At the age of 18, Jean took to the road and headed to California, where she met Robert. After marrying, she lived in many locations including Japan and Tehran, working as an executive assistant to an international marketing manager and as a research analyst for an asset management firm. She was actively involved in the church and volunteered as a facilitator and trainer for Hospice’s grief support program. Jean was an amazing dancer and actress, performing in many theater productions and improvisation shows. Known for her amazing sense of humor and style, as well as her horrible sense of direction, Jean exuded kindness and a deep and abiding love for her family, friends and God.
Friends & Family
Helen “Jean” Zelko (nee Gerard), 82, of Phoenix, Arizona went home to be with the Lord on April 11, 2022. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert Andrew Zelko and their daughter, Wendy Kathleen Zelko White, her parents Carl Lorain Gerard and Helen Kathleen Logan, and her brother, Steven Gerard. Jean is survived by her beloved daughter Anna Catherine Zelko (Mark) Millar (Fort Myers, FL), sister Patricia Gerard (David) Hite (Colorado), brother Michael (Tamara) Gerard (Washington), son-in-law Terence White (Washington), five grandchildren Andrew (Amanda) White, Timothy (Joy) White, Ellen (Eric) Jones, Charlotte White, Logan Millar; and seven great-grandchildren.