WINDHAM — Mrs. Janet McLean, age 82, of Windham, NH and formerly of Meredith, NH and Lynn, MA died surrounded by her family, after a period of declining health. She was the wife if the late John S. "Jack" McLean.
Born in Lynn and a 1948 graduate of Lynn English High School, she was the daughter of the late John and Matilda (Byrne) McFarlane. She attended Lynn Public Schools and was a graduate of Lynn English High School.
She graduated from Salem State Teacher's College in 1952. For several years she taught First Grade at the Tracy School, then left teaching to raise a family. She returned to teaching at Inter Lakes High School for several years, worked for the United States Department of Defense and finally returned to teaching in the Lynn School System until she retired.
Janet was a longtime member of St. Stephen's Memorial Episcopal Church, Lynn. She was also a member of the Daughters of Scotia, the Lynn Teacher's Union, Local 1037, and The Friends of the School of Education at Salem State University.
Janet's greatest joy was her family. She was a wonderful mother who gave unconditional love to all of her children and grandchildren. She was fully involved in their lives--always attending birthdays, celebrations, milestones—going on adventures to museums, Broadway shows or Red Sox and Patriots training camps. She was her sister, Cynthia's, co-pilot on their many journeys to Florida. They would often hop in the car to visit a son or daughter or grandchild, attend a ballgame or go for coffee. Janet was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. Janet lived a life that was all about making sure other people were happy—and giving what she had to others. Janet was often teased about how much she worried, but the truth was...she worried so much because she loved so much.
Janet leaves a daughter Cheryl Sullivan and her husband Ross of Lexington, five sons John McLean and his wife Nina of Ashland, NH, Robert McLean and his wife Jennifer of Gilford, NH, Douglas McLean and his wife Teresa of Westford, James McLean of Windham, NH, and Andrew McLean and his wife Debra of Moultonboro, NH, a brother Robert McFarlane and his wife Susan of Lynn, eleven grandchildren Liz McLean, Arianna McLean, Jessie McLean, Chrissy McLean, Caitlin O'Hara, Sean Sullivan, Rafe Sullivan, Reilly McLean, Jack McLean, Molly McLean and Finn Sullivan, and several nieces and nephews. She was also the beloved sister and best friend of the late Cynthia M. McFarlane of Lynn, who died on July 8.
Janet's Funeral will be held from the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home 157 Maple Street, Lynn on Friday at 10 a.m. followed by a funeral Service in St. Stephen's Memorial Episcopal Church, 74 So. Common St., Lynn at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours will be on Thursday, 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be sent to Salem State University Alumni Assn., 352 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970. For online guestbook please visit www.cuffemcginn.com