Obituary: Jeannette Lebel Sproul –

Jeannette Lebel Sproul

FARMINGTON – Jeannette Lebel Sproul, 89, of Farmington, died on June 17, 2022 at The Pierce House, an assisted living facility for the elderly. She was born on July 10, 1932 in Augusta, the second of three children of Joel P. and Rose (Croteau) Lebel. The family then moved to Brunswick. She graduated from Brunswick High School in 1950 and Gorham State Teachers College (now part of the University of Southern Maine) in 1954. She was a first-grade teacher for more than 40 years, first briefly at Lewiston and Augusta, then for the majority of his career at Farmington. Jeannette married fellow elementary school teacher Paul F. “Bucky” Sproul, of Augusta, in 1957. They resided for the 57 years of their marriage in Farmington, raising their two children there. Paul died in 2014. Jeannette was a past president of the Maine Reading Association; 40-year member of Delta Kappa Gamma International, a professional association of women educators; a member of MEA-Retired, an affiliate of the Maine Education Association; and a Farmington Food Pantry volunteer. After retiring from teaching, she worked in the cafeteria at the University of Maine at Farmington. children. Her enthusiasm for skiing was all the more remarkable considering that she and her longtime skiing partner, Dot Wing, didn’t start skiing until she was 36 years old. The first year, each of them fell from a poma ski lift. Jeannette landed in snow so deep she had difficulty getting out. She walked down the hill. Gradually, however, the skills of both women improved. They quickly started loving skiing and they continued to do so until the late 70s. “When you ski, everything else is gone,” Jeannette told the Franklin Journal in a 2007 interview. You don’t have to think about anything. Everything else stays at home. Jeannette and Paul cherished the time spent with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They also traveled extensively in retirement, taking trips to Alaska, Aruba, Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, New Zealand, Panama and China, as well as a European river cruise. Jeannette’s brother, Normal Lebel, and her sister, Constance Lebel Michaud, died earlier. His survivors include his daughter Lee Jane Libby of Westbrook, his son Joel Sproul and his wife Dr. Elena Theodosiou, and their son Jacob Sproul of Delmar, NY; grandson Ryan Schwartz, wife Shannon Schwartz and their children, Sophia and Mason of Biddeford; grandson Jamison Schwartz, wife Kathryn Schwartz and their children, Henry and Aida of Gorham; and two sisters-in-law, Constance Ouellette Lebel of Swampscott, Mass., and Pauline Marceau of Winslow. Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial visit Friday from 4-6 p.m. at the Wiles Remembrance Center, 137 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington. A Christian burial memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Middle Street, Farmington, where Jeannette was a longtime parishioner and member of the altar guild. After mass, refreshments will be served in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in her memory to: The Pierce House204 Main St. Farmington, ME 04938 where Jeannette spent her last years

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