DEER ISLE – Janice Ellen (Weeks) Heanssler, 69, fell asleep in Christ on Sept. 19, 2013, at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital after a brave and courageous battle with cancer. Born March 27, 1944, to Elwin “Slim” and Muriel (Cooper) Weeks, Janice grew up in Whitefield on a farm, where she found a life-long love for animals.
She was a 1962 graduate of Erskine Academy, and in her younger years, a member of the Chelsea Advent Christian Church. She married her beloved husband, Donn Heanssler on June 14, 1969, and immediately moved to their home on Sunshine, Deer Isle. At that time, she became a member of the Sunshine Advent Christian Church, where she remained active until her death. She served as a deaconess, a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Sunshine Advent Christian Home and World Outreach, and was a faithful prayer warrior and great encourager to all. Janice was a long-standing member of the Washington Second Advent Christian Campmeeting Association in Washington, Maine, where she enjoyed attending services all her life.
Janice enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her two daughters, who both enjoyed having her travel with them on school trips when they were younger. All who knew her will never forget her delicious cooking.
Along with her parents, Janice was predeceased by her brothers, Harvey and Leonard Weeks. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Donn; her daughters, Raegan Heanssler of Augusta, and Larissa Heanssler of Sunshine, Deer Isle; sister, Helene Dunbar of Winslow; and many cousins.
Calling hours will be held 5-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Stonington. The funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Sunshine Advent Christian Church, Deer Isle, with the Rev. David W. Davis officiating. A graveside committal at Evergreen Cemetery and reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Janice’s memory to the Sunshine Advent Christian Home and World Outreach, care of Valerie Heanssler, 26 Conary Cove Road, Deer Isle, ME 04627; or Washington Advent Christian Campmeeting, care of Donna Whitaker, 65 Longwood Ave., Augusta, ME 04330. Arrangements by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Homes, Stonington.