath a loving and warm disposition was an unwavering devotion to her family. She instilled that strong will, along with a love of other people, and independent outlook on life to her children.

All those who knew Jean knew she loved the outdoors and physical fitness. She visited nearly 40 countries, some multiple times, and, at 86, was still eager for more. At 48, Jean went on the first of three Outward Bound physically challenging expeditions. She hiked Machu Picchu in Peru, trekked in Nepal, rode camels in Morocco, and once sneaked into a tiger preserve to spend the night in a tree hoping to see one of the great cats.

Well before it was fashionable, Jean grasped the connection between food, exercise and well-being. Her children remember her making yogurt, going to farmers' roadside stands, and refusing to have high-sugar or processed foods in the house.

Jean also loved the arts. Charleston's extravaganza of theater and music, Spoleto, was a favorite of hers. Ultimately, it was Jeans openness of spirit, genuine concern for others and enthusiasm for life that most defined her.

There is an unfillable hole in the lives of those who called her wife, mom, and friend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to The Environmental Defense Fund, 123 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Her Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held Saturday, January 19, 2019 in the College of Charleston Alumni Memorial Hall, Randolph Hall Building, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424.