PRESQUE ISLE – Janet Snowman Duncan, 84, passed away peacefully September 28, 2013, at the Presque Isle Nursing Home following a long illness. She was born May 12, 1929, in Caribou to Leroy and Ruby (Ashby) Snowman.
Janet grew up and was educated in Caribou. She met Jack Duncan when they worked at J.C. Penney and their courtship flourished when they attended college in Boston. She graduated Massachusetts General Hospital’s registered nursing program in 1951 and worked at the Togus Veteran’s Hospital in Augusta before returning to Aroostook County. Janet and Jack were married in Caribou on October 18, 1952. When their children were young, most of Janet’s time was spent as a homemaker though she occasionally provided private nursing care for individuals. When her children were older, Janet worked at A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital and Presque Isle Nursing Home, where she was held in high regard by the staff and patients. She enjoyed participating in the Spragueville Extension and was especially active in the Grant Memorial United Methodist Church where she was an energetic, loyal member. Janet and Jack always lived in Presque Isle but traveled extensively in and outside the U.S. Janet enjoyed the outdoors and happily went camping, canoeing, skiing, skating or out for a ramble in the woods on short notice. She was a faithful correspondent and wrote long, newsy letters to her daughters and family and many shorter notes to people in need of cheer. Janet was a loving daughter, wife, sister, mother, and grandmother, a generous hostess and friend to many. She was good-humored and kind and will be dearly missed.
Janet is survived by her devoted husband of almost 61 years, Jack E. Duncan; daughters, Anne Dicker and husband, Roger, of Westfield; Jane Cary and husband, Michael, of Wilmington, Vermont; Ellen Mitchell and husband, Kevin, of Geneva, New York; grandchildren, Will Cary and his wife, Ella; Katherine Cary and her fiancé, Steve Sandak; Rachel Dicker; Deidre Dicker Braley and her husband, Ethan; Dianne Mitchell and Dorothy Mitchell; sisters, Barbara White and her husband Seth, and Mary Snowman; brother, David Snowman and his wife, Julie; brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Betty Duncan, and sister-in-law, Marie Duncan; as well as two nieces and a great-niece and nephew. Janet was predeceased by her parents; her siblings, Robert Snowman and Dorothy Snowman; and her brother-in-law, Carl Duncan.
A funeral service celebrating Janet’s life will be held 1 p.m. Friday, October 4, at Grant Memorial United Methodist Church, 79 Fleetwood St., Presque Isle, with Pastor Ernie Farrar officiating. Calling hours will be held Thursday, October 3, 6-8 p.m. at Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, 30 Church St., Presque Isle. Interment will be immediately after the funeral service at Fairmount Cemetery, Presque Isle and there will be a reception in Janet’s honor at the church. Contributions in Janet’s memory may be made to Grant Memorial United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund, 79 Fleetwood St., Presque Isle, ME 04769. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared though www.duncan-graves.com.