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Originally published: 2014-03-06 12:31:19
Last modified: 2014-03-06 12:32:05

Jean Gash Probinsky

Jean Gash Probinsky, 87, of Sarasota, Fl., formerly of Miami, Fl., died on Feb. 20, 2014.
Jean was born May 6, 1926, in Boston, Mass., to Abraham Gash and Dorothy Belson, one of four siblings. Jean was preceded in death by her husbank, David Probinsky and her son, Mark Probinsky; and she is survived by her children, April Grossman (Walter Lee Shepher) and Brent Probinsky (Susan); daughter-in-law Norsia Probinsky; and grandchildren, Katherine Grossman, David Probinsky, Ariana Probinsky and Mia Probinsky.
Jean graduated from Roxbury High School in Mass. and was voted "most mischievous," and from Boston University in 1947 with a degree in physical education and rehabilitation. Jean married David Probinsky of Wildwood, N.J. in 1949, and they moved to Miami, Fl. in 1953. Jean taught middle school in Miami for 20 years and earned her master's degree in education from Appalachian State University and a doctorate of education from Virginia Tech. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Jean loved teaching kids and was a role model for them. She was especially dedicated to helping Mexican migrant children and African American children in Miami and Homestead in the 1960's and 1970's. Jean loved the people of Boone, especially students and professors at Appalachian, enjoyed the mountains and vacationed here for many seasons. She ran Grandma Jean's Bed and Breakfast in Boone for many years and hosted visitors from the world over.
Jean traveled widely, including living in Kibbutz in Israel, worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, was a photographer, and rode a bicycle across the United States for world hunger at age 61. Her professional passion was humanistic psychology.
Jean was a true adventurer and loved life and its challenges. She followed the beat of her own drum and loved her friends and family dearly who will sorely miss her happy smile and boundless enthusiasm.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in Jean's memory to Student Education Fund, Inc., c/o Brent Probinsky, 3414 Magic Oak Lane, Sarasota, FL 34232, (941) 371-8800.