Janet F. (Saaristo) McKean

  • Born: October 1, 1948
  • Died: October 14, 2018
  • Location: Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home

42 Concord Street
Maynard, MA 01754

Tel. (978) 897-7343

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Partner, Mother, Sister and Grandmother

Janet Frances McKean of Old Orchard Beach, Maine passed away peacefully at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House on October 14, 2018.

She was born in Concord, MA on October 1, 1948, the daughter of Veikko "Al" and Frances Halloran Saaristo. She was a graduate of Acton-Boxboro Regional High School. She worked many years as a legal secretary retiring after 15 years of service with Wilmer, Hale and Dorr, State Street, Boston. Janet retired to Old Orchard Beach, Maine in 2012.

She loved the tranquility of the Maine beaches. She also spent her retirement winters in North Port, FL where she enjoyed playing in the Olympics of Bocce. When she wasn't competing, she loved to play golf, scrapbook, gardening, motorcycling and loved having her children and grandchildren come stay with her at the beach.

She is survived by her best friend and life partner Richard Dunn, sons Robert McKean and his wife Roeuny of Ayer, MA and Christopher McKean and his wife Laura of Westford, MA, a brother Kevin Saaristo, two sisters Pamela Quinn and Susan Helander, and 5 grandchildren, Alyssa, Gabriella, Brady, Rachel and Ryan. Janet was predeceased by a brother Howard Saaristo.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Janet on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, 42 Concord Street, Maynard.

Memorial donations may be made in Janet's memory to Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, 499 Broadway PMB 362 Bangor, Maine 04401-3460.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Rich, condolences on your loss. Dussy was a very special person. We have fond memories of her and the days at MCC. Rick & Clare O'Brien

Posted by Rick & Clare O'Brien - North Billerica, MA - friend   October 22, 2018

Richy im sorry to hear about your loss.Keep the faith gof bless.your friend Remo .

Posted by Remo Shurling - Maynard, MA - Friend   October 21, 2018

Rich, so sorroy for your loss. The world will be a sadder place without Dussy in it. I have such fond memories of our golfing adventures. It was because of her that i got into scrape booking. She was an artist.
She will be greatly missed.

Posted by Donna Lexander - The Villages, FL - Friend   October 21, 2018

So sorry to hear about Dussy's passing. A wonderful woman who loved life like no other. What a wonderful gift those grandchildren were to her. She really made the best of her short time here. My love to you, Pammy.

Posted by Cindi Wallace - Bolton, MA - Friend   October 21, 2018

Rich and family sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers , Louise Savoy

Posted by Louise - Canaan,, ME - Friend   October 20, 2018

My deepest sympathy for the McKean Family,

Posted by Tim Bryant - Pepperell, MA - Friend   October 19, 2018

To Rich and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ron & Janis Earls Jr.

Posted by Janis Earls - Marlborough, MA - Friend   October 19, 2018

With Deepest Sympathy

Posted by Sheila Perkins - North Port, FL - Friend   October 19, 2018

You were a great friend, we had many laughs and fun times, I will miss you so much, Gary and I loved our Green Boots. Prayers for Rich and family. RIP my dear friend.

Posted by Patty Russeau - La Salle, MI - Friend   October 18, 2018

We will miss you Auntie Dus!! All our love goes out to Richie, Bob, Chris & entire Saaristo family.

Posted by Vicki Tobin - Hubbardston, MA - Family   October 18, 2018

Rich and Family, so sorry for your loss. we were neighbors in florida. we had many of laughs together. Going to miss those fun days of going to the goodwill. We had fun playing hand and foot at the clubhouse. Kilepa Court will never be the same again ! you were a great friend and neighbor ! RIP !!!

Posted by marsha green - north port, FL - Neighbor   October 17, 2018

It has been an honor and a pleasure to have had Dussy in my life since the 1970's. I'm so glad I was able to visit with her in Maine in July before she got sick. The seeds she gave me from her garden have been planted at my camper and will hopefully bloom every spring. I am somewhat comforted knowing that we'll meet again on the other side when it's my turn. Save me a seat Dus.

Posted by Darlene (French) Gaudet - Port Charlotte, FL - Friend   October 17, 2018

June 2014 - New haircut

Posted by Darlene (French) Gaudet - Port Charlotte, FL - Friend   October 17, 2018

Loved playing Hand and Foot with My new friend Janet in Holiday Park. She was a fun girl with an easy laugh and a generous heart. Will miss you Janet.

Posted by Marjorie Vaughan - Smiths Falls Canada, FL - Friend   October 17, 2018

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June 2014 - New haircut