Janine M. Sharples, 80

Janine Sharples

SANTA ROSA, CALIF. — Janine Monique Sharples, 80, of Bridgton, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif., surrounded by her immediate family.

Janine was born in Fall River, Mass. to Yvonne Blanchette Moreau and Ernest Moreau on June 15, 1936. She married Kenneth Roy Sharples on Sept. 13, 1958, in Fall River.

She attended Jesus Mary Academy in Fall River. She graduated from St. Anne’s Hospital School of Nursing, and worked as an RN until she became a mother. For most of her life, she was a dedicated homemaker and volunteer, in addition to working at her husband’s company, Meterex Corporation. Her volunteer work mirrored her passions for her faith, family and the outdoors. Janine was a communicant and volunteer of the St. Clare Parish in Braintree, Mass., her hometown for a large part of her life. She was also a communicant of St. Joseph Parish in Bridgton, for over 45 years, as well as an active member of St. Joseph Women’s Guild. An avid gardener, she was an active member of garden clubs in Braintree and Chatham Mass., in addition to volunteering at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. Her love of nature and the outdoors found her hiking the White Mtns. in N.H. with her family and friends, skiing in and around New England, photographing wildlife on Moose Pond and abroad, picking blueberries on the top of Pleasant Mtn., and seeking the peace of the Maine woods.

Janine was preceded in death by her brothers Andy and Marc Moreau, and her parents Yvonne and Ernest.

Janine is survived by her husband Kenneth Sharples; her eldest son Kenneth Sharples and fiancée Kelly Brophy; her middle son Brian Sharples; her youngest son Clifford Sharples, his wife Lisa Sharples; and her ten grandchildren: Chloe, Wescott, Tyler, Yvonne, Emma, Leyla, Otto, Hawken, Tucker, and Jones. She is also survived by her daughters-in-law Sydney Sharples, Lucie Pastoriza and Tracey Sharples.

The family of Janine wishes to extend our sincere thanks for the truly outstanding care provided by the entire medical and nursing staff at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. In addition, we extend our thanks and appreciation to the paramedics of The Sea Ranch Fire Dept. in Calif., and the helicopter pilot and EMTs at Reach Air Medical Services, for their swift action and care.

As her husband Kenneth says of his late wife, if you knew her, you loved her. Her bright light, unconditional love, radiation of kindness, and ability to connect with anyone she met marked a truly exceptional life. The hole in all our hearts will never be filled, however her example, love, and spirit will sustain and bless those she has left behind, and the generations of her family to come.

Visiting hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20 at the Chandler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 8 Elm Street, Bridgton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday at St. Joseph Church in Bridgton.

If desired, donations in her memory may be made to the Loon Echo Land Trust, 8 Depot Street, Bridgton, ME 04009, or visit their website at www.loonecholandtrust.org

Condolences may be expressed at www.chandlerfunerals.com

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