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Longtime Residential Life employee dies

- October 1, 2007

Jeanette Landeck, a longtime UConn employee, died Sept. 18. She was 45.

Landeck, who lived in Storrs, was a secretary in the Department of Residential Life.

She came to the University as part of a six-week work study program during her senior year at Rockville High School, and began her career in the financial aid office, before moving to residential life.

She was a secretary in residential life’s rental properties unit for several years before moving to North Complex.

Many will remember her for assisting with overnight lodging in Lakeside Apartments, or for her work with families living in the Northwood and Mansfield Apartments.

Landeck’s position in North Complex started during the summer of 1999 and brought her in close contact with thousands of students.

John Armstrong, complex manager with residential life, describes Landeck as “extremely hard working and dedicated to the University and our goals and missions.”

He says he enjoyed her sense of humor.

“Through her stories, she made people laugh and put them in a good mood.”

Logan Trimble, associate director of residential life, says Landeck was “always helpful, always full of energy, and always willing to assist students and staff. Jeanette’s sparkle will certainly be missed.”

He adds that from the time he started working with her in 1992 until she moved to a complex office in 1999, Landeck handled family housing vacancies and transactions.

“For many people, this would have been a challenge beyond the demands of a busy office,” Trimble says.

“But with determination and drive in a hectic, fast-paced environment, Jeanette worked around lease agreements for many of our international residents, scheduled rental start dates for people thousands of miles from UConn, and managed to do it with a smile.

“As a testimony to her good deeds, many times I would come in the office and see a vase of flowers on her desk from an anonymous tenant,” he adds, “or I’d see cards during the holidays from people who had long ago graduated from UConn.”

Friend and colleague Joanne Sullivan says Landeck “was a good person, full of compassion and love. She had energy, loved life, and liked to have a good time. I’m truly going to miss her.”

Landeck is survived by her husband Mark, her mother, a brother, and three sisters.

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