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Jean Linda Dreshner, Supermarket Executive
b.25 November 1954
d.18 September 2013 Los Angeles County, California
  1. Jean Linda Dreshner, Supermarket Executive1954 - 2013
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Name Jean Linda Dreshner, Supermarket Executive
Gender Female
Birth? 25 November 1954
Death? 18 September 2013 Los Angeles County, California
Burial? 24 September 2013 Oakwood Memorial Park, Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, California

About Jean Dreshner

Jean Dreshner, daughter of Vincent Dreshner (1916-1971), spent much of her professional life working in the grocery industry. After starting as a Bakery Clerk for Hughes Family Markets, she worked her way up to Director when Hughes was acquired by Ralphs Grocery Company in 1998.
After working for Ralphs for a few years as Director of Home Meal Replacement, she joined Hows Markets (whose primary investor was Roger Hughes of Hughes Family Markets, and was in charge of Hows Service Deli/Bakery operations and also Hows Catering operations for many years, in the [then] four-store chain.
After Roger Hughes, ex-Chairman of Hughes Family Markets passed away in 2010 and his children decided to end their financial interest in Hows Markets, Jean became Vice President and part owner in Hows Markets, which eventually sold all but their most profitable store, located in Pasadena, California.

Jean was very active in many charitable organizations and philanthropic causes and also was very active and supportive of a local trade association, the Dairy/Deli/Bakery Council of Southern California (DDBC). For her leadership and support, she was awarded the DDBC's "Big Cheese" Award in August 1995, and also the "Retailer of the Year", by the DDBC in 1998. Jean married in 1973 in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Bob Hernandez, another successful grocery industry veteran who worked as a Meat Manager for Hughes Family Markets and later for Ralphs Grocery Company before recently retiring.

Jean Dreshner was known as an extremely hard and competent worker, who mentored many others during her career, was very well respected for her leadership in the grocery industry, and will be missed by many of the co-workers, collegues and friends that she made during her very successful career and life. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Jean Dreshner was held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, California, where she was laid to rest, with many family members, co-workers and friends in attendance.

Obituary

Ms. Jean Dreshner, a longtime California industry leader, died Sept. 18 following a 17-month battle with lymphoma.
Ms. Dreshner, who worked at Hughes Family Markets for 20 years before it merged with Ralphs in the late ’90s, most recently worked at Hows Markets in Pasadena where she oversaw general merchandise, deli, bakery and service deli.
She began at Hughes as a bakery clerk on the store level and left Ralphs as director of Home Meal Replacement. Ms. Dreshner also served on the board of the Deli Council, now known as the Deli Dairy Bakery Council, for a number of years. She was named the Deli Council’s Retailer of the Year in 1998.
According to a Lymphoma Research Foundation tribute web page set up in her honor, Ms. Dreshner “fought the most courageous fight against Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Diffuse Large B Cell version…Her battle was especially difficult. The odds were initially good, but she had a very resistant and aggressive form of this horrible disease.
“She endured multiple forms of chemo leading to a clinical trial. She also had hard physical battles.”
Funeral services for Ms. Dreshner will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Oakwood Cemetery chapel in Chatsworth, Calif. A graveside service will follow.
Flowers can be sent to Oakwood Memorial Park, 22601 Lassen St., Chatsworth, CA 91311; or Rose Family Funeral Home, 4444 Cochran St., Simi Valley, CA 93063. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to the Lymphoma Research Foundation in Ms. Dreshner’s name.
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