Janet Leah Foley
September 3, 1941 – November 21, 2018
Janet L. Foley
1941 - 2018
PORTLAND - Janet L. Foley died peacefully Wednesday November 21, 2018 comforted by the presence of her family. She was born in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont September 3, 1941, the daughter of the late Trygve C. and Evelyn M. Christiansen. Her family moved to Portland where she attended schools beginning at Nathan Clifford Grammar School and continuing on to Deering High School, as a member of the Class of 1959. She retained close friendships with classmates throughout her life. Janet was a strong, loving woman dedicated to raising four children in an era when homemaking was giving way to women having careers outside the home. She enjoyed many summer days on Casino Beach with her young children and family visits to then Jordan’s Beach as they grew older. With the children sufficiently grown, she became a successful business owner, opening Far Far’s Danish Ice Cream shop in Cape Elizabeth. She employed her son Sean and many local high school students who, in their first job, were given much responsibility and rose to positions of supervision and trust. She made the time to attend her children’s sporting events, chilly Spring Little League games at Family Field, swim meets with high pitched voices of young boys and girls bouncing off tiled walls at the pool, concerts, talent shows and plays in school auditoriums. Janet balanced business management with the role of supportive wife, loving mother and compassionate caretaker for members of her family in ill health, all the while maintaining her sharp wit, and unique sense of humor.
Janet had a keen sense of style and color coordination, decorating our homes with functional antique furniture, original paintings and authentic folk art. She was well known by antique dealers and a regular shopper at regional shows, searching for items she described as having “the look.” In recent years, she created hooked rugs as a member of “Tin Peddlers’ and “Hillside Hookers.”
Janet had the gift to initiate conversations, ask questions, banter and engage others immediately. Above all she loved her family and was loved in return.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years Thomas A. Foley of Cumberland, ME; children Michael T. Foley of Denver, CO, Catherine E. Martin of Greenwich, NY, Sean J. Foley (Catherine B. Foley) of Lyman, ME, and Matthew M. Foley of Cumberland, ME; her brother Trygve C. Christiansen of Ipswich, MA; her sister Andrea Christiansen of South Portland, ME; seven Grandchildren and three Great Grandchildren.
We thank Doctor Steven Dobieski for his years of kind and insightful care as Janet’s primary care physician, doctor Joseph Wight, her cardiologist who protected her ailing heart, and the doctors, nurses and staff of station 2B at Mercy Hospital for the compassionate care she received in the final days of her life.
A celebration of Janet’s life will be held at Lindquist Funeral Home on Wednesday November 28, at 10:00 AM. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane in Yarmouth, ME, 04096. 846-4011.
Friends and family are invited to share their memories and offer their condolences by visiting Janet’s online guestbook at www.lindquistfuneralhome.com
- Trygve C. Christiansen, Father
- Evelyn M. Christiansen, Mother
- Thomas A. Foley, Husband
- Michael T. Foley, Son
- Catherine E. Martin, Daughter
- Sean J. Foley, Son
- Catherine B. Foley, Daughter-in-law
- Matthew M. Martin, Son
- Trygve C. Christiansen, Brother
- Andrea Christiansen, Sister
- seven Grandchildren and three Great Grandchildren.
- Celebration of Life Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Janet Leah Foley
Marge Sudbay (Caldwell)
December 1, 2018
Dear Tom & children, I send my thoughts and prayers to you all with Janet's passing.
She sounded like the happy, funny & quick thinking girl I came to know 64 years ago. She was so much fun, I'm sad at all I've missed in the years we lost contact. But, that means you had the best and the most of her!
And it also means you have the biggest hurt at the loss.
I am so sorry for your loss. Janet was a large presence in this world. Her illness must have been difficult for her to bear in her outgoing self.
Please remember her with gratitude for being such a great wife and mum. Recall the happy 'n crazy times you had and tell the stories for the little ones.
November 28, 2018
Oh the fun we had at Ti n Pedlars Rug Hooking. We were known as the Janet's. So sorry never to see the other Janet again. Rest in peace
November 26, 2018
We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. We know Aunt Janet loved her family and friends. She will be missed by all. We will be thinking of all of you as you celebrate her life on Wednesday.
Jimmy, Lorri, Sarah and Kelly
November 26, 2018
Oh, Janet.....I'll never forget you, ever! Every time we talked on the phone you brightened my day. We knew each other for only a short 16 months but you were my soulmate. We made each other laugh no matter what was going on in our lives. You were always positive - no complaining for you. I loved you dearly. Be peaceful, my friend, Betty.
November 26, 2018
Meeting one another at our fiftieth high school reunion, Janet and I rewnewed a grade school friendship. I remember us trying to start an orchestra together in fifth grade, because she had a violin and I had a piano.
Becoming reacquainted became a pleasure and I have been struck by her frankness and the directness of her questions. How she and Tom soldiered on in the face of their challenges is an inspiration and a lesson for us all.
And now I see that Janet’s middle name is the same as my given name. Why didn’t we know that? It would have been one more strand that connected us.
Sweet peace to you, Janet.
With love, Elaine
November 25, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Janet’s passing. I knew her when she lived in Cape Elizabeth. She was a spark and I always enjoyed our conversations. I always left with a smile because her comments had brightened my day.
My thoughts and prayers to her family.