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SUPERIOR - Rescue crews confirmed the victim of a Monday morning house fire on Billings Dr. was Jean Sweeney who was in her mid–70's.
She was a retired teacher and active church member in Superior and was the sort of person that left a lasting impression on many.
It was the sort of morning neighbors never expected to see.
"The neighbor guy and my son both called at the same time to say that the house was on fire," neighbor Diane Erickson said.
Erickson knew that Jean Sweeney, who was once her choir teacher at Superior High School, lived in that home across the street.
When the flames erupted, she and others could only hope that she was not home.
"We were really optimistic," Erickson said.
"Neighbors called wondering if she was here, hoping she was here," Rev. Will Mowchan from the Pilgrim Lutheran Church said.
While Jean was often at her church in Superior, that was not the case Monday morning.
When those close to her heard the news that she had passed away, it was hard to come to terms with what they lost.
"She was one of those people that always had a sparkle in her eye," Mowchan said.
Jean was on the church council and ran the bell choir for several years.
She was known for getting along with people of all ages.
Although she is gone, her friends would like to think her spirit, her kindness and her willingness to help will never leave their side.
"I hope that plenty of that rubbed off," Mowchan said, "And that Jean stays with us when other people remember those qualities about her and say we want to be that way, too."
As of Monday night, fire crews were unable to determine the cause of the fire.
It remains under investigation.