Janis Susan Marsette, 70, passionate about bluegrass and gospel music

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Janis Susan Marsette
Janis Susan Marsette

Janis Susan Marsette, 70, died Saturday, May 14, 2016, after a brief battle with cancer. Marsette was born in New York City, moving to Vermont in 1947, and graduated from Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon, Vt., Class of 1963.

She furthered her education at Mary Fletcher Allen Nursing School in Burlington, Vt., with an understudy in Philadelphia, ultimately graduating as an R.N. She eventually graduated from Castleton State College with a bachelor’s degree. She worked for more than 30 years as manager of Rutland Surgical Associates.

In 2011, Jan and her husband, Bob, moved from Brandon, Vt., to Scotts Hill to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. Jan loved to sit on the floor and play Legos with her grandson, and shared her love of music with her granddaughter. Her passion was bluegrass and gospel music, and she loved to knit and do crossword puzzles. She was a longtime member of Brandon Congregational Church and Brandon Baptist Church, and later Wesleyan Chapel UMC in Scotts Hill. She was a 39-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Marble Chapter No. 80 in Brandon. She served the OES Grand Chapter of Vermont as a grand representative to Kentucky and Puerto Rico, district deputy grand instructor and as grand Adah.

She sang often for Vermont’s Grand Chapter sessions as a soloist and performed with her band at OES functions. She was also active in the Neshobe Sportsman’s Club and Rutland Car Club with her husband, as well as Green Mountain Appaloosa Horse Club with her daughter, Reunion Gospel Band for 14 years, Port City Mopar and local bands and singing groups.

Jan’s strong faith was evident to all around her, particularly after her cancer diagnosis in early April.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Robert S. Marsette of Scotts Hill; daughter, Tara Eckhardt of Hampstead; two grandchildren, Shania, 17, and Chase, 9; sister, Barbara Corbiey of Hampstead; and brother, Donald Kapitan of Sudbury, Vt.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Wesleyan Chapel United Methodist Church in Scotts Hill.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to NHRMC Foundation, Radiology Fund, 2259 South 17th St., Wilmington, NC 28401 in memory of Janis Marsette.

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