Jeanette's Story

BUCKSPORT and CASTINE - Jeanette "Jini" Shaffer died peacefully in Belfast, Maine, on January 19, 2016, at the age of 87, surrounded by her loving family.

Jini will be remembered, first and foremost, as a devoted wife and mother, and also a sister, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, aunt, community volunteer and a friend to many.

Jini is survived by her husband, Raymond "Mike" Shaffer of Belfast, Maine; her daughter, Betsy Shaffer-Rockwell and her husband, Rocky; and grandchildren, Ruby Rockwell of Alaska and Anne Rockwell of Bethel, Maine, also Alex Rockwell and wife, Holland, Liza Rockwell Dewitt and husband, Anson, and their daughter, Ella; and Jini's son, Mike and his wife, Kathie Curnick-Shaffer, of Erving, Massachusetts. Jini also leaves many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews scattered across the country. She was predeceased by her brother, Bill Shaw; and sisters, Elmy Anderson, Marge Webber and Liz Thompson.

Jini was born on September 4, 1928, in Caribou, Maine, to Else Wright Shaw and Harry Shaw. Jini was a "county" girl and took runner-up as The Maine Potato Blossom Queen. She grew up working on the family potato farm with her siblings and graduated from the Caribou High School at the age of 16. She then attended the University of Maine and graduated in 1950. Jini continued her graduate work on Child Development with Merrill Palmer of Detroit and taught in Portland, Maine, before becoming a Home Service Advisor for Central Maine Power. In 1953, Jini married Dr. Raymond Shaffer, and they relocated from Hallowell to Bucksport, Maine, to make their home together.

Her long life was enriched by family events, and ability to remain active. Golf, tennis, skiing, sailing, hiking, gardening, cooking, knitting and entertaining were hobbies that she loved and not only excelled at, but taught to others. Above all, she had an incredible sense of style, and shared that talent with many.

Jini was an accomplished water color artist, having art shows in Castine and Belfast. With her keen sense of colors, she was able to capture the natural beauty of the Maine Sea Coast. She also loved flowers and making arrangements guided by her artists' eye. She explored other art media and was an accomplished potter as well. Jini was an avid downhill skier and golfer. She was passionate about her gardens and was active in gardens clubs in both Castine and Bucksport. She loved sailing and especially exploring the islands of Penobscot Bay. Jini was very competitive in anything she did, whether golf or cribbage. She helped instill the passion of competition in those close to her!

Jini and Mike were fortunate to have traveled throughout the United States and beyond. Many happy years were spent with friends "North and South." They enjoyed dual homes in North Ft. Myers, Florida, and Castine, Maine, until finally returning to Maine in 2008. But it was truly Maine that Jini called home.

No funeral is scheduled at this time. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be scheduled in the spring in Bucksport. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Elm Street Congregational Church, P.O. Box 878, Bucksport, ME 04416. Arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services Buckport. www.mitchelltweedie-young.com
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