Greta Arlene Jewett

January 2, 1936 - June 18, 2021 Kennett Square, PA | Age 85 Lived a Life Filled with Love and Luck

Greta was born Thursday, Jan. 2, 1936 and died June 18, 2021. Greta lived all of her life in Kennett Square, PA with her family of grandparents, her mom, aunts, uncles and cousins. She attended Kennett Square High School where she graduated in 1954. Greta always was proud of that accomplishment.

Upon graduating she got a job at NVF in Kennett and worked along side her Aunt Hazel and Cousin Charles until her retirement in 1991 after 35 years.

While at NVF she had a devastating accident written up in the local papers on Jan. 09, 1956 when a two foot steel rod broke off her machine and pierced her head 8 1/2 inches into her skull downward into her neck. She never lost consciousness, never complained and walked to an employees car with her Aunt and they drove to Chester County Hospital fast over icy roads. In West Chester the car broke down and they called the police and she had to walk to their car to complete the trip. The surgeons operated and said less than a quarter inch either way and she would have died. Miraculously she survived with no permanent injuries, no blindness or disfigurement. Greta had just turned 20!

Even with the accident Greta always considered herself lucky (by surviving) and in 1983 she hit the PA Instant Lottery for $1,000.00 a month for life and has been receiving payments for 38 years. After moving nearer to the Kennett Square Senior Center with her Cousin Charles in 2000, she attended Friday night bingo and continued her winning ways. She loved the Senior Center and attended almost every day it was open morning, noon and evening along with many sponsored day trips. And every chance she got she went to Atlantic City or Delaware Park and always won frequently at slots!

She finally had to enter Pocopson on April 17, 2015 and she tried to adapt by going on day trips to Longwood Gardens and nearby Chester County as well as her frequent bingo playing times and she discovered she had a talent for poker and though she might have been the only woman playing, she enjoyed beating the men and receiving her Award Certificates she proudly displayed. She did enjoy going to Lenape Park and nearby Nixon Park where she won many medals for various sport activities and had dozens hanging in her room. She even got to attend two Kennett class reunions, the last on July 14, 2018 at Jenner’s Pond. She went to several Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties at Mendenhall and The Farm to see her old Senior Center friends. She never completely accepted her final place, where her mother had spent many years before she died, but she did the best she could under the circumstances she found herself in her later years. Greta was always single and unique in her own way.

Greta is truly the last of the Malin family. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Arthur and Annie Malin; her mother, Ethel Malin Jewett; her aunts, Ruth, Hazel and Blanche, all Malins; and her cousins, Janet Malin and Charles Malin, with whom she lived almost her entire life together in Kennett Square.

She is survived by only two (non-Kennett) cousins, Roy (Sam) Thompson and Doug Thompson. A cousin Ronnie chose to retire to Hawaii many years ago and she always asked about him but never heard anything.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 West State St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. Viewing will be from 10:00AM to 11:00 AM and burial will be at New Garden Friends Cemetery, Newark Rd, New Garden Township, PA where she will be united with all of her Malin Family.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com.

Services

Visitation

June 26, 2021 10:00AM to 11:00AM Kuzo Funeral Home
250 W. State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Graveside Service and Interment

June 26, 2021 Following Visitation New Garden Friends Cemetery
875 Newark Road
Toughkenamon, PA 19374

Guestbook

  1. Greta was a really special person…a character actually! Funny, thoughtful, giving and enjoyed being in the middle of things, especially at the Kennett Area Senior Center! This is where Greta became a part of my every working day at the Center. Oh, yes, she would do her “grumpy” attitude….to get a rise out of you, or to get her way. Most people may not be aware what a great “eye” she had with a camera….she belonged to the Digital Camera group and thoroughly enjoyed taking photos and learning techniques taught by Chris Barber, our instructor. Greta’s talent for special photos was publicized in the books produced every couple of years by this group. Greta was also a good sport, as there were times when my fellow staff member, Carmen and I would talk her into doing things she may have been reluctant to try…..she’d eventually give in to us….and we all had fun together. I can truly say that Greta was a bright spot in my life…there are some people who make an impact, an unforgettable character you meet along the way….Greta was that character……so glad she was a part of my life and others who knew her. God speed, Greta!

    Love, Andrea Durynski

    Andrea W Durynski | June 25, 2021 at 3:38 PM
  2. I am so sorry for your loss. Greta was beloved at the Kennett Area Senior Center and her friends there truly miss her. She was a fixture there and whenever she didn’t arrive as expected, Senior Center staff would go to her home at Walnut Court to check on her. There wasn’t a senior or staff member who didn’t love Greta. She truly represented the best of the Senior Center. We loved how she would pretend to be grumpy when she really wasn’t, she just enjoyed being coaxed to participate in activities. We enjoyed coaxing her too! So many sweet memories!
    Warmest wishes of condolence and remembrance,
    Anita O’Connor

    Anita O'Connor | June 25, 2021 at 1:52 PM
  3. My prayers are to Sam and Winnie. Greta had tons of family at Pocopson. She considered a lot of staff and other residents apart of her family; and we too considered Greta apart of ours as well. Greta will be missed dearly. Her smile and kindness would spread around anywhere she would go. Her heart was so big and filled with Love. Greta has and will always have a BEAUTIFUL and STRONG Soul and Spirit. I’m so grateful God placed Greta in my life when he did! Miss hearing her say “Bull Feathers!” Miss you Greta (aka Grandma) we will meet again.

    Stacey Buck | June 22, 2021 at 12:04 PM
  4. Greta was a very unique lady.We worked at NVF together for many years. She was always full of life and surprises.When she came to live at Pocopson Home,I was working in the dietary department she knew I worked there and came to find me!! Some things never change and that was Greta!! She would be coming down the hall like a speed demon yelling I’m coming.She wanted to be first in line for her coffee!!!She will be greatly missed but always in my heart!! 😇😇

    Maryetta crosson | June 21, 2021 at 5:28 PM
  5. I’m sorry for your loss. Greta & her family lived in our neighborhood where we grew up. My brother, Joe & dad would do work inside Charlie & Greta’s home at Walnut Court Senior Condos in Kennett Square. My mom lives at Pocopson Home & we would visit with Greta. We will l miss her! Kind regards, Jan, Joe & John Hunter

    Jan Hunter Codichini | June 21, 2021 at 3:09 PM

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