Janet Berry

Janet J Berry (Johnson)

February 14, 1931 - June 18, 2020
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WARREN – Our beloved Janet J. Berry, passed away Friday, June 18, 2020 in Portland. With her loving husband Will by her side. They were inseparable for nearly 70 years and she never wasted a day of her 89 years.

Born February 14, 1931 in Rockland to Lewis and Marguerite (Foster) Johnson, she grew up in Thomaston, where she would marry and have 2 children.

To help support her family she worked at the former Sylvania plant before deciding to go back to school and get her degree at the University of Maine. She was determined to make a better life and she did.

She taught first graders at the Laura Libby School in Thomaston for 23 years until she retired. Janet loved all of her students, finding the good in all people, and they loved her back.

After retirement Janet began to paint in 1990. Particularly oil and acrylic paintings of Maine landscapes and flowers. She took classes, attended art shows and became quite accomplished. It was a whole new world and a new circle of friends and artists. She did art shows from Saco to Bangor. Always ahead of her time, she embraced the computer early on using them and smart phones right up until she passed.

She enjoyed traveling, eating out, and visiting friends and family. She had a mischievous fun nature and constant laugh. She loved playing games of chance and reserved Thursday nights for BINGO. She loved to garden and to this day has hybrid day lilies that she has given away and sold over the years, but her favorite flower was a poppy.

Janet was a peacemaker. She helped anyone who needed it. Often passing the homeless or those in need, only to turn back and give what she had with no expectations. She was never envious of anyone, and wanted the best for everybody. She helped people and animals of all kinds and loved her last cat “Tickey”. Tickey showed up homeless and hungry at her door covered in ticks. She took her in and never let her go a day without being loved and cared for. She talked to the crows and owls, literally calling them and they would call back. She had a gift. She WAS a gift. Above all she loved and cherished her family and many friends and will be profoundly missed.

Predeceased by her parents, Janet is survived by her husband Willis Berry, her son Rodney Berry and his wife Linda, her daughter Susan Gitlin and her husband Robert, her step grandson Jon Barrows and his wife Lisa Rosinsky and baby boy Elias, her niece, Andrea Fernald and her partner Maggie Shaw, and many other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Visiting Hours will be held, Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Janet’s memory to the Pope Memorial Humane Society, PO Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841
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    Thursday August 6, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday August 6, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home
    110 Limerock Street
    Rockland, Maine 04841
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Robin Boyd

Posted at 04:29pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Janet was one of my Dad’s (Forest “Woody” Anderson) favorite cousins. I hope they are sharing a good laugh in heaven because they shared so many on earth. With Love, Robin, Cheryl & Joyce Anderson

Patricia Weaver

Posted at 02:49pm
My thoughts, prayers and love are with you. Janet was a wonderful soul and full of love. She will be missed by so many.
May God wrap His loving arms around you and show you so peace.
Love to all
Pat Weaver


Posted at 08:20am
sorry to hear the sad news of your mom.i will always remember playing those intense double solitaire games with her.she was a true competitor always winning.that special smile will never fade.hope all are well.Lanny Winchenbach

Janice Wyman

Posted at 08:36pm
Just wanted to offer my deepest condolences to Mr. Berry & his family. I remember Mrs. Berry as a very, very nice lady & always so kind. I remember one time my mother, Wanda Weaver & I stopped at a lawn sale she was having on the lawn of the house. I remember being very shy, but she made me feel welcome right away. That's the kind of person she was. I bought a Christmas decoration that was a train that spelled out the word "NOEL". Every time I put it out, I thought of her, as I will continue to do. It's amazing how one small interaction with someone can affect you so positively, and that was the type of person she was. So sorry for you loss.

Terri Bassett

Posted at 08:32pm
When I started teaching at Lura Libby School, Janet was there and took me under her wing. She helped and guided me during my first years of teaching. I always referred to her as my second mother. She made me feel more comfortable being far from my family. She introduced me to Lobster. She also invited me to Bingo and I spent many Thursday nights laughing and enjoying her company. Janet was a very kind and compassionate person. Her students loved her. I will definitely miss her! 🙏🏻

Sue Barre Posted at 10:56am

Terri, My mom always spoke fondly of you. I hope you can join us for an informal memorial service August 6th from 5-7 at the Burpee Funeral home in Rockland.

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