Obituary of Dr. Mona Letellier Jean
Marie Antoinette Mona Letellier Jean was born on April 25, 1947 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti to Constant Letellier and Denise Lespinasse. Upon graduation from secondary school, her grandfather, Raphael Lespinasse, sent her to Cádiz, Spain to study medicine at the Universidad de Cádiz. While abroad, she learned Spanish, matured into an independent young lady, and after six years of study successfully obtained her Medical Degree.
Upon immigration to New York in the early 1970’s and after a courting/love affair of 11 years originating in Haiti, Mona reunited with Joseph Massenet Jean in New York where they tied the knot in 1972 at Christ the King Church. Soon thereafter she began her Pediatric Residency at the Brooklyn Jewish Hospital and Medical Center. Upon completion of her Residency, she then worked at Mary Immaculate Conception Hospital, Kings County Hospital and The Hebrew Home for the Aged. She eventually worked at St. Christopher’s Inc. in Dobbs Ferry, NY as their Medical Director, in addition to having hospital admitting privileges St. Joseph’s Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital in Yonkers, NY until the time of her death. Mona and Joseph lived together in Queens, NY where they bore their first two children, Pierre Gina in 1975 and Carl Massenet in 1977. With the help of a friend, they discovered and moved into the perfect home in the late 1970’s in Katonah, NY, and soon thereafter bore their last two children, Marie Raphaelle in 1981 and Mark Anthony in 1983. Mona was blessed to gain a 3rd daughter in 2004 after her son Carl wed to Monique, in addition to becoming a grandmother to two wonderful children, Brooke Olivia in 2006 and Brandon Carter Massenet in 2008.
As an ambitious young Pediatrician, Mona set a personal goal of attaining a private practice before the age of 40 - a goal she successfully reached at the age of 39 - with two office locations in Yonkers, NY. Despite proudly caring for thousands of children over the years, Mona selflessly and lovingly joined numerous medical missions with the Gaskov Clergé Foundation for many years in Haiti. Her most memorable mission was GCF’s Earthquake Relief Mission, taking place immediately post Haiti’s Jan. 2010 catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake, where she and other volunteers offered much needed health and wound care in Port-au-Prince to victims in tent cities and remote towns.
With her forever smile, Mona would always go above and beyond to ensure those around her were ok. With her infectious spirit and classy nature, Mona was loved by everyone she met. Her approach to medicine was old-fashioned and effective, representing the epitome of what it means to give. Her spirit was drawn to helping the underserved, always making them feel cared for and valued. Mona also made it possible for many special people to live in the United States thanks to her permanent residency sponsorships. Mona passed away peacefully on the morning of September 28, 2017 after a 3-year battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Joseph Massenet Jean, along with her children - Gina, Carl, Raphaelle, and Mark - and her grandchildren Brooke and Brandon. Her spirit and memory will remain forever in their hearts.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mona’s memory may be made to Gaskov Clergé Foundation - www.gaskov.org. (Please click the Tab on the left side of this page)
Funeral Mass Thursday, October 5th, 2017 at 1:30 PM at Saint John the Baptist Church - 670 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10704. A Committal Service will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery - Jerome Avenue, Bronx, New York 10470. The family will be present on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 from 10:00 AM until the time of Mass at F. Ruggiero & Sons, Inc. Funeral Home and Cremation Services - 732 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10704.
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