Jeanne Dahlquist Sluyter died peacefully on February 20, 2023. She was born on October 31,
1927, in New York City. She was the daughter of the late Walter E. Dahlquist and the late Betty
Rankin Dahlquist, and grew up in Great Neck, NY. She was also predeceased by her sister
Dorothy Dahlquist Boeing, and her husband Robert N. Sluyter. She is survived by her four
children and their spouses, David and Amy G. Sluyter, Jeffrey and Marilia Sluyter-Beltrao, Susan
Sluyter and Ted Fitts, and Lauren Sluyter Olsen and Odd Joran Olsen. She is also survived by her
four grandchildren and their spouses Caroline Sluyter and Caroline Perry, Stephanie and James
Charbonnet, Nicolas Sluyter-Beltrao, and Eric Sluyter, his partner Elizabeth Redlich, and four
great-grandchildren Tarran and Avery Perry-Sluyter, and Tyler and Simon Charbonnet.
Jeanne gained a Bachelor of Arts degree and worked as an advertising set designer until
meeting the love of her life, Bob. They were longtime residents of Wellesley, and Needham,
Massachusetts. Jeanne was an avid painter who spent many hours with her oils and
watercolors, and enjoyed exhibiting them locally. She loved skiing and walking in the woods
with family and friends. For most of her life Jeanne was actively involved with the League of
Women Voters, Wellesley Village Church, and a spectrum of social justice and civil rights causes.
She was a volunteer art teacher, reading tutor, and a host mother in an urban scholarship
program. She volunteered from early days at Rosie’s Place woman’s shelter, did outreach
mentoring at MCI-Framingham, a medium-security prison for women, and represented the
church on a mission to Nicaragua, delivering medical supplies.
Jeanne was a loving and devoted mother whose enduring support and unconditional love will
always be cherished by her children. She was an adoring, faithful partner to her husband, Bob,
and could never get quite enough of his crackling humor, whimsy and hijinx. Jeanne was also a
woman of deep faith, persistence, and kindness, who firmly believed “Things always work out
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Jeanne’s memory to Rosie’s Place, a
Community Center offering women emergency shelter and meals, education and legal
assistance, housing and employment search assistance. The address is 889 Harrison Avenue,
Boston, MA 02118. You can visit their home page at https://www.rosiesplace.org/
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