Dear Pine Hill and Beaver Lake Families, Staff and Friends:
It is with the deepest sadness that Karen and I inform you of the passing of our friend and valued employee Jeanne Lane. We are still in disbelief. The news came as a shock and caught us all unprepared for such terrible news. We have worked for the last few days to stabilize Pine Hill and continue to care for all our residents.
Jeanne, over the years, was not only one of our most valued employees, but a friend to many that came along her path. One of the most dedicated professionals in the elder care community, there is nothing Jeanne wouldn’t do for her extended families at Pine Hill and Beaver Lake. I recently met with Jeanne and teased her about a special surprise I was planning for her this Christmas. I can tell you all that the paperwork was filled out to get her the required waiver from the State of NH to become an Administrator for our company. Although she won’t be with us here on earth, I’m sure she will smile from heaven when she sees that Karen and I acknowledged her as our next Administrator. She deserved the title.
We will never be able to replace Jeanne and will always remember her in our hearts and minds. Yes, over the years I made her cry once or twice and there were a few times she gave it right back to me. Now, she has finally made me cry so I guess we are even, but it sure isn’t what either of us had planned. We both learned a lot from each other and I will miss her and always keep her memory eternal. Rest in Peace dear friend.
Jeanne Marie Lane, 70, of Windham, NH passed away on Thursday afternoon, August 29, 2019 at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital after a brief illness.
Jeanne was born on March 23, 1949 in Revere, MA to Jean M. (Hingston) and Stillman C. Thorburne. She grew up in Tewksbury and attended local schools. Jeanne loved spending time outdoors with her family, she spent many weekends on the boat at Mackenzies Landing Marina in Amesbury, MA with her father and Captain Bill as well as enjoying her camper at 3 Ponds Campground in Brentwood, NH with Lynn and Josh.
She worked for many years at the Pine Hill Assisted Living, starting her career as the Activities Director and later as a Manager. Earlier in her career, she worked for many years at BAE Systems.
Jeanne is survived by her children, Karen Lane of Milford, NH, Jonathan Lane and his wife Jennifer of Pepperell, MA, Donald Lane and his wife Denise of Ashby, MA, Debra Sawyer and her husband Bennett of Somerville, MA, and Joshua Dunn of Windham, NH; her 6 grandchildren; her 3 great-grandchildren; as well as her siblings, Stevie Thorburne, Patty Pineau and her husband Armand, Janet Ross and her husband Chick, Richard Thorburne, Sherry Morris and her husband Glenn, Dino Halpin-Doyle, Joey Thorburne, Claire Wodinkski and her husband Scott, and Carol Dunn. She also has many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly including her godchild Shelly Golan of Lawrence, MA.
She was predeceased by her parents Jean and Stillman Thorburne, her close friends Wilfred Smith and Lynn Davis, two nephews Jonathan Thorburne and Joseph Thorburne as well as many of the residences at Pine Hill who became family to her.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, September 4th from 4 to 6pm at the Carrier Family Funeral Home, 38 Range Road, Windham, NH 03087. A funeral service will follow at 6pm at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to CareGiversNH.org