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Harriet Jean Rosane, 91, Middlebury

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MIDDLEBURY — Harriet Jean Seaton Rosane was born on Nov. 21, 1926, in Putnam, Conn., and passed away on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Middlebury, Vt. She was 91.

Jean grew up in Moosup, Conn., where her father worked for his father-in-law’s firm, The Cranska Thread Company. Jean adored her childhood, and reflected often with great fondness on her early years in Moosup and on summer forays to family properties in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada, and Isle La Motte, Vt. She was educated at Moosup Grammar School, Plainfield High School, Lincoln School in Providence, R.I., and Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., where she majored in History and minored in Russian.

She married her husband, Robert E. Rosane, on Sept. 17, 1949, and spent the first year of married life in Wellington, New Zealand, where she worked in the National Archive while Bob pursued a Masters in Economics.

Jean never stopped traveling the world, following Bob’s career in the aluminum industry and storing up many happy memories, from Arvida (Jonquieres), Quebec, to Kitimat, British Columbia, to Mackenzie, Guyana, to Montreal, Quebec, and finally to Aix-en-Provence, France. They traveled widely in Europe and retired to Pollença, Mallorca, and Richford, Vt., where they had two beautiful, beloved homes. In 2008 they moved to The Residence at Otter Creek in Middlebury, where they spent the final chapters of their lives.

Jean’s great loves were her family, “Mother Nature”, opera, the Boston Red Sox, and the novels of Jane Austen, especially “Pride and Prejudice,” which she reread twice every year. She had a particular fondness for wildflowers and trees and often recited a line she attributed to Bernard Berenson: “If I had loved my fellow man half as much as I have loved trees, I would have been called a saint.” She was an incurable romantic, could make herself understood in four languages, and had a gift for turning the many houses and apartments she inhabited throughout her life into cozy homes.

Jean outlived her husband of 61 years, Bob, her three siblings, Evelyn Treiber, Isabel Baum, and Thomas Jackson Seaton, and a dear friend, Bill Bertolet, as well as her brother and sister-in-law Dick and Marge Rosane. She will be greatly missed by her three sons and their partners, Andrew (Elizabeth Brinkley), Douglas (Catherine Rousset) and David (Anne Lisbet Tollanes), and her four grandchildren, Olivia, Louise, Paul, and Manny, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The date and time of a celebration of life service for Jean has yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jean’s name can be made to the Nature Conservancy of Vermont or the Middlebury Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 2 Main St., Middlebury, VT 05753.◊

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