WATERVILLE, NY: Jean M. Harmon, 85, passed away peacefully, holding the hand of her eldest grandson, at Harding Nursing Home, on Monday, November 30, 2015.
Born on May 6, 1930 in Rome, NY, to Frank and Marion Quillman Johnson, Jean, a member of Hamilton Central High School’s class of 1948, was perfectly suited for creating a warm and comfortable home for a family of her own, which she did in East Hamilton. She married Robert N. Harmon on October 5, 1946 in Sherburne, NY. Over the next fifty years, she developed many talents, among them: growing and selling red raspberries, canning, freezing, and pickling home-grown produce, baking delicious cookies, doughnuts and pies, and hostessing festive meals for her extended family. She also enjoyed reading, cross-stitching, sewing and quilting. After her husband’s death in 1998, Jean moved to Waterville, a village that held, for her, precious memories of times spent with her maternal grandparents, Michael and Sarah Quillman, and her aunts, uncles and cousins. During her years in East Hamilton, she was a devoted communicant at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Hamilton and belonged to St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society. In Waterville, she was a communicant at St. Bernard’s. Jean had a simple, straight-forward faith, which was evident in the way she lived her life. When her mother developed dementia, she took on the job of caring for her, until her death. Later, she worked for the Office of the Aging, helping elderly men and women in the village of Hamilton to remain content and happy in their homes. She served as a Board of Election Inspector for many years in Hubbardsville, canvassed for the American Cancer Society, and helped with the taking of the U.S. Census. During her time in Waterville, she volunteered at Harding Nursing Home for eight years, putting in over 400 hours of service there. Even though her later years were plagued by dementia, her sweet, caring nature and her desire to make others happy were still visible to those around her.
She leaves four daughters who have truly loved her: Diane Harmon Needham of Hamilton, Donna M. Harmon of Eugene OR; Linda J. Sciarretta of Waterville, and Luann Getman of Clarks Summit, PA, and one son-in-law, Raymond Getman. Also surviving are her brother, Franklin and his wife, Edna of Sherburne; her sister, Kathryn Barrett of Hamilton; her beloved grandchildren: Matthew, John, Sam, Ted, Audrey, Jean, Emma, Jordan and Bobby; three great-grandchildren: Anastasia, Eli and Joseph; one sister-in-law, Phyllis Baldwin of Sun City West, AZ; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by an infant daughter, Marion.
All of her family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Harding Nursing Home for their loving commitment to making Jean’s last couple of years so safe, secure and comfortable. They treated her and all of her family as part of their family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am Friday, December 4, from St. Bernard’s Church, 199 Stafford Ave., Waterville, followed by interment in the West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne.
Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home (Kloster & Northrop Memorial Chapel), 210 E. Main St., Waterville on Thursday from 4-7pm.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.