Jeanne grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and lived in the LA area during and after college. She moved to San Rafael permanently, following the death of her second husband and she is really enjoying being near her son and daughter who also live in Marin. Jeanne was the daughter of immigrants from Russia, who settled in Omaha. Jeanne’s father, David Blacker, started a publishing business in Omaha, published the Omaha Jewish Press, and later, the Omaha Sun, which was a collection of neighborhood weekly newspapers. Eventually, the Sun was sold to Warren Buffett - the first newspaper that Warren Buffett bought. Her husband continued to be the publisher. In 1973, the Sun Newspapers won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting because of its uncovering a financial scandal at Boys Town.
Jeanne’s parents raised her pretty traditionally. They had Shabbat dinners every Friday night, complete with Shabbat traditions. Now that Jeanne is older and no longer cooks, her daughter has continued that tradition. How has the world changed in Jeanne’s lifetime? Her parents were born in Russia, and they were very strict about her dating only Jews. When Jeanne was growing up, her parents made the rules, whereas now, according to Jeanne, the children tell their parents what the rules are.
Jeanne and her first husband were high school sweethearts, who met when she was 15, and they married when Jeanne was 21. Jeanne was a stay at home mom in Omaha, but she did a lot of volunteer work, including co-chairing a Jewish Federation Annual Fundraising campaign. Many years later they divorced and Jeanne moved to San Francisco. She then married another high school sweetheart that had moved to the Bay Area. Philanthropy and the Omaha Jewish community were always very close to her heart. She is still in touch with friends from her life in Omaha.
Jeanne was raised to be very open-minded and because of that, she always welcomed relationships with people from all different backgrounds. Her advice for a young person is that it is important to reach out to all kinds of people. Even though she misses Omaha, she loves the Bay Area and being near her daughter and her family. There are some Omaha transplants out here, just like her, and they are still in touch with each other.