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Janet L. (Meserve) Rattray


Janet L. (Meserve) Rattray

Janet L. (Meserve) Rattray, 85, a longtime resident of Gloucester passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on October 23, 2018 at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Janet was born in Laconia NH on May 10, 1933 the daughter of Emma (Kay) Kelley Meserve and Myron L. Meserve. She grew up in Tilton NH graduating from Tilton Northfield High School class of 1950. After graduating high school, Janet attended Lasell Junior College and graduated from Mass General Hospital, School of Nursing, as a Registered Nurse in 1954. She continued her education attending Boston University, Salem State College and Merrimack College, graduating from Antioch University, Cambridge MA, in January 1982 with her Masters in Education.

Janet held many positions including staff nurse, charge nurse, nursing supervisor, and Clinical Nursing Instructor. She found the most satisfaction when teaching and mentoring. She was employed by Mass General Hospital, Springfield Hospital, Cape Ann Nursing Home, Mass Department of Public Health, Addison Gilbert Hospital and the Gloucester Public Schools. Janet was a member of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, MA School Health Association, MGH Alumnae Association, and the Nursing Archives Associates, Boston University Mugar Library and a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She worked for the Gloucester Public Schools for 30 years having a positive influence on many students and educators from across the state.  Janet wore may hats while with the Gloucester Public Schools. She was the Administrative School Nurse, Supervisor of Attendance, grant writer and coordinator of educational workshops. She has been described as “lending a degree of caring and strength to all of her roles”.

Not only did Janet have a fulfilling career, she lovingly raised her three sons to become successful men with amazing work ethics. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren crafting and completing puzzles. Janet always looked forward to spending weekends and summers with her sister, Barbara, at their cottage on Lake Winnisquam in Sanbornton NH. After retiring from Gloucester Public Schools Janet had the time to enjoy traveling with her sister, Barbara.  They visited places near and far, including Hawaii, the Panama Canal, as well as celebrating Janet’s 75th birthday in Paris, France. 


Janet is survived by her three sons, Kendrick Rattray Jr., and his wife Christy of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, David Rattray and his wife Veronica of Amelia, Louisiana, Richard Rattray and his wife Kristin from Gloucester, Mass; one sister Barbara Buswell of Gloucester, Mass; grandchildren; April Doss, Matthew Rattray, Kendrick Rattray III,   Kathleen Smith, Javier Angeles Rattray, Isabel Angeles Rattray, Kaitlin Rattray and Emily Rattray as well as 7 great grandchildren; and former spouse Kendrick Rattray Sr.       


Visiting hours will be held in the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, (Tilton-Franklin Road) 584 West Main Street, Tilton NH on Monday October 29, 2018 from 11 am to 1 pm. Burial will follow in Park Cemetery.

A Celebration of Janet’s life will be held at Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester MA on Tuesday October 30, 2018 from 12 noon to 2pm, all are invited to attend. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Janet’s memory to: The Gloucester Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1104, Gloucester MA 01930.

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