The community and the Cleveland Police Museum lost a dear friend and supporter in February. Jeanette Womack Kyle passed away on February 6, 2021 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Jeanette had been living with her daughter Jill. Arrangements were handled by Boyd Funeral Home and she was laid to rest in Lake View Cemetery.
Jeanette started working for the City of Cleveland Maintenance Department in 1966 and moved to the Safety Division in 1976. When she retired in 1990, she immediately joined the Cleveland Police Auxiliary and remained active into 2016. An active and longtime member of the Fraternal Order of Police Associates, Lodge 23, Jeanette rarely missed a meeting. She was very involved with the Sixth District Police Community Relations Committee and had volunteered at the Cleveland Police Museum since 1997. Appearing at the Museum on a regular basis for many years, her glowing smile greeted visitors. She was always ready to answer questions and guide visitors through the displays. The Cleveland Police Historical Society and Museum recognized Jeanette at their 25th Anniversary Ball in 2008 with a Volunteer Service Award and a Proclamation from the State of Ohio provided by State Senator Thomas Patton.
The recipient of many community awards, Jeanette downplayed her impact in the community. Jeanette was once recognized by Mayor Michael White for her efforts when she was almost struck by a motorist while directing traffic at a flooded intersection. She was able to jump out of the way, but the driver struck her parked vehicle. In 1997 she received the Most Treasured Volunteer award from the Federation for Community Planning.
She was bestowed with a Citizen Award at the 1998 Annual Police Awards Ceremony for her many years of service to the community. Mayor Michael White honored her with the Key to the City in 2001 for her continued service to the citizens of Cleveland.
Former Police Chief Rocco Pollutro said of Jeanette, “Mrs. Kyle lived in the Sixth District and was very active in all of our programs. She loved the Cleveland Police and its Officers.”
Jeanette is survived by her daughters Jill and Judy, two granddaughters and a grandson. She will be missed by the many people she has touched over the years.