Jeanne Margerite Demers
March 8, 1949 – November 16, 2021
AUBURN Jeanne (Petrin) Demers died peacefully at home on November 16, 2021 . Jeanne was born on March 8, 1949 in Biddeford, Maine to Lucien and Therese Petrin. She was the oldest of three children. She attended Catholic schools in Biddeford and continued on to study mathematics and French at St. Francis College in Biddeford. She was the first in her family to graduate college. While there, she met her future husband, Marc Demers. They married in August of 1971 and remained together happily for over 50 years.
After a short out-of-state teaching career, Jeanne and Marc started a family and moved back to Maine. They eventually built their home on Trapp Road in Auburn where they raised their family. After many years as a stay-at-home mom, Jeanne returned to work in the kitchen at Sherwood Heights Elementary School where she remained until her retirement.
Jeanne was an accomplished cook, seamstress, all-around problem solver and do-it-yourselfer long before DIY was a trend. There was not a piece of furniture she couldn’t upholster, no meal she couldn’t cook, and no article of clothing that she was unable to alter or create. Although her immediate family were the greatest beneficiaries of her talents, she often lent her talents to others, such as a young priest in need of vestments, a family member looking for a special-occasion outfit, or a friend requiring alterations to a wedding dress.
Jeanne loved to learn and read. She had an analytical mind, frustratingly flawless logic, and fierce debating skills. She spent hours tutoring her children and, eventually, her grandchildren. Education and hard work were always priorities to her, and she loved doing home projects with her husband. Her greatest gifts, though, were kindness, selflessness, and patience. She was always ready and available to spend time with her husband, children, and grandchildren and the many people who called her memere/mom.
Jeanne was predeceased by both her parents. She is survived by her husband, her three children Luc (Alexandra) Demers, Caryn (Jamey) Bourgoin, Lydia (Dennis) Tuttle, her cherished grandchildren, and a large extended family. She leaves behind a legacy of love, generosity and forgiveness that spans the world. Her legacy will continue for generations through those that have been fortunate enough to love her.
The family would like to thank Jeanne's in-home caregivers who cared for her with love and compassion, including Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice, Good Shepard Food Bank, Alzheimer's Association or HFC.
FUNERAL SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: A Funeral mass for Jeanne will be held at St. Phillips Catholic Church, Saturday Decemeber 4th at 10AM.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Jeanne Margerite Demers
December 1, 2021
Though I never met you in person Meme, we did talk on the phone. I am eternally grateful to you for saving Alex when she was sick and you drove her to hospital.
Delia has inherited so many of your skills- a wonderful legacy . Love to all the family
Christine and Bryan xx
November 22, 2021
Dear Marc, Luc, Caryn, and Lydia,
My heart breaks for the four of you, and your entire family, on the irreplaceable loss of Jeanne. All of you are her proud and enduring legacy.
Jeanne and I met in the fall of 1967 at St. Francis College, where both of us majored in mathematics and French. It was the beginning of a close and lasting friendship, which eventually included our husbands, and which was nurtured for 54 years. Ah, the memories. . . I am so thankful for the blessing of Jeanne in my life.
I am trying to focus on this Dr. Seuss quote: "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."
Love from your forever friend,
Anita Boisvert Poulin
November 19, 2021
Dear Marc and family,
Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of Jeanne!
May the good memories bring you peace!
Anita and Larry Poulin