Jean M. Mercadel, wife of Deacon Tony Mercadel, died Dec. 13, 2004, at her Henrietta home after a lengthy struggle with cancer. She was 73.
Mrs. Mercadel was a native of New Orleans, La. She served for 21 years as a librarian in the Rochester City School District, working mostly at School No. 35, before retiring in 1991. She also volunteered for such organizations as Marriage Encounter, crisis pregnancy outreach and charismatic groups.
Her husband was ordained in 1982, as part of the first class of permanent deacons in the Rochester Diocese. According to Deacon Mercadel — the longtime parish deacon at Guardian Angels in Henrietta — his wife was enthusiastically involved with every possible aspect of the diaconal ministry.
“Just about anything we did, we did together,” he said.
Deacon Mercadel added that he and his wife had celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary in August. “She was always an upbeat and positive person, always optimistic about everything,” he commented. “If I said it was going to snow, she’d say, ‘Yes, but the sun is going to shine too.'”
“Jean was a gentle and loving spirit,” added Deacon David Palma, diocesan director of deacon personnel. “In the 18 years that I knew her, I never heard her say an unkind word about anyone. She was a model Christian.”
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Mercadel is survived by her children, Kevin, Daryl (Lisa), Monica and Christina Mercadel; grandchildren, Katie and Michael Mercadel; sisters, Dolores (John) LeBouef and Barbara (Aldon) Thomas; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Her funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 20 at Guardian Angels Church, with Bishop Matthew H. Clark presiding. Interment was at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Donations in Mrs. Mercadel’s name may be made to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, PO Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240-0631; or CompassCare Pregnancy Services, 200 White Spruce Blvd., Rochester, NY 14623.