Jacqueline Mae Fossett

August 31, 1927November 12, 2018
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Jacqueline Mae (Pert) Fossett 1927-2018 BRUNSWICK – Jacqueline Mae Fossett, formerly of Cumberland Center, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2018. She was born August 31, 1927 in Bath, Maine to Perleston L. and Katherine M. Pert, the first of 5 siblings. Jackie went to Bath schools and graduated with high honors from Morse High School in 1945. During WWII, when Bath was in a frenzy building ships for the US armed forces. She worked part-time in the office of the Hyde Windlass Co. of the Bath Iron Works. She also worked at several other Bath establishments including a bank and a jewelry store in the years right after the war. In 1950 she married John W. Fossett of Pemaquid and moved to Portland where he worked for the Portland Press Herald. In 1956 they moved their growing family (John, 1951 and Betsy, 1953) to the quiet rural town of Cumberland where she remained until moving to the Dionne Commons assisted living facility in Brunswick in 2017. Through the later 50s and early 60s she was primarily a great home maker and mom, also active in the Cumberland Congregational Church and the We Neighbors Club. A third child, Daniel, was born in 1959. In the mid-60s she returned to part time work, first as a bookkeeper for the Falmouth Pharmacy and then moved on to the banking world with the Federal Loan and Building Assn. and its several mergers into successor banks. Jackie was an avid reader all of her life until her eyesight started failing, especially enjoying historical fiction and later, Civil War non-fiction. She also very much enjoyed the active exploits of her 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by the early death of her husband, John, at aged 61 in 1986 and later moved to the Cumberland Senior living complex off Tuttle Rd for several years where she enjoyed many old and new friends both from Cumberland and away. As she never had a driver’s license, she was always ready at a moment’s notice when an opportunity came up to go somewhere! She was also predeceased by her parents and all four siblings; Catherine (Kay) Biette of Brunswick, Eunice Dow of Wiscasset, Perleston (Bub) Pert of Topsham and Edwin H. Pert of Georgetown. She is survived by her son, John and wife, Bonnie of Hollis, her daughter Betsy and husband, Chris Birge of Liberty, and son, Dan and wife Beryl of Cumberland. Additionally, her grandchildren; Karen Dyer and husband Dale of Westbrook, Aimee Keithan, of York, England, Brent Converse and partner, Jana Fetterhoff , of Unity, Rebekah Bosco and husband Jason also of Unity, Dianne and Danielle Fossett both of Cumberland, Jack Fossett and wife, Shannon, of Saco and Karla Fossett of Portland and 7 great-grandchildren. Friends and relatives are invited to a closed-casket visitation, 11AM-2PM, Saturday, Nov.17, at Lindquist Funeral Home in Yarmouth. The family wishes to express its heart-felt thanks to the entire staff at Dionne Commons for their loving care of Mum during her final months and the same to the CHANS Hospice team during her final weeks.

You all treated her lovingly and with dignity and we thank you. Please visit to sign Jackie’s online guest book.


  • Perleston L. Pert, Father
  • Katherine M. Pert, Mother
  • John Fossett, Husband
  • Catherine Kay Biette, Sister
  • Eunice Dow, Sister
  • Perleston (Bud) Pert, Brother
  • Edwin H. Pert, Brother
  • John Fossett, Son
  • Bonnie Fossett, Daughter-in-law
  • Betsy Birge, Daughter
  • Chris Birge, Son-in-law
  • Daniel Fossett, Son
  • Beryl Fossett, Daughter-in-law
  • Karen Dyer, Granddaughter
  • Dale Dyer, Karen's husband
  • Aimee Keithan, Granddaughter
  • Brent Converse, Grandson
  • Jana Fetterhoff, Brent's partner
  • Rebekah Bosco, Granddaughter
  • Jason Bosco, Rebekah's husband
  • Danielle Fossett, Granddaughter
  • Dianne Fossett, Granddaughter
  • Jack Fossett, Grandson
  • Shannon Fossett, Jack's Wife
  • Karla Fossett, Granddaughter


  • Visitation Saturday, November 17, 2018

Jacqueline Mae Fossett

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Barbara Bard

November 17, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Jackie Fossett's passing. Like my sister Jean, I have many fond memories of time we spent in Cumberland at John and Jackie's house and playing with John and Betsy. My husband and I also attended several of their Christmas parties. Mom gave me a wooden box with a pineapple on the side which I treasure to this day. It was made by Betsy Birge in 1992. Again I want to extend my sympathies to John, Betsy and Danny and to all of Jackie's grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Jean Libby

November 17, 2018

Dad and Mom (Ken and Helen Skelton) and Johnny and Jackie were great friends for many years. We made many visits to Cumberland to visit and to pick up apples in the fall. When I wondered out loud why we 5 kids had never been taken to the Cumberland fair, I learned that my parents had attended it annually with the Fossetts in celebration of their anniversary. John was Dad's best man.

Deepest sympathy for your loss. The video is a wonderful representation of a life well lived with so many blessings in children, grand children and great grandchildren.

Jean Skelton Libby

Jim Dow

November 16, 2018

I will truly miss aunt Jackie
Its so hard to believe they are all gone but I am sure they are having a ball up there
My love to you all

Rikki Rider

November 16, 2018

Love the video and the pictures. It is always so nice to see into the lives of the residents. Jackie will be missed and to all the family i am so sorry for your loss!

Gayle Webber

November 13, 2018

Oh... I have many memories of Jackie. Frequently, on a Friday evening, John would drive she, Betsy, and I to the brand new Maine Mall. Jackie and Dot both worked at Falmouth Pharmacy and became fast friends. Because I was a frequent flyer, after school visitor to the Fossett’s I often found Jackie buried in a good novel. I know she will be missed and always held close at heart. In sympathy, Gayle