Jeanne (VanAuker) Bright

Jeanne (VanAuker) Bright

Jeanne (VanAuker) Bright was born on October 4, 1956 to John VanAuker and June (Hackathorn) VanAuker in Youngstown, Ohio. She married Larry A. Bright on October 22, 1977. Jeanne and Larry owned and operated the Western Auto Store in Albion PA from 1977 to 1990. After that she entered the nursing field as a Nurse’s Aide working at various agencies in Erie and Crawford Counties. She joined the Albion Volunteer Fire Department in 1993 and became an EMT. She has been a member of Cranesvillle Volunteer Fire Department and an Allied Member of Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department. At her time of death, she had been a current Allied Member of Springboro Volunteer Fire Department and she was an Active Life Member of Albion Volunteer Fire Department and was the current EMS Lt.27. Jeanne ran EMS calls right up until her illness began in December 2020. In high school she was on the Rifle Team and won the State Championship in her Senior Year, 1975, at Western Reserve, Ohio. She was involved with Project NEED of Albion. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 22 and was a past Worthy Matron. She was an auxiliary member of Springfield VFW Post 4965. She was a member of Springboro Station 21 Social Club. She was a member of Edinboro Engine House 39. She was also the Mayor of Albion for six years from 2008-2014. She was an avid loom knitter. She loved her plants and had a vast jungle inside and outside her home. She loved to bake, especially with her grandchildren, and she loved to spend time with her family and friends. You generally could find Jeanne volunteering in the community. She was VERY active in Albion Volunteer Fire Department and ran many ambulance calls! If you needed something she was the person that you got a hold of to help you or find out how to help you. She truly was a helper! She is proceeded in death by her parents John and June VanAuker. She is survived by her husband Larry Bright. She is also survived by four children: Stephanie (Bruce), Robert (Laura), Pamela (Mike), James (Brianna), and special adoptive son Austin Bates. Twelve grand children: Brandon (Ashley), Austin (Leanna), Beckah (Jarrod), Milo, Violette, Krystal, Nate, Mikayla, Lance, John, Bridgette and Jackson. Five great grandchildren: Madison, Wyatt, Declan, Finn and Olivia. She is also survived by her two fur babies Sophie and Duke. Memorials can made to the Albion Volunteer Fire Department, 19 Smock Ave., Albion, PA 16401. Calling hours will be held at the Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion, on Saturday from 5pm-9pm. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Sunday at 10am with Chaplain David Miles of Promedica Hospice officiating. Burial will follow in Albion Cemetery. To light a memory candle or leave a condolence, please visit


Left by  “DarlenecTeed” on 12/12/2021

Jeanne was an angel to me on the calls i was taken to the hospital. I will miss her very much and was sad that i was in the hosp when she passed & they had her funeral. Prayers to the family & many friends she had. They broke the mold the day she was born. No one can
ever fill her shoes. She will be surely missed!

Left by  “ Lisa (Lasher) Daugherty ” on 12/06/2021

To Larry, and All of Jeanne’s Family,
So Sorry for your loss. Jeanne was a wonderful, caring person and EMT with the Albion Fire Department. She was on calls for my Dad and my husband. She was always very compassionate in helping my Mom, and made me feel better in the midst of it all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family. May the Lord give you His comfort and His peace.
Gary & Lisa Daugherty

Left by  “Sharon Petri” on 12/05/2021

I am so sorry I didn’t make it to see her before she died. She had a huge heart and spirit. She was there for me when my mom died 6 years ago.
If I can do anything for any of you I am just a call or text away.
Love you guy!

Left by  “Phil Tanner” on 12/03/2021

Sorry for your loss.

Left by  “Walt & Deb Weir” on 12/02/2021

Thoughts and Prayers to Family and all that knew her. She was definitely a wonderful person and will be missed by many.

Left by  “Philip and Juanita Kleckner” on 12/02/2021

Our deepest sympathy. She will be missed, Our prayers and love to you Larry and your family

Left by  “LeRoy & Beatrice Gevin” on 12/02/2021

We are so very sorry for your loss. Sending our deepest condolences to Larry and families . Jeanne will never be forgotten, she will always be in our hearts. Much love to you all and prayers.

Left by  “Charlene Steff” on 12/02/2021

I was sad to hear about Jeanne she was so good to Sam everytime we called the Albion VFD and kind and helpful to me. She will be missed by the Albion community. I have moved from Albion or I would be at her service. Rest in peace Jeanne and give my husband a hug in Heaven

Left by  “Ty Irwin” on 12/02/2021

Steph I am so sorry to see this i adored ur mom.

Left by  “Jeanne Demmery Brace” on 12/02/2021

Sad to see. She helped me twice on the ambulance; she was so good at heart. Fly high, Jeanne, you earned your wings!

Left by  “charles and marie taylor ” on 12/02/2021

so very sorry for the loss of your loved one , she is and always will be missed Amen , may the Lord take care of her , Amen !

Left by  “Jen Sumner ” on 12/02/2021

Sorry for your loss. She will be missed.

Left by  “Barbara Hershelman” on 12/02/2021

So sorry for your loss.

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