Jean Lydon, 80

Oct. 2, 1939 —
June 2, 2020
WAUKON - Jean M. Lydon, age 80, of Waukon, Iowa, died on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at Chandler Regional Medical Center in Chandler, Ariz. 
Graveside services at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Waukon are pending. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. 
Jean Marie Lydon was born on Oct. 2, 1939, in Cresco, Iowa, the daughter of Clarence and Dorothy (Kratz) Slifka. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in Cresco in 1957. On May 31, 1958, she married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Edward Lydon at Assumption Catholic Church in Cresco. In 1959, they moved to Waukon, where they opened Lydon Electric Service and raised their family. 
Jean was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and sang in the choir. She was a short-order cook in local restaurants and worked in the produce department at Quillins. In 1996, the couple built their dream home and motor shop, where many happy memories were shared.
Trout fishing with her husband and fishing on the Mississippi with her parents were favorite pastimes. Sewing, crocheting and gardening brought her great joy. Jean loved having coffee with friends, joking with co-workers, baking, reading cookbooks and collecting recipes. She had many fond memories of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her children, John (Shelly) Lydon of Waukon, Jean Ann (Mike) Oden of Greensboro, N.C., Mary (Don) Meyer of Waukon, Judy (Todd) Thies of Robins, Iowa, Barb (Jimmie Johnson) Byrnes of Harpers Ferry, Iowa, Nancy (Jon) Snitker of Waukon and Lisa Lydon of Phoenix, Ariz.; 28 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; twin sister, Judy (Vic) Wolfe; a brother, Jeff (DeeDee) Slifka; a sister-in-law, Sherry (Wally) Biegacki; and cousins, nieces and nephews, neighbors and friends.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tom on Oct. 11, 2012; two brothers-in-law, Don Sevart and Bob Lydon; and two granddaughters, Elizabeth Faith Thies and Chantel Marie Snitker.
Condolences may be sent to Mary A. Meyer at 1232 Joseph Lane, Waukon, IA 52172. Online condolences may be left at

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