Jennie B. Profenno, 99: Farmed in Freeport for decades

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FREEPORT — Jennie B. Profenno, 99, died peacefully Oct. 8 after a brief stay at Hawthorne House in Freeport.

She was born in Yarmouth on Aug. 21, 1915, the daughter of Frank and Harriet Gallant and the seventh of their 10 children. She attended school up to the 10th grade, when she met and married Patrick Profenno. At just age 16, she and her husband moved to a small farm in Freeport, where they raised chickens. She resided there until she was 98.

Profenno belonged to the First Baptist Church of Freeport for many years, and was a member of the Harraseeket Grange in Freeport for 58 years. Affectionately known as “Ma” or “Nana,” she loved gardening, cooking and baking, especially when others could enjoy her meals. For over 60 years, she cooked a spaghetti supper every Monday night for guests that sometimes numbered more than 20.

Profenno is survived by her three sons and their spouses: Patrick and Mary, of West Gardiner, Richard and Carolyn, of Lisbon Falls, and Robert and Roxanne, of Freeport. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Barbara Hustus, of Pownal; and nieces, nephews and many friends.

Visiting hours were held Oct. 13, with a funeral at First Baptist Church in Freeport on Oct. 14. Burial was at Burr Cemetery, also in Freeport.

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