Born December 30, 1946 in Uniontown, she was the daughter of the late James Robinson and Ellen Jean (Metz) Hochstetler.
Jean Ann was a 1964 graduate of South Union High School and a 1968 Home Economics graduate of Mansfield State College. She completed her Elementary certificate at Clarion University.
On November 29, 1968, in the Falls City Baptist Church in Ohiopyle, she married James E. Shields Sr. who survives.
She began her career as a second grade teacher at the Eldred Borough Elementary School in the Otto Eldred School District. In 1970 she began teaching in the Bradford Area School District. She taught second grade at M.J. Ryan School then in 1990 went to School Street Elementary from which she retired in 2003.
Jean Ann was a 37 year member of the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department. She served as president, treasurer, secretary, and on the board of directors. She was an active firefighter, serving as a driver and pump operator. She was also an EMS First Responder and helped Lewis Run Borough update their Emergency Disaster Plan.
She enjoyed working on crafts, gardening and attending Red Hat events.
Surviving is her husband James E. Shields, Sr. of 45 years, two sons: James E. (Jaime) Shields, Jr. of Zionsville, IN, and Jeffrey D. (Jody) Shields of Singapore, two grandsons, James Xavier Shields and Hunter Reese Shields of Zionsville, IN, one sister Jamie Louise (Robert) Morrison of Boalsburg, one brother-in-law Gary (Edie) Shields of Rock Hall MD, one sister-in-law Mary Rose Hill of Langhorn, and several nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to attend a celebration of Jean Ann’s life on Saturday August 9, 2014. Friends will be received from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department in Lewis Run. At 1:00pm a service will be held with Rev. Robert Brest pastor of the First Free Methodist Church and Rev. Larry Corner pastor of the Evans Memorial United Methodist Church officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorials may be made to the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Dept. in care of Linda Hinaman, PO Box 42, Lewis Run, PA 16738 or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com