Jean Ann Comstock Hardenstine

Jean Ann Comstock Hardenstine, well-known area nurse of New Era, Pa., passed away June 18, 2013 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda.

Jean was born on July 31, 1927, in Berwick. She was the daughter of Lois Comstock and stepdaughter of John A. Robinson. She attended the New Albany schools, graduating from New Albany High School, Class of 1945.

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 at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla., from 1949 to 1951, then moved to New York City and became head nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Jean worked at Mills Hospital in 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, celebrating 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 was preceded in death by her mother, stepfather and half-brother, Stanley Robinson.

She is survived by her husband, Francis; son, Peter; daughter, Tanya Olaviany; son-in law, Victor Olaviany; granddaughters, Amanda and Caitlin Olaviany, whom she thought the world of; half-brothers, John A. Robinson Jr., Silvara; Robert Robinson, Standing Stone; and Terry Robinson, Hughesville.

The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Donald Littleton, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the New Era Cemetery, Terry Township, Pa.

Contributions in Jean's memory may be directed to Memorial Hospital, 91 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848; or the New Albany Community Library, P.O. Box 54, New Albany, PA 18833.

Memories and condolences may be expressed by visiting

Funeral Home

Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home
217 York Avenue Towanda, PA 18847
(570) 265-2272

Published in Times Leader on June 19, 2013