Jane M. Stormer, 71: Compassionate nurse, loved children

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BRUNSWICK — Jane McNair Stormer, 71, died peacefully at home Dec. 6, of complications related to multiple system atrophy, a rare neurodegenerative disorder.

The daughter of Dr. Andrew H. McNair and Evelyn Lyford McNair, Jane grew up in Norwich, Vermont, and Hanover, New Hampshire. In 1963, she married Dr. John C. Stormer Jr., with whom she lived in many parts of the country, as well as  Brazil, finally settling in Brunswick after they retired.

Stormer had a long and rewarding career as a nurse, including authorship on a paper in the “American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.” However, the title she cherished most was Mom. Stormer always loved children, and much of her nursing career was spent in the fields of obstetrics or pediatrics. A devoted mother to her own two children, she often reached out to others in need of a mother’s love. She also loved being outdoors, sailing and, especially in later years, bird watching.

Even in adversity, Stormer’s wonderful sense of humor served her to the end. She had a dry, but gentle, Yankee wit, and her father’s intelligence, perseverance and compassion for others. Not impressed with wealth or titles, both in her personal and professional relationships Stormer treated all with equal care and kindness.

Stormer is survived by her husband, Jay; a daughter, Karen Brooks; a son, Eric Stormer; three grandchildren, Holly and Connor Brooks, of Atlanta, Georgia, and Dakota Stormer, of Magnolia, Texas; a brother, Peter McNair, of Bozeman, Montana; and a sister, Ann Halvari, of Oroville, California.

A celebration of Stormer’s life will take place at her home in the spring. The family asks that those who were close to her to take a moment to remember her by telling their friends and family how much they are loved, as she would have.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The MSA Coalition, www.multiplesystematrophy.org.