Janet Davis Peterson

October 20, 1937July 7, 2018

Falmouth - Janet Davis Peterson, age 80, was surrounded by her family when she passed away on July 7, 2018 at the Gosnell Hospice House following a courageous year-long battle against cancer. She was born on October 20, 1937, in Portland, Maine to Richard and Mary (Hill) Davis. Janet described fond memories of growing up on Clinton Street with her brother (Stephen H. Davis) in Portland, Maine and time spent at Camp Moy-mo-da-yo.

Janet graduated from Deering High School in 1956 and attended Pennsylvania University where she completed her degree in dental hygiene. She went on to work in the field for many years at the Maine Youth Center and Community Dental. Janet met her former husband, Louis A. Peterson, II, and the two were married on May 22, 1962 at Woodfords Church where Janet was a long time member. Janet took great pride in her many roles at Woodfords Church including the Lay Ministry, Spirituality Group and Diaconate. Additionally, Janet volunteered her time at the Center for Grieving Children.

Janet was very proud of her three children (Erik C. Peterson, Sr., Thor A. Peterson, and Anne E. Kneale), daughter-in-law (Beth Matthews Peterson), and son-in law (Andrew W. Kneale). She devoted much of her energy raising her children and enjoyed spending time with her family at her home on Andrews Avenue in Falmouth, Maine as well as her family camp in Norway, Maine. Janet lit up when spending time with her three grandchildren (Erik C. Peterson, Jr., Landon D. Kneale, and Addison E. Kneale) and was often heard singing and reading with them.

Janet shared her witty sense of humor, playfulness, and genuine concern for others. Many describe Janet as a strong woman who draws the best out of others. She was loved by many and had a wonderful group of friends who enjoyed spending time together. Janet’s love for the holidays brought family and friends together in celebration. Janet lived intentionally and surrounded herself with joy. She enjoyed time spent at Pilgrim Lodge, book club, trips to the Frozen Custard, symphony and the Good Theatre. A service will be held at Woodfords Congregational Church 202 Woodford St. Portland, ME on July 21, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Please make donations to the Susan L. Curtis foundation in lieu of flowers.

Please visit to sign Janet's guestbook and offer your condolences.


  • Erik C. Peterson Sr, Son
  • Thor A. Peterson, Son
  • Anne E. Kneale, Daughter
  • Beth Matthews Peterson, Daughter-in-law
  • Andrew W. Kneale, Son-in-law
  • Erik C. Peterson Jr, Grandson
  • Landon D. Kneale, Grandson
  • Addison E. Kneale, Grandchild


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 21, 2018

Janet Davis Peterson

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Marie Bell

November 8, 2018

I was very fortunate to be able to help care for Janet during her last year.
Was even able to share s celebratory dinner with her very welcoming family. Janet was an inspiration to me & I do believe she enjoyed it when I appeared in my Elf outfit when collecting stuffed animals for Boston Children’s Hospital & Barbara Bush in Portland. She was bright witty, matter of fact, told it like it was, and as independent as she could be even dealing with illness. When we went to vote I asked her “How fast do you want to go”?
She laughed “Let’s Move it”!
I so enjoyed our games of Gin Rummy & helping her decorate which ended up to be her last Christmas.
Janet Peterson it was an honor to help you, & your family. May you RIP my friend. Wish I was informed of your passing... With Love, Marie Ann Bell

Claudia Walto

July 15, 2018

Sincere sympathy to Janet's family from the Deering High School Class of 1955. We all share good memories of Janet from our high school and alumni years.

MaryElizabeth Blinn

July 11, 2018

Janet came into my life about five years ago. We connected immediately. Maybe it was our snow white hair. Maybe it was our sense of humor. Maybe it was our love of people. Janet lived in the same senior complex where I reside, but we met at the Falmouth WW's Meeting. Actually, I am known as the WW LeaderLady. Janet was a popular member at our meetings and she inspired other struggling members with her stories and support. Janet will always have a special spot in my heart. May this wonderful caring lady RIP. Amen