Obituaries of Jeanne Harriet and August George Fromuth
On August 20, 2022, Jeanne Harriet Morrow Fromuth and August George Fromuth Jr. were buried together at Fallsington Quaker Meeting Cemetery in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. They spent their final years close to family in the Pacific Northwest, where at age 96, Jeanne died in Portland, Oregon on December 18, 2021, and August (Gus) in Olympia, Washington on March 15, 2014, in the age of 91. When Gus died, the couple lived most of their lives in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, raising four sons and becoming beloved members of their Quaker meeting in Historic Fallsington.
Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on October 24, 1925, Jeanne was the daughter of John Albert Morrow and Harriet Shoppe Morrow. The loss of Jeanne’s father to illness at the start of the Great Depression left such hardship that she and her baby brother Jack lived in an orphanage for most of their childhood while their mother Harriet worked. as a janitor, then as a secretary, to make ends meet.
Jeanne’s inability to afford a formal college degree as a young woman did little to dampen her lifelong passion for learning. Taking college classes wherever she and Gus traveled, she was an avid and omnivorous student, especially of literature, art, writing, and music. Above all, Jeanne loved photography and the natural world. Her sensitive and in-depth studies of people and landscapes, displayed in community exhibits where she and Gus lived, are treasured by her family and friends. Jeanne’s love for nature was an enduring and invigorating passion, especially the countless hours she spent in her gardens or birdwatching.
Nothing fed Jeanne more continuously than her love of people, beginning with family – husband, sons and grandchildren, whom she adored – and radiating out to nieces and nephews, dear friends and children on both coasts, some of whom only little known but quickly loved and often captured in insightful and often moving photographs. And he embraced sweet friends and favorite personalities on Tancook, the Nova Scotia fishing community she and Gus discovered and where they spent long summers in their cabin above the harbor late in life. .
When Jeanne’s husband, Gus, her loving partner of 64 years, died seven years before her – and was lovingly memorialized – he left a gigantic absence in her world that took all the love from the resilient life of Jeanne to fill even a little. Gus went from Goldwater conservative to passionate liberal without wavering in his love of family, his deeply held belief in democratic government and racial equality. A man of hope, he believed in the possibility of a better world and never stopped looking for it and working for it. Gus was part mentor and part troublemaker. A caring adviser to his sons and grandchildren, he was that serious guy who loved to play, like the time he suggested his teenage sons rub their faces with honeydew bark to cure acne – the results were mixed. And he liked games the most when he was cheating – especially if you were watching.
We miss Jeanne and Gus so much, they will live on in the life they touched. They are survived by their sons Gus of Manchester, New Hampshire, Peter of Yarmouth, Maine, Mark of Eugene, Oregon and Christian of Olympia, Washington.
Posted on September 03, 2022
Posted in Bucks County Courier Times