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Jean Fasnacht is shown second from left. Jean Fasnacht is shown second from left.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Funland is known as one of the happiest places on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, and some say that is because of Jean Fasnacht.

"Jean took me in as though I was one of the family and it was amazing. She meant so much to me and so much to other people over the years," Bill Hensche said.

Fasnacht died on Sunday, Aug. 11, at the age of 84.  She and her husband Al, who met in kindergarten, bought the amusement park 50 years ago and turned it into their family business.

"Funland has been our life. It's been a remarkable experience to have our family work together like this for all these years," Al Fasnacht said.

Even though there were plenty of family members working at the park, they say Jean was always ready to pitch in and help.

"I started painting the benches and all of a sudden Jean showed up with a paint brush," Hensche said.  "And the two of us painted all of the benches in Funland. We did one a day and it was amazing. I never asked, she was just there, for some reason she saw me painting and wanted to jump in and help."

And Jean was not just there for her family.

"Many people when they would come down would want to see Jean and Al," Hensche said. "And they'd say hi to them and touch base because they hadn't seem them for a year or whatever. So she just touched many many lives."

Funland will be closed Tuesday, Aug. 20, so the family can honor Jean Fasnacht.  Her funeral will be held in her hometown of Hershey, Pa. 

The family asks in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Hershey Food Bank, P.O. Box 205, Hershey, PA 17033

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