Funeral Details

Jean S. Gottlieb

November 17, 1923 - February 12, 2024


Date and Time

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 1:00 PM


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Skokie Chapel
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois 60077
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Rabbi Lizzie Heydemann
Mishkan Chicago


Rosehill Cemetery
5800 North Ravenswood Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660
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David Gottlieb Residence
3180 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60661
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Wednesday 5-8PM and
Sunday 4-7PM

Thursday 4-7PM at the
Martha Gottlieb Residence
680 North Lake Shore Drive, Apartment 818
Chicago, Illinois 60661

The family respectfully requests that no food or flowers be brought to either of the Shiva Residences.

Memorial Contributions

Newberry Library,
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Jewish National Fund
60 Revere Drive, Suite 725
Northbrook, Illinois 60062


Jean S. Gottlieb, a native of Chicago, an historian and researcher, a "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II, a polio survivor, a fisherwoman, memoirist, and a mother of six, grandmother of 12, and great-grandmother of 15, died age 100.

Jean was the second child of Oscar and Anne Stern. She graduated from the Francis W. Parker School in 1941 and matriculated at Scripps College, but left to marry the love of her life, Harry Gottlieb, then an officer candidate in the U.S. Signal Corps, in May of 1942. While a war bride, Jean worked in a machine shop that produced small aircraft parts for the war effort. She would remain married to Harry for 73 years, until he passed away shortly after Jean's 92nd birthday in 2015.

During World War II, Harry was sent overseas, serving as an adjutant in the Signal Corps, primarily in New Guinea, until his honorable discharge in 1945. The death of Harry's beloved younger brother, Alan, in the war, influenced the couple's decision to have a large family. In 1946, the couple's eldest child, Annie Gottlieb, was born. Sara, Martha, Janet, Alan, and David were born over the next 13 years, shortly after which Jean resumed her college education at Mundelein College, now part of Loyola University. She went on to complete a Master of Arts and a PhD in English Literature at the University of Chicago, working thereafter as a bookbinder, researcher, bibliographer, and writer.

During her pregnancy with Janet, Jean was diagnosed with polio. She survived with some damage to the muscles of her left leg (and no damage to Janet). Doctors advised Jean to go to a warm climate and walk as much as possible. The Gottliebs discovered Ft. Myers Beach, Florida, and bought a beach cottage there in 1955. The cottage and the beach would be a second home for the family for the next 60 years.

In the early 1990s, Jean and Harry made Ft. Myers their official residence. They spent more than two decades fishing, walking the beach, and welcoming visitors, returning to spend summers in Chicago. Jean delved into researching family history and published the multigenerational story of her and Harry’s families in Braided Generations: The Living, the Lost, and the Power of Belonging (WingSpan Press, 2022).

As her sight, hearing, and memory diminished in her later 90s, Jean was increasingly limited in her ability to engage in her favorite activities: reading, writing, painting, drawing, and philosophizing about the state of the world. Always spirited and opinionated, and always fond of being surrounded by people, Jean nonetheless weathered these challenges thanks to the loving attention of her six children, and her many friends and extended family members.

Service Wednesday, 1PM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd (at Niles Center Road), Skokie. Interment Rosehill. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610, or Jewish National Fund, 60 Revere Dr # 725, Northbrook, IL 60062, To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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David, Galit and Family,

Michael and I extend our sincere condolences on the loss of your dear mother. She was always delightful company. May her memory be for a blessing, and may your memories of her bring you comfort.

Sheri Cloch Weiss
February 12, 2024
Thinking of you all.
So many memories of the happiest time of my life…your mom andh dad were such a part of it all.

I have a memory ….so clear…the morning after my Dad died ..I was looking out our kitchen window in White Plains and saw a NYC yellow cab pull up in front… driven from the airport apparently…and out stepped your Mom. Believe me when I tell you it was like an angel came to help us.
All my love,

Lilibet Adams
February 13, 2024
Dear Gottlieb’s and Family,
Sending love to you all,
I am eternally grateful for the years we all had together “on the beach”; Gottlieb’s, Friedman’s and Adams’. Midnight shelling walks with Jeannie! Words can not capture how wonderful those times were, and yet the positive influence of your Mom upon my life can not be overstated.
With all my love and heartfelt condolences,
Gigi Adams

Gigi Adams
February 14, 2024
My love for Jeanie is as deep as the ocean. She taught me everything about shells and shelling which I still avidly pursue along with beach glass. Our idyllic days spent with her, Harry and all of you Gottlieb's in Fort Meyers Beach, Florida are a part of every fiber of my being. As long as I am a living breathing soul on this earth she is a part is in my heart. Jeanie was the first person to arrive at our home after my Dad Grant Adams died in 1971. Her presence helped to get us thru those very dark days. I know she was an immense help to our Mom Corky. The world is a much poorer place without her in it. My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the entire family.

All of my LOVE

Patricia Adams
February 14, 2024
What a beautiful service for a beautiful woman. I am so very sorry for your loss. It was always nothing short of amazing to me that with such a large family herself, Jean could keep up with me, ask about my work, my family, reminisce about my mom, well into her 90s. I had no idea of all of Jean’s complexities before today, as I didn’t really know her in her younger days. The Jean I knew was nothing but kind and nurturing, to my parents, to me, so different I thought from her own mom who I was initially quite scared of as a kid. The only thing I saw in Jean that was reminiscent of her mom was her ability to tell the truth, sharing with me family secrets that no one else seemed to know. The last time I visited her (other than her 100th birthday), which was shortly before her 99th birthday, although she was moving in and out of thinking I was my mom or myself, she shared some juicy tales. Amazing woman. Much, much love to all of you.

Ruth Lazarus
February 14, 2024
Beautiful service, especially the remarks by Annie, Alan, Molly and David. Your mom led an amazing life and your tributes were moving. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at Martha’s.


Kenneth Kraus
February 14, 2024
Jean was a very good friend to me for a long time--so encouraging, so thoughtful, so generous, so smart, and so very funny. It was really great to have a friend like her who was the same age as my mother but was NOT my mother. And I thank you, Martha, for introducing me to Jean those years ago when she needed a typist-editor for her Newberry index. I was so lucky to observe her brilliance in that work and so fortunate to have your friendship (and your help with Allison's birth!). You and your sibs are amazing, as were Harry and Jean. I have immense respect and admiration for all of you. (I heard Jean talk about her memoir for years, and I am enjoying reading it. Huge appreciation for Annie's work with Jean on that!)

Mary Nell Hoover
February 15, 2024