Obituary of Jasjit Kaur Singh
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, sister, grandmother Jasjit Kaur Singh. Jasjit passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Friday, July 7, 2023 in Randolph, New Jersey after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. Although this disease took hold of her in the end, she remained positive, happy to be with family and friends, especially at family gatherings which brought her great joy reminding her of happier times with her beloved husband, the late Dr. Jaswant Singh. Jasjit is survived by her beloved daughter Amardeep Hoonjan, son-in-law Harjit Gill and her pride and joy, her granddaughter Maya Kaur Gill.
Born in Lahore, Pakistan, prior to India’s partition, to the late Gursaran Singh and Dhan Kaur Bhamra; Jasjit was the second youngest of eleven children to bless the Bhamra household. Following partition in 1947, her family relocated to Banga, Punjab, India where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Sidhwan College and taught at the local school. Jasjit and her late husband, Dr. Jaswant Singh married on January 10, 1969 and subsequently relocated to Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.
Following the birth of their daughter in 1969, they moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where they lived for 13 years before moving back to India for 3 years. Jasjit was passionate about reading and teaching, having earned two Master’s Degree’s in Education and Library Science. She had a long career as a Librarian and worked at various public schools. She retired in 2009, after 34 years of service, as the Library Director at Davenport University in Lansing, Michigan.
Jasjit was a devoted wife, attentive mother, doting grandmother, loving sister, trustworthy friend, and dedicated educator. Both Jasjit and the late Dr. Jaswant Singh had a passion for lifelong learning and education. They successfully established The Anant Education & Rural Development Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization, in 1999, to fight illiteracy in their home state of Punjab, India. Their community service efforts included annual trips back home to advance literacy by establishing a children’s bookmobile and local library. They truly were a remarkable couple; who genuinely cared about the world and the people in it.
When she wasn’t spending time with family or volunteering, you would find Jasjit in her garden attending to her plants and beautiful flowers. She enjoyed traveling all over the world, with Scotland and Jordan being her two favorite destinations. Although we are saddened by her passing, we take comfort in knowing she is now reunited with her beloved husband, Jaswant, her parents; and her siblings, Jaswant Kaur, Balwinder Kaur, Santokh Singh, Pritam Singh, and Joginder Singh.
Her legacy of faith and devotion will forever live on in the hearts of Amardeep, Harjit and Maya. Along with her loving siblings, Mohan Kaur, Joginder Kaur, Satwant Kaur, Gurbax Kaur, and Amrik Singh; and many other dear extended family and friends.
Jasjit would not want anyone to be upset at this moment, but to be happy in the lifelong pursuit of fulfilling all your dreams; as she was lucky enough to do.
Public Visitation will be held on Friday, July 14th from 6 - 8 pm at Norman Dean Home for Services, 16 Righter Avenue, Denville, NJ. Antim Ardas (Prayer Service) will take place on Saturday, July 15th from 12 - 2 pm at Guru Nanak Mission Gurudwara, 138 Bauer Drive, Oakland, NJ 07436.
Memorial Donations are being accepted, in Jasjit's memory, to the good work of the Anant Education & Rural Development Foundation, Inc., 4 Heather Court, Dover, NJ 07801. Please light a candle, leave a condolence, or share your favorite memory of Jasjit here to commemorate her life and let her light shine.