In Memorium of our Beloved Employee & Friend: Jeanne Lane

By | August 29, 2019
Jeanne Lane Memorial

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.

Tony Massahos

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

2 thoughts on “In Memorium of our Beloved Employee & Friend: Jeanne Lane

  1. Lynn Wojewoda

    Dear Tony, Karen and Pine Hill residents and staff,
    I am so saddened to learn of the passing of dear sweet Jeanne. I had the pleasure of getting to know Jeanne as we worked together to provide care and services for the residents of Pine Hill. Jeanne was a gem, a rock, a caring and sweet and dedicated person. Jeanne’s only goal was to provide grace and dignity for those aging in place. Pine Hill was never an “institution” with Jeanne around. Jeanne made Pine Hill a true home for those residing there. Jeanne was never nor would have been the type of “administrator” as most people would perceive such a role. Jeanne could easily be found working over nights, weekends, doing personal care for residents and spending good ole human quality time with all she cared for and adored deeply. As a nurse myself with Amedisys Home Health services, Jeanne knew she could call me at any time to discuss what help we could provide for a resident. Jeanne was great at knowing the residents needs, identifying them quickly and getting our nurses and therapists in to help maintain and improve their quality of life. In turn the residents were able to lead a more fulfilling and happy time at Pine Hill, because of Jeanne’s attentiveness. There are only so many people as truly dedicated and passionate about what they did in life, as was Jeanne.
    Take care my friend. You will be missed by many whom you have touched.
    My sincere condolences to the Pine Hill family.
    God bless,
    Lynn Wojewoda

  2. Debra J Sawyer

    Thank you Tony. My mom loved working at Pine Hill, it gave her so much joy to create an atmosphere for the residence that felt like a home. She was very proud of the facility and everyone that worked there.

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