Jeanne's Story

RUMFORD AND BANGOR - Jeanne B. Hartranft , longtime resident of Rumford, Maine died peacefully with her children at her side on April 26th, 2015 at the Winterberry Heights Assisted Living Facility in Bangor, Maine.

She was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Paul and Alice Watson Billings of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, on March 24th, 1923.

She graduated from Tunkhannock High School in 1941. Jeanne worked for nine months for the Department of Justice, Department of Immigration and Naturalization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 1942 she married Captain John L. Hartranft Jr. at Craig Field Airbase in Selma, Alabama where fighter pilots, having completed their last phase of advanced flying training, often received their wings and wives in a traditional wedding ceremony. This would be their home until the end of the war, both being members of this country's greatest generation.

Jeanne's husband's career with the old Oxford Paper Company Wood Department placed them in Cape Elizabeth, Maine for 9 years and eventually Rumford, Maine from 1954 until 2005. Upon her husband's death in 2005, she moved to the Bangor, Maine area with her final residence being the Winterberry Heights Assisted Living Facility in Bangor, Maine.

Jeanne was a meticulous gardener, who for years maintained the most beautiful perennial flower gardens at their home in Rumford, Maine. She loved to knit and did so with beautiful detail. She was an avid reader who always had a book at her side.

She absolutely adored little children, deriving great pleasure from all little folks, especially her grand children and great-grand children.

Jeanne is survived by her son Thomas W. Hartranft and wife Marie of Greenville, SC., her daughter Jeannie H. Migliardi and husband Donald of Cos Cob, Ct., and daughter Holly H. Deshane and husband Thomas of Brewer, Maine, longtime friend and sister-in-law Kittie H. Roemer of Tunkhannock, PA., six grand children and five great-grand children.

Jeanne was most recently (4/9/2015 ) pre deceased by her first grand child, her grand daughter Lynn Hartranft Legere of Milford, Maine, daughter of her son Thomas and Marie Hartranft. This sad news she was never told.

Jeanne was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband, her brother Frederick J. Billings, 15th Air Force , WW11, B-24 pilot who, based in Italy, flew 40 combat missions.

The family of Jeanne B. Hartranft wish to extend their profound thanks to the caregivers at the Winterberry Heights Assisted Living Facility who so kindly and compassionately provided her wonderful help and care for many years.

The family extends special thanks to the Beacon Hospice group who so compassionately, with the help of the Winterberry Heights staff, made sure her life ended with comfort.

A private family service is planned.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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