Gloucester, MA — Jeanette Florence (Lessard) Newman, 78, left October 17, 2013, for another adventure. She was the wife of the late John L. (Jack) Newman. Jack swung by to pick her up so they could be together forever. They said they would love each until the river behind the house ran dry. It never did.
Jeanette Newman was born in Beverly, Mass., on November 18, 1934. She was the daughter of the late Alcide J. and Jennie M. (Benoit) Lessard.
She graduated from St. Mary's High School in Beverly, Mass. Jeanette enjoyed working alongside with her husband. She helped him in his Body Shop, or running out to get parts and materials. She also helped anyway she could in his lobstering business. She might be up to her knees in water pumping out an old boat by hand, so they could buy it and repair it to use for lobstering. She would get paint right through her clothes, down to her skin, while painting up those old boats. But, she was always a good sport about it. After working on two of those kinds of boats, he had a new one built and he named it “Jeanette N.” For years, Jeanette supplied several farm stands, restaurants and some small variety stores with her homemade baked goods. Before it got light out, you could hear her working away, getting baked goods ready to sell that day. Jack would come in and sit in the corner of the kitchen, peeling apples and chopping nuts to give her a hand.
Jeanette also ran the cash register for years at Cape Ann Market, Cape Ann Food Co-Op and Railroad Liquors. She also worked the counter at Holiday Bakery in Essex. When she wasn't doing that, she took classes, traveled and volunteered at places like the Veterans office.
For many years, Jeanette enjoyed going camping with her family. She would have the camper ready, so on Fridays, after work, off they would go camping. If not camping, she would have everything ready to spend the day on the boat. She loved taking her kids and their friends to the beach. Soaking up the sun rays was one of her favorite things to do.
Jeanette would knit beautiful sweaters. Years ago, she won several Blue ribbons at the Topsfield Fair for her knitting. She sewed her children’s clothing when they were growing up. She wore out many a convertible driving around town, dropping off and picking up her kids. She really enjoyed those old cars.
Jeanette wasn't only a devoted wife, she was the mother to three headstrong, independent children. She is survived by Cheryl, wife of Rudolph Lahti Jr., of Gloucester, Mass., Denise Correll of Farmington, Maine, and John E. Newman of Fremont, N.H., and his significant other, Joanie Viator. She loved her grandchildren very much and leaves behind, Ethan Lahti, Alison Lahti, Samuel Correll and John (Jake) Correll. She loved to tell people what they were up to. They never let her get old. She will be missed.
She was predeceased by brothers, Wilfred, Roy and Edward Lessard.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services and burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her memory to The Office of Veteran Services, 9 Dale Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, MA. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.