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Jean Marie Agelson

October 12, 1925 ~ February 21, 2021 (age 95)


Due to the pandemic and CDC restrictions placed on our mortuary, we are limited to only 25% of the chapel capacity or 30 guests allowed in attendance for all funeral services. The Agelson family will invite 30 guests to attend Jean's funeral and provide us with a list of those names. For others who would like to view the services, the mortuary will live stream the event on "ZOOM" we encourage you to go to the "ZOOM" link provided below. Live coverage will begin at 4:45pm.


The capacity permitted at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Sherman Oaks for the Funeral Mass is 200 attendees, so everyone is welcome.  You may participate via YouTube:

Jean Marie Agelson went home to God on February 21, 2021, surrounded by her four children, Mary, Judy, Karen and Louis.  Jean’s unwavering faith in God was a source of strength and comfort for her family in the days leading up to her final passing from this life. 

Jean was born October 12, 1925 in Chicago, IL to Concetta and Joseph Serritella.  She grew up in a loving family in the Italian neighborhood of Chicago with her parents and three siblings, William (deceased), Therese (deceased) and Jenny. Jean’s family included many aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as close friends that grew to be family.  One of Jean’s favorite lines about her childhood was “We were rich and we didn’t know it.”  Jean knew that the joy of spending time with loved ones was more valuable than anything money could buy.

In 1964, Jean, her husband William, and her three daughters moved from Chicago to California where they initially intended to live in the West San Fernando Valley near Jean’s brother. But the most important criterion for Jean was finding a Catholic school that her daughters could attend.  Jean began her search, going from west to east along Ventura Boulevard, until learning that St. Jane Frances de Chantal in North Hollywood might have school openings.  She was thrilled to discover that the parish was run by Carmelite priests, and they just happened to know the priests from her home parish in Chicago. All fell into place when the school accepted her daughters.  Jean always said that finding a home at St. Jane Frances was a gift from God.  She was very involved in the parish and school, and very much enjoyed being part of the parish musical theater productions, parish council, and eucharistic ministry. Jean was also involved in many charitable organizations, including St. Anne’s Family Services and Sacred Heart Retreat House.

Jean loved making her Italian dinners for any and all.  Her home was the place where everyone knew they could find welcoming arms and a great meal. Regardless of who showed up, she somehow managed to make sure everyone was well fed.

She was devout in her love and faith in the Blessed Mary, saying more rosaries in her lifetime than any of us can imagine. When she said you were in her prayers, you knew you were covered!

Jean was an avid fan of both the Dodgers and Lakers. In her later years, Jean loved playing Rummikub, and then Skip Bo and Bingo. She was a fierce competitor, especially while playing Wii bowling, and her grandchildren were known to throw a game or two to keep the peace.

In 2015, Jean moved to Park Plaza in Orange, where she met great friends, enjoyed all of the activities, and quickly became an Ambassador to welcome new residents. She was known for always being dressed to the nines, with matching lipstick, and a quick smile. She was Resident of the Year, won the Spirit award, and participated in all the holiday door decorating contests, which she often won (thanks to help from Judy). She was adored by her caregivers and made everyone feel special. She most especially loved being able to walk to mass next door at Holy Family Cathedral, where she was a faithful daily attendee!

She will be greatly missed and forever remembered.

Jean is survived by her sister, Jenny, her children, Mary, Judy (Mark), Karen, and Louis (Catherine); her grandchildren, Christina (AJ), Jason (Tate), Dylan, Taylor, and Carly; and her great-grandchildren Sydney, Beau, Kane, Cole and Kennedy, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Viewing will be March 5 at 5:00 pm,

followed by Recitation of the Rosary at 6:00 at Brown Colonial Mortuary, 205 W 17th  St. in Santa Ana.

Viewing will be March 5 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at Brown Colonial Mortuary, 205 W 17th St. in Santa Ana, followed by a private Recitation of the Rosary. Family and friends are welcome to join us at the Funeral Mass which will be on March 6 at 2:00 pm at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 13360 Valleyheart Drive in Sherman Oaks. Interment will be on Monday, March 8 at noon at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, 11160 Stranwood Ave. in Mission Hills.

We will also be live streaming the rosary and funeral mass for those that cannot attend in person.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests honoring Jean through donations to her favorite charities:

Sacred Heart Retreat House online donations at and mark the donation as “In memory of Jean Agelson”.

or by mail a check to Sacred Heart Retreat House, Attn: Sr. Pia, OCD, 920 E. Alhambra Rd, Alhambra, CA 91801 with “In memory of Jean Agelson” in the memo line.

St. Anne’s Family Services donate online at and mark the donation as “In memory of Jean Agelson”.

or by mail a check to St. Anne’s, 155 N. Occidental Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026 with “In memory of Jean Agelson” in the memo line.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jean Marie Agelson, please visit our floral store.


March 5, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Brown Colonial Mortuary
204 W. 17th St.
Santa Ana, California 92706

Vigil Service
March 5, 2021

6:00 PM
Brown Colonial Mortuary
204 W. 17th St.
Santa Ana, California 92706

Funeral Mass
March 6, 2021

2:00 PM
St. Francis De Sales
13360 Valleyheart Drive
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

March 8, 2021

12:00 PM
San Fernando Mission Catholic Cemetery
11160 Stranwood Avenue
Mission Hills, CA 91345

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