Jane Marie (Sandstrom) Hancock, wife of the late D. Edward (Hank) Hancock Jr. died on Jan. 22 at LincolnHealth – Miles Campus in Damariscotta.
She was born to Charles and Camilla Sandstrom in Danbury, Conn. on July 24, 1928. Jane was a bookkeeper for local stores and food services. She also worked as parish secretary for St. James Church in Danbury and then worked as coordinator of food services for the Danbury Board of Education. She was proud to be part of an organization that served thousands of students their breakfast and lunch every day. She was a member of St. James Church, taught Sunday school, and was an active member of both St. Martha’s Chapter and Couples Club.
In 1948 she married the love of her life, David Edward (Hank) Hancock and they both enjoyed traveling to Maine every summer. Jane and Hank fell in love with mid coast Maine and eventually spent summers in Pemaquid. Besides summers in Maine, the family has wonderful memories of trips taken together to Disney World and California, Canada and Alabama.
Jane was an excellent cook, and an accomplished seamstress, making many of her daughter’s dance costumes and clothes. She loved the beach, boating, going out to lunch, playing cards and spending time with her family, friends and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Jane was predeceased by her husband of 64 years; sisters, Elsa Ouzts and husband Ben, and Elsie Huss; brother, Carl; and niece, Marilyn Garofalo.
Jane is survived by daughter, Nancy Jane Ochs and husband Robert of Pemaquid; granddaughter, Vanessa Jane Mertzel and husband Jeff of Winthrop; grandson, RJ Ochs of Pemaquid; and great-grandchildren, Drew and Addilyn Jane Mertzel; niece, Sandra Sanchez and husband Peter of Foley, Ala.; and several great-nephews and nieces.
A memorial service will be held later in the year to celebrate her life. She will be laid to rest in Wooster Cemetery, Danbury, Conn.
Donations in her memory may be made to St. James Church, Book of Loving Remembrance, 25 West St. Danbury, CT 06810; or the American Diabetes Association.
Condolences, and messages for the family, may be expressed by visiting www.StrongHancock.com.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta.