Jeanne C. Vatne

Springfield, Vt. — Jeanne Claire (Gamlin) Vatne, 83, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, June 12, 2014. She was born in Florence, Mass., on Sept. 25, 1930, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Shirtcliff) Gamlin. Jeanne grew up in Greenfield, Mass., and graduated from St. Michael’s High School in Northampton, Mass. in 1948. She then went on to study art and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Mass. in 1952. Boston is where she met her future husband, Magnor Vatne, of Vatne, Norway, who graduated from Tufts Dental School in Boston in 1949. They married on Sept. 6, 1952 in Green field, Mass., and they lived together for 49 years in Chester, Vt. then Springfield until her husband’s death in February 2002.

Jeanne always liked to use her artistic talents and enjoyed working with stained glass. She enjoyed making homemade bread and jam made from wild strawberries picked by her children and grandchildren. For a time, she was an assistant teacher at Riverside Junior H.S. in Springfield and taught catechism at St. Mary’s Church in Springfield. She also enjoyed gardening, baking, knitting and sewing clothes for her children. She also had a long time love for the Opera. Her greatest joy was her family, her children and grandchildren. Jeanne was known for her deep faith, kindness, patience, ever-positive attitude and selflessness. She was also extremely fond of cats and they brought her great joy throughout her life. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Parish for 50 years as well as a member of the choir, Catholic Daughters of America, and Altar Society.

Jeanne is survived by her children, Peter of Nashua, N.H., Karen of Colorado, Diane and her husband, Martin Yates, of Old Town, Maine, Thomas and his wife, Lisa Mineo, of Acton, Mass., and Kristine of Springfield; four grandchildren, Christopher and Michael Hack of Colorado and Alexander and Emily Yates of Maine; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her only sibling, James Gamlin, in 2010.

Calling hours will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 20 at the Davis Memorial Chapel, 99 Summer Street, Springfield. A funeral mass will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 21 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156.