Jeanette Kater-Nejame of Boca Raton, Florida (originally Danbury, Connecticut) was peacefully called to her eternal home with God on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, while surrounded by her loving family. Jeanette attended Danbury Schools including the Crandall Business School. She was predeceased by her husband, Fares A. Nejame.
In her younger years, Jeanette was active in many charitable affairs—among them being The United Way, March of Dimes, and Danbury Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of the Danbury Junior Service League and also chaired many other successful events for a cause. She was a founding member of the Danbury Ski Club and a member of the Ski Council as well. An avid golfer in her day, Jeanette was also President of the Wamego Golf Club.
In the 70s, she moved with her family to South Florida from Danbury where she lived for 10 years. While living in Miami, she was affiliated with All American Productions as executive producer of 22 TV show segments entitled “Women in Business”, which were aired on public television. While in Florida, Jeanette also worked as a real estate executive alongside developers during the construction of Williams Island, Turnberry Isle, and several other new and cutting-edge construction projects across Miami Beach. After her husband passed away in Florida, Jeanette returned with her family to their native Danbury and resumed working in real estate where she serviced clients in Danbury and greater Fairfield County for many years.
Jeanette touched everyone she met. She was a dedicated mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and cousin who always put her family first. Her contagious and radiant energy, zest for life, beautiful smile, and generous caring heart are just a few of her special traits that will be missed most. Jeanette was always ready to celebrate and enjoy every special occasion, milestone, and holiday—in her fashionable, chic style—full of unforgettable laughter, positivity, fun, love, and wisdom.
Jeanette is survived by her daughter Jennifer Nejame-Putnam of Boca Raton, FL, her three grandchildren in Connecticut: Sydney Alana, Savannah Jo, and Joseph Fares, daughter Francine Nejame, son-in-law José Luiz Soares of Boca Raton, two sisters: Elizabeth K. Salame and Melanie K. Schlemmer, and her brother-in-law Abbott Schlemmer all of Danbury. She is also survived and will be greatly missed by her dear cousins, nieces, and nephews of Danbury, Brookfield, and Greenwich, CT as well as those in California, Massachusetts, and Lebanon.
Prayers and last words in Jeanette’s everlasting memory will be said by Father Naji Kiwan of St. Anthony’s Church in Danbury at St. Peter’s Chapel and mausoleum—for the immediate family, only. At the request of the deceased, there will be no calling hours. A special blessing and Liturgy for the celebration of her life will be said at St. Anthony’s—the date to be announced.
Jeanette, pictured above, lived every day to the fullest—up until her last moments on Earth. This photo was taken just a few days before she left us for a better place. Her radiance exuded through and through, and it was always infectious. She will be missed terribly and loved eternally by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.
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