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December 01, 2023

Jean Elledge Dostal

Jean Elledge Dostal

Jean Elledge Dostal, 78, of Kernersville, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 23, 2022.

A native of Taylorsville, Jean was the wife of 55 years to Robert Alan “Bob” Dostal and the daughter of Gordon “Clay” Elledge and Ruth Watts Elledge, both deceased.

She graduated from Wake Forest University in June of 1966 with a degree in History. Jean and Bob were married on June 18, 1966, in Taylorsville. She was a school teacher in various locations and capacities, and later became the owner and officer at Metalcrete Industries.

Jean served in Brecksville, Ohio, as Chairman of Heartfelt Holiday and the President of the PTA. She was an active bridge player and participant in Ladies Night Out Group and Art Mart. Jean was an avid follower of the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Browns, and the Cleveland Indians.

She served in Winston-Salem as President of the Encore Society for the Winston-Salem Symphony and as a volunteer with the Winston-Salem Symphony. Jean loved to travel and some of her favorite spots to visit were London and Charleston, South Carolina.
She was active in gardening, especially with flowers inside and outside the house. Jean loved entertaining friends and family. She especially enjoyed decorating the house for Christmas!

Survivors include her husband, Bob of the home; daughter, Susan Dostal Rice and husband Adam Michael Goldberg of Denver, Colorado; grandchildren, Austin Lanz Rice, Madison Marie Rice, and Caleb Abram Goldberg; sister, Nancy Elledge and husband James Magill of Dallas, Texas; and cousin, John Watts and wife Susan Cook Watts of Taylorsville, and their children, Jonathon Watts and wife Lindsey Holland Watts, and Nita Watts Putnam and husband Travis Putnam.

Funeral services celebrating her life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at a later date in Brecksville Highland Drive Cemetery, Brecksville, Ohio.

Friends and family may view and sign the guestbook at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Winston-Salem Symphony, 301 N. Main St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101; or to the Cleveland Orchestra, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106.


  1. Joan Deuch on April 26, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Jean was a beautiful, witty and interesting lady. I enjoyed being with her. I knew Jean for years in Brecksville Ohio through the schools, community events like Heartfelt Holidays and Ladies Night Out dinner group. She was taken much too soon.
    My deepest sympathy to Bob and family.

    Joan Deuch

  2. Helen Austin Hassler on April 26, 2022 at 11:21 am

    My condolence to Nancy and the rest of the family.

  3. Carol Sladky on April 27, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    Jean was such a good friend for many, many years in Brecksville. She was active in the school, community,and and was avid about the music life in Cleveland and all the Cleveland sports! I have very fond memories of our times together playing bridge,dining out with our friends, sharing celebrations with all our fiends, and sometimes just private conversations-friend to friend. She was full of life-and that life was cut too short.

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