Jean Elaine Mattausch, 91, of Bremerton, passed away May 14, 2013. A memorial service was held at the Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on June 14.
Jean was born September 4, 1921 in Chicago to William and Laura Thompson and grew up on the family apple orchard near Kenosha, WI. After graduating from high school, she studied nursing at the Milwaukee County Hospital, graduating as an RN in 1945. She then joined the Army and served on hospital ships in both oceans. Transferring to the Air Force in 1950, she served as a flight nurse, rising to the rank of Captain. She made over 200 flights bringing wounded servicemen home from Japan during the Korean War.
She left the service in 1955 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree from the University of Colorado in 1960.
On August 20, 1960, she married Frank Mattausch and moved to Bremerton. She remained active in nursing in the Red Cross and was a co-founder of Hospice of Kitsap County, where she served as a volunteer nurse for many years. She enjoyed skiing, golf, gardening and traveling the world.
Survivors include her husband, Frank; son, Barry; sister, Lucille Conde; brother, Charles Thompson; two step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Thompson.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kitsap County, PO Box 3416, Silverdale, WA 98383.