ALBION – Jean Marie Pershken, 43, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, at her home. She spent her last days in the company of family and friends. Jean was born Oct. 11, 1964, in Dover-Foxcroft, the daughter of James and Jeanene LaCasce. She grew up in Dover-Foxcroft and attended Foxcroft Academy with her brother, Duane; and sister, Claire. She attended the University of Maine, Orono, where she grad-uated with a degree in journalism in 1987. After graduation, Jean moved to Portland, where she worked for a small publishing company and L.L. Bean. In 1991 she married Ricky Pershken. After the birth of her son, James, in 1993, she quit work to raise her family. In 1993, shortly after James birth, the family relocated to Albion, where the community welcomed them. Julia was born in 1995. Jean did a wonderful job raising her children as she was always there for them. For the past six years she fought cancer while still taking care of her family. Jean was active in the community, volunteering for Albion PTA, Albion Boy Scout Troop, Winslow Congregational Church, coaching T-ball and taking the kids to many sporting events, musical productions and award ceremonies. She also worked for short periods as a substitute teacher at Albion Elementary School, Johnny’s Selected Seeds and Swans Honey. Jean enjoyed flower gardening, arts and crafts, painting, walking in the woods, cross-country skiing, yoga and spending time with her family. Our family spent many days at the LaCasce family camp in Dover-Foxcroft, where she could be with her family and especially with her mom. She also enjoyed the extended Christmas season. Because her family raises Christ-mas trees in Dover-Foxcroft, she began making ornaments in the fall, helped set up the retail shop around Thanksgiving and sold Christmas trees in Portland and Dover-Foxcroft. Visits to her Aunt Arlene and Nana’s in western Maine were always pleasurable events. Jean and our family wish to warmly thank the friends and family that helped through the long struggle. Many people in Albion and surrounding communities helped by bringing food, spending time with Jean and making sure our children got rides to and from the numerous activities they are involved in. Relatives and good friends offered her much appreciated care and comfort. We also wish to thank HealthReach Hospice program for the last two weeks of care and for all of the doctors and nurses that cared for her during her long illness. Mom was loved and will be greatly missed by her husband, Rick; and children, Julia and Jimmy. She is survived by her parents, James and Jean-ene LaCasce; her brother, Duane and wife, Joy LaCasce; nephews, Matthew and Patrick; niece, Kristi LaCasce, all of Dover-Foxcroft; her sister, Claire and husband, Gerald; niece, Erica Guse of Orland; and nephew, Travis Marshall of Terryville, Conn. A celebration of Jean’s life will be held 1-2 p.m. March 8 at Winslow Congregational Church with a reception after. A private burial will be held in the spring. Arrangements are by Dan & Scott’s Cremation and Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make donations in Jean’s memory may do so to Winslow Congregational Church, 12 Lithgow St., Winslow, ME 04901, HealthReach Hospice, care of MaineGeneral Health, Office of Philanthropy, P.O. Box 828, Waterville, ME 04901 or Albion Boy Scout Troop 446, care of Lincoln Sennett, 332 Bessey Ridge Road, Albion ME 04910.
JEAN MARIE PERSHKEN
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:14 p.m.