Brattleboro - Early on the morning of June 19th Janet Ellen Magee, 71, of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and Brattleboro, Vermont passed away peacefully after a long struggle with dementia. Janet’s spirit is carried on by her loving husband of 43 years, Chris Magee, her four children, Lori and Matt Lozowick, Shawn Magee and Kerry Tilton as well as five grandchildren, and a litany of extended family and friends who were touched by her generosity.
Born in 1946 in New Rochelle, NY, to John and Jennie Gailhard, Janet learned responsibility early, helping to care for her younger siblings, Judy, Joyce, John and Jimmy, while her parents worked. She received her nursing degree at Grasslands Nursing School in Valhalla, N.Y. She spent the next 25 years practicing her craft in various states working in hospitals, hospice and through visiting nurse associations. She loved comforting patients and their families through difficult transitions with grace and compassion.
Janet was the glue that made her family prosper. Her selfless nature endeared her to everyone. Through the years, many people passed through her door. Some stayed for years. All were welcome.
She was a diligent gardener who loved to have her hands in the dirt. She was a quilter and seamstress and an excellent cook. She was a wealth of nursing advice. She loved to dance and was an enthusiastic sailor. She loved the sun and the sea. Together with her husband Chris, they cruised throughout New England on both Spirit and Zingara.
Before dementia began to take her freedom, her greatest joy was caring for her grandchildren, Brady and Lily. Not a day went by when she couldn’t be seen pushing a stroller or wagon towards the beach with children in hand.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 28th at 11 AM at Saint Michael’s Church, 47 Walnut Street, Brattleboro, Vermont with a reception to follow.
Gifts in Janet’s memory may be made to: Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301.