Jean C. (Place) Gosbee, 89, formerly of Ipswich and wife of the late
Merrill Gosbee, died January 7, 2015 in the Ledgewood Rehabilitation
Born in Stoneham July 10, 1925, one of four children of the late
Carl C. and Mabel (Stewart) Place, she was raised in Malden where
she attended Malden Public Schools, a 1944 graduate of Malden High
School. She spent the summers with her family in West Gloucester and
as a young woman was employed with Blue Cross and Blue Shield in
Married in November of 1945 at the Universalist Church in Malden,
the Gosbees soon made their home and raised family in North Reading.
Throughout the years she had been employed with American Mutual
Insurance Co. in Wakefield, Varian Associates in Beverly and had
served as a teacherís aid in North Reading.
Jean was a devoted wife and mother. She was an active leader in both
Bluebirds and Campfire Girls.
She also served as a Cub Scout Den
Mother and as a Rainbow Worthy Advisor.
She supported the
local Little League, DeMolay organizations and all the interests and
pursuits of her family. She loved spending time in Wolfeboro,
NH, where she and her family began vacationing at Boulderbrook
Lodges in the late 1950's and continued for many decades, forging
many long-lasting friendships. She also enjoyed her hours gardening,
knitting and tole painting.
Jean was very proud of her Scottish heritage, which, on her mother's
side, included both the Stewart and McPherson lineage. Spending time
with Jean always meant fun, warmth and laughter. Even in her last
months, she loved to joke and get others to smile.
She was a past member of the Union Congregational Church in North
Reading and attended the Topsfield Congregational Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Carlene M. Gosbee of Ipswich; two
sons, Merrill L. Gosbee, Jr. of Woodbury, VT, and Gary B. Gosbee and
his wife Judith of Wolfeboro, NH; three grandchildren, Beth (Gosbee)
Javier of Rowley, Mark Gosbee of Jamestown, CO and Dain Gosbee of
Woodbury, VT; five great grandchildren; a brother, Bruce Place and
his wife Cynthia of Bonita Springs, FL and several nephews and
She was the sister of the late Stewart Place formerly of Orrs Isl.,
ME and Carl C. Place, Jr. formerly of Malden.
Her funeral service
was held graveside on Tuesday, May 5 in Beechbrook Cemetery,
Gloucester. The service was officiated by a family friend, the Rev.
Judy Proctor of the Union Congregational Church, North
Reading. Richard Cairns of Essex, another family friend, played
songs which included "As Pants the Hart for Cooling Streams" and
"Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes. A post-service dinner was held at
the Windward Grille in Essex, one of Jean's favorite restaurants.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Care Dimensions,
75 Sylvan Street Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 and, or Spectrum
Adult Day Care Program, 600 Cummings Center, Suite 176X, Beverly,