Janet Turcotte, 92: Great cook, avid sports fan, generous nature
BATH — Janet L. Turcotte, 92, of Bath, died Feb. 22 at her home.
She was born to John and Mary Edmunds in Loudon, N.H., on the family farm. She attended a one-room schoolhouse where she met a young boy, Joseph A. Turcotte, destined to become her husband. She graduated from Concord High School in Concord, N.H., in 1938 at the age of 16, having skipped several grades.
She attended nursing school and went on to work at Bath Memorial Hospital for 32 years, spreading compassion, laughter and kindness to patients and coworkers.
The wedding to her childhood sweetheart Joseph Turcotte took place Sept. 7, 1940. They started their married life in Bath where she remained for the next 74 years. While raising her family and working as a nurse, she earned her Maine Real Estate Broker’s license. During the late 1970s, she and her husband acquired Joe’s Market on Washington Street and ran it for many years. There she was known as “Ma” for her home-cooked goodies and friendly banter. After retirement, the Turcottes spent many winters in Florida.
In addition to her reputation as a great cook, she was an avid sports fan with season tickets to Morse High School basketball. She traveled throughout Maine and beyond to support her son at his horse shows, as well as her nephew at his wrestling matches. During the summer months, Turcotte enjoyed many family gatherings at their South Harpswell cottage for more than 50 years. In the fall, she enjoyed deer hunting with family members and friends including her special friend, Bea.
Her generous nature was experienced by friends and strangers alike. Many pets touched her heart throughout her life. She was an accomplished seamstress and knitter. She loved crossword puzzles, watching “Jeopardy” and attending auctions.
She was predeceased by her parents; her sister' Hazel; brothers Howard and Robert, her husband, Joseph, in 2000; daughter Joyce L. Acord in 1994, and nephew Harold Logan in 2014.
She is survived by her daughters, Elaine J. Hall of Lansing, N.Y., Michelle S. Dubay and her husband, Mark, of Milford, N.H.; her son, John E. Turcotte of Bath; her niece, Jane Gravel and her husband, Ernest, of South Attleboro, Mass.; grandchildren Michael Acord of Pittstown, Russell Acord of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Timothy Acord, of Richmond, Steven Acord of Omaha, Neb., Christopher Acord of Richmond, Barbara Doucette of Old Orchard Beach, Rebecca Acord of Richmond, Allen Hall of St. Augustine, Fla., Deborah Ryan of Lansing, N.Y., Lisa Barrile of Chapel Hill, N.C., Carrie Lee of New York, N.Y., Stacy Dickson of Orlando, Fla., Jessica MacLeod of Milford, N.H., Joseph Dubay of Dover, N.H., Danielle Ingalls of Brattleboro, Vt., Dakota Stewart of Canton, N.Y., Quinten Klonowski of Georgetown; 24 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Her family would like to thank the CHANS nurses and aides who gave Turcotte such good care, which kept her last days full of the laughter she so enjoyed.