Ellsworth and Sulliva – Jennie Aponovich Campbell was born June 24, 1919 in Nashua, NH, the daughter of Rose (Pieczukaitis) and Stephen Aponovich. Rose and Stephen moved to the USA from Lithuania when they were in their teens and worked in the textile mills in Nashua. Jennie grew up in the multi-cultural neighborhoods and schools; she loved the parks, tennis courts, skating rinks and library. Although she was an only child, she was close to her cousins Anne, John, Jerry, and Virginia. She skipped a grade in school to catch up with Anne, and so three Aponovich cousins graduated together in 1936. After high school, Jennie went to work for John R. Spring, Esquire as a legal secretary and a free lance court reporter. She later worked for Robert E. Earley, Esquire, and the Nashua Brass Company. Jennie lived at home and loved helping her father plan and build their houses. She read voraciously, and Pearl Buck was one of her favorite authors. She often took the train to NYC to visit her cousin Anne, and spent time with John’s wife Mickey and his children Skip and Peggy.
Jennie married Vernon Wesley Campbell in 1953 and started another chapter in her life, beginning the family she had always wanted. They lived in Pelham, NH for a few years, and then moved to Maine, where Vern had been born and lived his early years. Settling in Sullivan in 1958, Jennie devoted herself to being the best mother ever. She taught Sunday School, delivered May Baskets with her children all over town, sewed clothes and costumes, and gave awesome birthday parties for each child inviting all their classmates. Jennie also spent hours cooking and preserving the produce from Vern’s giant gardens. As her children got older, Jennie went back to work, first at the Sullivan Harbor post office, and later for a number of law firms in Ellsworth: Blaisdell & Blaisdell, Libhart & Ferm, Peter Roy, and Jill Culver. Her final work years were spent at Child Development Services and at Special Children’s Friends, where a favorite part of her job was providing respite care for children on Saturdays. Jennie was a loving and generous person who was unfailingly kind and cared about everyone’s children (and pets), not just her own.
The last ten years of Jennie’s life were spent at Narraguagus Bay Assisted Living, Collier’s Nursing Home, and Seaport Village Healthcare. Jennie’s family has special memories of all the hard-working, caring staff who took such wonderful care of Jennie, and who loved her so well. We can never thank you enough for the hard and important work you do, and the true caring you have shown to Mom and to all of us. Jennie left this earth on December 20, 2017, surrounded by loving family members and caregivers.
Jennie was pre-deceased by her husband Vern in 1974. She was also pre-deceased by her daughter Deborah Decker, step-daughters Norma Winn, Elaine Shuman, and Verna Patti, and many other family members. She is survived by step-daughter Gloria Campbell of Nashua, NH; daughter Jennifer Johnson & her husband Charlie; son Vernon W. Campbell, Jr. and his wife Beverly; and daughter (Jessica) Lynne Witham and her husband David of Sullivan. Jennie also leaves behind many beloved cousins, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family members and friends.
Jennie’s Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 20th at Seaport Village Healthcare at 19 General Moore Way, Ellsworth, ME. Donations in Jennie’s memory may be made to Special Children’s Friends, Hancock County SPCA, Forgotten Felines of Maine, The Ark Animal Shelter, the Deer Isle Adult Education Family Literacy program, or any program of your choice that supports children or animals.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Homes, Ellsworth, where online condolences may be placed: www.bragdonkelley.com.