Jane M. Koppelmann Jungbluth passed away on April 26 at age 86, in her home surrounded by her family and beloved dog. Jane was born on April 4, 1935, in Flushing, Queens, N.Y., the only child of Henry and Martha Koppelmann. She grew up in Flushing and then went on to become a registered nurse through Lenox Hill Hospital Nursing School. She worked at Lenox Hill Hospital for several years, becoming head nurse of pediatrics. She married Fred W. Jungbluth on Oct. 4, 1958, and they settled in Commack, LI, where all three of their children were born. In 1970, they moved to Harvard, Mass., where they lived until their retirement in 1991 when they moved to Penobscot.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Fred W. Jungbluth; her daughter Cindy Anderau and her husband, Peter, and their children, Tom and Steve, from Sandy Hook, Conn.; her daughter Gayle Cambridge and her husband, Chris, and their children Tucker and Emily from Ellsworth; and her son Fred H. Jungbluth and his wife, Alexandra, and their children Jane and Sam from West Bath.
After being a stay-at-home mom for many years, Jane returned to nursing as a visiting nurse. She worked for Nashoba Nursing Service in Ayer, Mass., for nearly 20 years supervising the home health aides. Once retired and living in Maine, Jane babysat her two grandchildren who lived nearby, Tucker and Emily, from the time they were babies until they entered school. Jane was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Ellsworth, leading, for many years, a group of volunteers who worked to raise money for the church. She also volunteered at the library bringing books to members of her community. Jane enjoyed spending time in the summer sailing with her husband and children, first on Long Island, then in Rhode Island and then finally in Maine in Bucks Harbor.
Jane will be remembered for her kindness and positive outlook and her joy in the simple things of life. For example, you might hear her signature exclamation of “hot dog!” at the idea of simply being invited for a walk with you. Fred often called her “Sunshine.” She always enjoyed getting together with family. All her grandchildren loved going to Grandma’s house. Her loving, joyful spirit made being with her fun and they loved the various activities she had planned for them. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, quilting and many other crafts. Her grandchildren have many outfits, sweaters and stuffed animals that she created that they will always cherish.
One of her greatest accomplishments in life was the home care program she started for Nashoba Nursing Service. This gift of in-home care that she gave all those years was returned to her, as she was cared for in her home by amazing caregivers. We want to thank all the caregivers and nurses from Northern Light Home Care and Hospice and a special thanks to Amy Bennoch, who cared for Mom the most. She is an angel on Earth.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Congregational Church of Ellsworth, 2 Church St., Ellsworth, ME 04605.
Arrangements by Acadia Burial & Cremation Direct, 248 State St. Ellsworth
Condolences may be expressed at www.acadiacremation.com
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