Palo Alto Online - Lasting Memories - Jean Fung Gong's memorial

Jean Fung Gong
Feb. 5, 1926-Jan. 31, 2024
Palo Alto, California

On January 31, 2024, five days before her 98th birthday, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and cherished friend Jean Char Gong died peacefully at home in Palo Alto, California, where she had lived for 70 years.

Jean was born in Honolulu, February 5, 1926, to Marguerite Liu and On Char. A gifted student, Jean earned a BA from Brigham Young University and an MA in Education from Stanford. Jean and Walter A. Gong met and fell in love at Stanford. They were married on July 7, 1951, and later sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jean taught elementary school at Fairmeadow and El Carmelo for 32 years in Palo Alto. She will be remembered for her faith, generosity, nurturing of children, service to the community, passion for flowers, and deep love of friends and family.

Jean cherished being a member of the Char, deJong and Gong families. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her eight siblings and their spouses, and her husband Walter. Her children Gerrit (Susan), Brian (Sue) and Marguerite (Russell Hancock), 11 grandchildren (and seven spouses), and 18 great grandchildren, will build on her legacy.

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Memorial service
To celebrate Jean’s life, there will be a viewing on Thursday, February 8, 2024, 6:30-8:00 pm, and a funeral service on Friday, February 9, beginning at 10:00 am followed by a luncheon. Both the viewing and funeral service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3865 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Those unable to attend the funeral service in person may join by Zoom and share memories at
Make a donation
Memorial donations may be made to the Walter A. and Jean Char Gong Endowed Scholarship at Brigham Young University that supports students majoring in education. Link:

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