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Jeanne Rishell






Jeanne Marie Rishell, 89, of  Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Sunday, November 8, 2020, at her home.

Born Thursday, May 14, 1931 in Melsrose, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Dominic Travalini and the late Jeanette Marie (Dupras) Travalini.

Jeanne was teacher at St. Mary's Catholic School for 17 years and was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother ("Gigi") and an amazing teacher. She loved music, knitting, sewing and gardening. 

She is survived by her five daughters, Elizabeth Becker & husband Don of Smithsburg, MD, Peggy Feiser & husband Mark of Hagerstown, MD, Mary McPherson & husband Darryl of Hagerstown, MD, Nancy Guiney of Harpers Ferry, WV, Jane Yoder & husband Jeff of Greencastle, PA; three sons, Blair Rishell & wife Kim of Smithsburg, MD, John Rishell & wife Kathy of Hagerstown, MD, Daniel Rishell and wife Donna of Smithsburg, MD;  26 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and sister, Margaret "Peg" Murphy of Stoneham, MA.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, George William Rishell, and sister, Jacquline "Jac" Tuell.

Services will be private.

Interment will be at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown, MD.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army or any local Food Bank.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

I had Mrs. Rishell as a teacher at St. Mary’s and remember her strong spirit. She helped me in an area of school when I was struggling and for that I will always be thankful. May your memories comfort you during your difficult time. I am sorry for your loss.

We are sending hugs and prayers to the family. Sorry for your loss

Mike and Sissy Cooper
Smithsburg, Md

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. I’m sure my mom (Mary Jo Ashburn ) are catching up with one another. Sending prayers to all of you. Julie Ashburn Figel

Julie Figel
Hagerstown , Maryland

I learned to know Jeanne when I joined the folk singing group at St Ann church in the late '70's, and through her I also became acquainted with her children, several of whom also sang in the group. I remember being so impressed by the strength and stability of Jeanne's faith, the closeness of her family, and the way they shared household responsibilities. I learned a lot by watching how this beautiful family functioned and also by Jeanne's wisdom and common-sense approach to life. I really admire your family. May God bless all of you as you mourn her loss.

Virginia Emerson
Clear Spring, Md

Mrs. Rishell was my teacher at St.Mary's and took the time to work with me when I was seriously struggling with my schoolwork. There's not enough time or space for me to write all the things I could say about her!! She Is a wonderful beautiful soul I will always remember and appreciate! Thank You Mrs. Rishell for everything you did for me. God Bless You! Rest In Peace.My sincere condolences to her family.

Jeffrey Shifler
Boonsboro, MD

Blair and Family, I speak for my entire family when I say our most solemn of condolences to you and your family in this trying time. Our hearts go out to you as well as our prayers!! Stay Strong in this trying time!!

Robbie Veil & Family
Chambersburg , PA

Blair & family, We are so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a great teacher. She was my music teacher when I went to St. MARY Catholic school. If you need anything we are here for you and the entire family.

Tim and Tammy Smith & Family
Smithsburg, Maryland

We are so very sorry for the loss of your mother. May she rest in peace with her living husband.

Steve and Jewel Collins
Hagerstown, Md

Mrs. Rishell was my 5th grade teacher at Leitersburg Elem. and knew her and George for many years. My deepest sympathy to all the family. Jeanne was a very fine lady.

Greg Overcash
Nottingham, MD

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