Jean Ann Comstock Hardenstine, well-known area nurse of New Era, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in Memorial Hospital, Towanda.
Jean was born July 31, 1927, in Berwick.
Jean attended the New Albany schools, graduating from New Albany High School in the Class of 1945.
She was the daughter of Lois Comstock, and stepdaughter of John A. Robinson.
After graduation, Jean entered nurses' training school at Bloomsburg Hospital, and later transferred to Polyclinic Hospital, Harrisburg, graduating in 1948.
She was employed as a staff nurse by Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Fla., from 1949 to 1951, then moved to New York City and became head nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City.
Jean worked at Mills Hospital, Towanda, from 1955 to 1959, and when Memorial Hospital opened in 1959 she served as the 3 to 11 supervisor until 1980. She was nurse manager of the Medical–Surgical unit from 1980 until her retirement in 1992.
Jean married Francis D. Hardenstine on June 13, 1953. From that time, they lived together on their dairy farm in New Era and celebrated their 60th anniversary last week.
After her retirement from nursing, Jean served as president of the New Albany Community Library and Memorial Hospital Home Health Board.
She is survived by her husband, Francis; son, Peter; daughter, Tanya Olaviany; son-in law, Victor Olaviany; granddaughters, Amanda and Caitlin Olaviany, who she thought the world of; and half-brothers, John A. Robinson Jr., Silvara; Robert Robinson, Standing Stone; and Terry Robinson, Hughesville.
She was preceded in death by her mother, stepfather and half-brother, Stanley Robinson.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev Donald Littleton, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in New Era Cemetery, Terry Township.
Contributions may be directed to the Memorial Hospital, 91 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848, or the New Albany Community Library, P.O. Box 54, New Albany, PA 18833, in Jean's memory.
Memories and condolences may be expressed by visiting www.bowenfuneralhomes.com