BANGOR - Janet Ciano died November 22, 2015, at Hospice of Dayton in Ohio, following a long illness. She was born July 14, 1944, in Valdosta, Georgia, to Walter and Virginia Lassen, natives of South Dakota.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, John Ciano, currently of Fairborn Ohio; brothers, Erick of Big Water, Utah, Mark of Defuniak Springs, Florida, James of Bergen, Norway, and sister, Ruth of Harriman, Tennessee; also by many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.
John and Janet met as students at the University of Montana in the spring of 1963 and married November 10,1964, in Cour D'alene, Idaho. They came to Maine in the summer of 1971 one year after John was discharged from the USAF. They lived in Rockport for 6 years and then moved to Bangor, where they lived for 37 years. Janet played violin in the Bangor Symphony Orchestra for 35 years and taught violin and piano using the Suzuki Method for nearly as long. She also contributed to the founding of the Bay Chamber Music School and The Odeon Orchestra in Rockport. Janet's specialty was the teaching of young children and her great gift was the ability to instill in them both a love of music and the capacity to listen critically to their own playing. Her students learned that all music, no matter how simple or complex, could be made beautiful. Of the hundreds of children that Janet introduced to music many went on to advanced studies at major conservatories such as Oberlin, New England Conservatory, and North Carolina School for the Arts. Several are now enjoying successful careers in music, including two members of the popular Boston based chamber orchestra Palaver Strings.
A ceremony of remembrance for Janet is planned for the spring.