Janice M. Bondeson, 71: Lifelong love of classical music

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YARMOUTH — Janice Marie Bondeson died April 15 after a lengthy battle with breast cancer.

She was born on March 11, 1938, in Freeport, Ill., daughter of Clifford E. and Dorothy L. (Kencke) Gartman.

As a child, she discovered classical music and it became a lifelong source of comfort and pleasure.

In 1955, she graduated from Freeport High School. The day after she graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois in 1960, she moved to Maine.

She married Gary H. Bondeson in July, 1961.

She taught in Portland and Brewer, before taking time off to raise her children. She participated in her children’s activities, performing volunteer work in figure skating and school programs while living in Yarmouth.

In 1987, she earned a master’s degree in public policy and management at the University of Southern Maine and  worked in job training in Portland and health care in Augusta until retiring in 2002.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1981, but lived a full and happy life despite further diagnoses in 1988, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2006. By finding good medical care and researching her disease she was able to survive until her most recent diagnosis in 2009.

She enjoyed doing research, crafts, weaving and took cello lessons during her retirement.

She was predeceased by her parents, sisters, Shirley J.  Turner of Tucson, Ariz., and Mary Lou Hambley of Freeport, Ill., and her father and mother-in-law, John M. and Alta (McKay) Bondeson.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Gary, of Yarmouth; daughters, Lynn Elin Gibb of Lowell, Mass., and Johanna J. “Jodi” Bondeson of Augusta; sister, Virginia L. Sorenson of Tucson, Ariz.; brother-in-law, Paul Hambley of Freeport Ill., and brother-in-law Kenneth J. Bondeson and his wife Jane of Burlington, Mass.; many nieces and nephews; and grandnieces and grandnephews.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 23 at the Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the scholarship fund at the Bowdoin International Summer Music Festival.

Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.

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