Jennie's Story

HARRINGTON - Jennie Effie (Strout) Ganiel, 73, died peacefully at home in Harrington, Maine on Friday, May 13, 2016. Jennie was born on February 10, 1943 to Gladys (Grant) and Winslow Strout in their home on Pirate's Corner in Harrington. She attended Harrington High School, where she played basketball in the days before women could cross the half-court line, and graduated in 1961.

As a young woman, she moved to New Jersey, where she worked at Wheaton Plastics and Lennox China. She married her husband, Carl, in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey on January 26, 1968. She returned to Maine in 1974 with Carl and daughter Rebecca. There she gave birth to two more daughters, Carla and Gladys, and raised her family in the house she had grown up in.

While her children were young, Jennie was a stay-at-home mother and caregiver to her own mother. Later, she worked for Worcester Wreath decorating Christmas wreaths and for Jasper Wyman and Sons, holding a variety of jobs in the blueberry factory including the pick-over room and the lab. She took pride in working hard and doing a good job, had fun joking with her co-workers, and was never afraid to stand up for the other women in the factory.

Jennie was an officer and active member of the Harrington High School Alumni Association for many years and looked forward to reconnecting with her classmates at the annual Alumni Banquet. She attended church when she was able and had a strong sense of faith. She loved the smell of lilacs and enjoyed growing flowers, including her prized Christmas cacti and African violets. She was a talented baker whose blueberry pies and buckles were exceptional. She was often the loudest voice in the stands at her children's sporting events, and on Saturday nights, she could often be found at a baked bean supper. She spent many pleasant hours drinking tea in the kitchen of her friend and neighbor, Edie Berry.

Jennie is survived by her husband of forty-eight years, Carl Ganiel; her daughters, Rebecca White and partner James Crowley of Addison, Carla Ganiel of Washington, DC and Gladys Ganiel O'Neill and husband Brian O'Neill of Belfast, Northern Ireland, two grandchildren, Chad Crowley and Ronan O'Neill; many family members and friends, including a special sister-in-law, Laura Strout, whose support in the last weeks of Jennie's life was very much appreciated. She was predeceased by her parents, Gladys and Winslow Strout; three brothers, Richard, Stanley and Irvin Strout; and one sister, Doris Gagne.

A memorial service will be arranged at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Maine Seacoast Mission, 127 West Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. A memorial website and guestbook is available at: http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/jennie-ganiel/
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