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HERMON - Jeanette Ada (Crane) Martelle, 68, of Hermon passed into eternal rest on January 7th, 2016 at the home of her son and daughter in law in Winslow after a courageous and graceful battle with lung cancer.

"Jan" was born on March 3rd, 1947 in Stetson, Maine to parents, Lester and Marjorie (Jellison) Crane. Jan married Albert "Pete" Martelle and they had a long and happy marriage until the time of his death in 2011.

Surviving are her son, Richard Martelle, wife Andréa and her son Avery Mills of Winslow. Jan's grandchildren Elizabeth and Adam Martelle of Bangor were her inspiration for living. She enjoyed countless Saturday mornings of "coffee-cereal talk" in the sunroom with Elizabeth as well as watching Adam build many NASCAR racetracks in her Hermon home. Survivors also include her loving brother, David and wife, Kathy of Lamoine: her devoted sister, Margaret Ferris and husband, Bill of Bucksport along with 3 nieces and their families-Jennie Bridges of Verona, Tracie Moon of Hancock and Kim Edgecomb of Mariaville.

Jan graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1965. She later graduated from the D'Lor Beauty School in Brewer. Jan owned a hair studio in her home and most recently retired from J.C. Penny salon in Bangor where she made many cherished friendships over the years. Her salon girls were a second family and continued to include Jan on adventures after her retirement. Jan was appreciative of the love, laughter and support over the years. Special thanks to Kim Rosen, Sonja Bragdon, Donna Greenlaw and Linda Mullen for being her dearest friends. Additionally, Jan was recognized as a Master Gardner through the University of Maine cooperative extension program. Her beautiful gardens highlighted her green thumb.

In the weeks prior to her passing, Jan had the opportunity to visit with many family members and friends. She shared how blessed she felt to be able to thank many people in person for their contributions to her life. Jan is especially grateful to her former daughter in law, Marcella Martelle and partner, Kevin Kenny of Bangor who had been supportive in getting her to appointments and ensuring she was able to spend as much time as possible with her grandchildren. Jan spoke of her son, Rick and his wife Andréa, AKA "nurse Ratchet" as her angels, moving her into their home to support her needs. Special thanks goes to Dr. Locke and the entire staff at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in Augusta. Their knowledgeable and compassionate care along with Jan's courage and strength afforded her an additional 3 years with her family and friends. Jan wanted to be sure to acknowledge the nurses who covered Andréa's last 2 weeks of shifts so she could be home with her family helping run the "Rick and Andréa Bed and Breakfast /Hospice House," as Jan lovingly referred to their home. The family also appreciates the care received from the wonderful staff on 2 West at the Alfond Center for Health and MaineGeneral Home Care and Hospice.

At the request of the deceased, a private burial will take place in the spring at Woodbine Cemetery in Ellsworth. Memorial donations may be made to The Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, PO Box 828 Waterville, Maine 04903 or HealthReach Home Care & Hospice PO Box 828, Waterville, Maine 04901.

At the family's request there will be no funeral or visitation hours. Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan.
Published on  January 9, 2016
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