LEWISTON — Jeanne R. Janelle Bannister, 89, passed away Thursday, April 8, after a short illness at St Mary’s Regional Medical Center with her loving niece, Sally Ann, by her side.
She was born on Aug. 20, 1920, the daughter of Adelard and Rose (Michaud) Janelle. She was educated in Lewiston and attended St. Peter’s School through the eighth grade.
She loved to work and had a long and varied career, beginning at the Cushman and Shapiro shoe shops and later as a weaver in the textile mills. She was a waitress at the Holiday Inn and Phil-o-Mar restaurants, and eventually worked in the housekeeping department of Central Maine Medical Center until retirement. Wanting to stay active after two years of retirement, she decided to take a job at the deli at Bourque’s for the next four years. Her love for children and keeping busy led her to become a much beloved foster Grammie at Sherwood Heights School in Auburn. She worked in Linda Roman’s fifth-grade class from 2000 to 2006.
She was a member of the senior citizens group at Holy Cross and of the Union of St. John the Baptist, and a communicant of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.
She loved to cook and entertain, sew, work with ceramics, play cards, bingo and bowl.
She was a very active participant in many of the activities offered at the Odd Fellows’ and Rebekahs’ boarding home in Auburn, of which she had been a resident since October 2008.
She is survived by her niece, Sally Ann (Perrin) Major, her husband, Lawrence Sr., their two sons, Greg and Larry Jr., his son, Lars, and two daughters, Nicole (Major) Beauregard, and her two children, Lauryn and Josh, all of New Hampshire, and Pheap (Major) Kielpinski, husband, Joseph, and sons, Addison and Jesse, of Revere, Mass.’ another niece, Linda (Janelle) Greenleaf, her husband, Frank, and son, Kyle, of Thousand Oaks, Calif.
She was predeceased by her parents; three sisters, Loretta Perrin, Rolande Janelle and Irene Jordan; and one brother, Leo Janelle.
In her parents’ later years, she lovingly provided a great deal of support for them so they could live independently in their own home.
She will be greatly missed by family and friends, but especially by her two nieces, Sally and Linda.