Jeannette Moser Angelbeck passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 in Darien at the age of 87.
She was born on March 5, 1934 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, where as a young girl she enjoyed ice skating, and liked to dance and play the harmonica. Jeannette also loved hiking and was a Girl Scout.
On Jan. 4, 1944, when Jeannette was almost 10 years old, her hometown was bombed while she was on a class trip. This memory of World War II and others stuck with Jeannette her whole life.
Jeannette studied at Schaffhausen College, The Polytechnic in London and the University of Cambridge. She graduated from the University of Geneva in 1956. In the fall of 1957 Jeannette immigrated to the United States. She spoke four languages and her first job in the United States was as a translator for R. W. Pressprich & Co. in New York City.
She took evening courses at the New York Institute of Finance and enjoyed a successful career on Wall Street, including 13 years at Bache & Co., Inc. She started her own investment advisory firm in 1975 and retired in 2011.
Jeannette married Albert Wolcott Angelbeck in October 1974. They were married 41 years until Al passed away, which happened to be exactly five years before Jeannette’s passing.
She gained United States citizenship in 1991. Jeannette was very proud to be a U.S. citizen and loved celebrating the Fourth of July on Block Island, watching the parade and the fireworks. It was the highlight of her summers.
Jeannette was an accomplished skier and sailor and enjoyed gardening and reading. She was known to read a book a day on holidays; mysteries were her favorite. She loved to give books as gifts and her grandchildren cherish the books she gave them. She loved to travel, especially back to Switzerland to see her sister and nieces. She and Al met while traveling in Guadalupe.
Jeannette is survived by her son, Christoph, and daughter-in-law, Alyssa, and grandchildren Ella and Teddy of Darien, as well as her sister, Charlotte Häfeli, goddaughter and niece, Jeannette Häfeli, and niece, Alexandra Moser, all of whom live in Switzerland.
The family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Maplewood who cared for Jeannette over the past five years and the staff of Constellation Hospice.
Her immediate family will bury Jeannette with a graveside service next to Al on Block Island, Rhode Island. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Jeannette’s name to Doctors without Borders, a charity that was important to her.
— an obituary from Mulyran Funeral Home, where online condolences may be left