MALONE — Janine Johnson Abbott, 54, of 1551 County Route 25, Malone, died with her family and Hospice of the North Country by her side on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 in Malone.
She was born in Malone, Aug. 4, 1955, the daughter of Robert and Janet (Smith) Johnson.
She graduated in 1973 from Franklin Academy in Malone, in 1975 from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H. and in 1977 from St. Lawrence University in Canton.
In 1985, she married Jeffrey Abbott at Notre Dame Church in Malone. In 1990, Jeff succeeded his father as owner/president of A&M Beverages Inc., with Janine as vice president. Together they continued to build the strong community involvement of this local business. She continued this strong tie to the community after the sudden death of her husband Jeff this past June.
She was an avid skier, having started at the age of 5 years at Moon Valley. At age 7 she led the “torch light parade” during Carnival weekend. She was an active participant in the junior racing program run by Karl Jost and won many ski trophies in junior racing. Always looking for new experiences, she made her first skydive at age 15.
In the late 1970s, she went to Colorado, where she worked for the Summit County Journal as a sales representative. She returned to Malone in 1980 and worked with her father as an estimator in his painting business.
She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly C. Abbott; son, William R. Abbott; father, Robert F. Johnson; mother, Janet (Smith) Johnson; mother-in-law, Mary Ellen (Missert) Abbott; three uncles: Mr. Donald and Janet Johnson of Salem S.C., Alan and Claudia Smith, and Charles Smith of Fort Covington; two aunts, Mrs. Jack (Charlotte) Johnson of Plattsburgh and Mrs. James (Ann) Berry of St. Paul, Minn.; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Robert (Ellen) Legault of Ottawa, Ontario and Mrs. David (Patricia) Graham of Mendon; and three nieces: Mrs. Robert (Jennifer Legault) Hopkinson, Karen E. Legault and Erin P. Graham.
She was predeceased by her husband and soulmate, Jeffrey A. Abbot; father-in-law, William R. Abbott; and uncle, Jack Johnson.
There will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12 at Notre Dame Church, 11 Church Place, Malone, followed by interment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery on Route 30 in Malone.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the North Country.
Arrangements are through St. Mary-Murphy Funeral Home, Malone.