On July 1, 2015 – The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake hosted a memorial dedication in honor of Jeannette Petrolia.

It has been less than one year since we lost Jeannette Petrolia an outstanding individual who dedicated nearly 20 years of service with Delaware North.  She began working for the company in 1995 at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.  It was there that she developed education programs for high school students run by NASA Astronauts.  She later became the General Manager (GM) of the Astronaut Hall of Fame and then as the General Manager for The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake for 10 years.

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Jeannette was a true mentor and instrumental in the development and implementation of DiscoveryPaths, an educational program designed for 7th graders.

There are not enough words to describe Jeannette.  Simply said, her integrity and strength made her one of the most recognizable leaders in Delaware North and in the community where she lived and worked.  She had a way of understanding what needed to be done and had an incredible approach of engaging others with successful results – it was because of her grace.

Each of Jeannette’s family, friend, and professional relationships were admirable because they were of gratitude and respect – it is something to cherish for a lifetime.  She made a point of introducing herself and lighting up the room with that twinkle in her eyes and bright smile on her face.

At the memorial dedication, Delaware North Parks and Resorts announced the  Jeannette Petrolia award for Interpretation and  Education as well as a scholarship for hospitality students attending Kent State University.

This dedication is meaningful for her legacy, for those of us who knew her and for those who will be touched by her in spirit.  It is a true honor.

Published July 1, 2015