LaVerna “Jean” (Smith) Kalinoff

March 15, 1933 - November 10, 2019

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LaVerna “Jean” Kalinoff, 86, passed away, Sunday November 10, 2019 surrounded by family, after an extended illness. Beloved wife of Carl Kalinoff , devoted mother to Carla(Dan) Fisher and Cindy(Don) Watson, and loving grandmother to Laura Fisher, Tyler Watson and Jared Watson.

Jean was born March 15, 1933 in Dayton, Ohio to Laverne and Irene (Welton) Smith. She graduated from Willard High School in 1951. On June 7, 1952 she married Carl Kalinoff and moved to Mansfield, Ohio where they resided until moving to Cincinnati in 2016.

She loved Music and Dance. She was a tap dance instructor and auditioned for the Rockettes in New York City. She worked at the Mansfield News Journal and The Coca-Cola company prior to becoming a dedicated mother and volunteer. She loved her years as a volunteer at Lexington Schools and often reminisced of her numerous years as a room mother.

There will be a private family service on November 20, 2019. Interment will take place at a later date at Mansfield Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to The Friendly House, 380 N. Mulberry St. Mansfield, Ohio 44902; Hospice of Southwest Ohio, 7625 Camargo Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 or Alzheimer’s Foundation, 322 Eighth Avenue 16th floor, New York, NY 10001.


Linda Woeber - Nov 20, 2019
Carla and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope your time together remembering your mother is a comfort. Take care. Linda
Polly Russo - Nov 13, 2019
Carl, Cindy & Carla, Now I know why I haven't been able to reach your dear mother and wife. I had even thought about taking a drive out to Westover Lane, in the past. Be assured of my thoughts and prayers in Jeanne's passing. I have wonderful memories - as I know you do. Cherish them. What a lady!!!! Fondly, Polly