Janet G. Whitney, 95: Avid golfer and hospital volunteer

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BRUNSWICK — Janet Gwillim Whitney, 95, died Nov. 16 at Midcoast Senior Health Center in Brunswick.

Born Nov. 5, 1916 in Passaic, N.J., she was the daughter of Edward Pierpont Gwillim and Mabel Sweet Gwillim. Her family moved to West Newton, Mass., where she graduated from Newton High School.

She later attended the Chamberlain School for Women in Boston and, after graduating, worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance and Loomis-Sayles Investments, commuting by train from her family’s home in Newtonville.

In 1942 she married her next-door neighbor, Donald Forte Whitney. As newlyweds they lived in Flint, Mich., later moving to Wellesley Hills, Mass., where they raised their two daughters Susan and Lee Ann.

The family spent summers on Chebeague Island, moving there permanently after Donald’s retirement.

She was an active member of the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Aid Association, serving as a dependable volunteer for many years, and later as its president. Since she enjoyed interacting with people, she worked at several part-time jobs including assistant librarian at Pine Manor College in Wellesley.

The Gwillims were avid golfers; her father was one of the founding members of the Great Chebeague Golf Club where she spent many happy hours playing the course with her father, brothers and husband. She continued to support the club long after she was no longer able to play golf.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald and brothers Robert P. Gwillim and Russell A. Gwillim.

She is survived by her daughters Susan A. Burgess and her husband Ernest and Lee Ann Robinson and her husband Gordon; grandson Ethan Burgess; three granddaughters Erin Burgess, Ashley Adams and her husband Kai, and Amy Sidor; two great granddaughters Whitney Adams and Morgan Adams; nieces Joanne Gwillim and her partner Carolyn Newkirk and Cynthia Gwillim; and her cousin Elizabeth Hall Henderson of Wells.

The family would like to thank every one at Midcoast Senior Health Center for the kindness and care that Whitney received while under the care of Bodwell Hospice.

There will be a private interment on Chebeague Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Island Commons Resource Center, 132 Littlefield Road, Chebeague Island, ME 04017.

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