Jeannine M. (Moulton) Haberman died peacefully surrounded by her children at her Brooksby Village residence on Tuesday, July 30 after a brief illness.
She was 86. Prior to joining the Brooksby Village Retirement community in 2012, Jeannine was a lifelong resident of Westford. Born in Groton, MA
she was the daughter of the late Irene (Milot) Moulton and the late Ross Packard Moulton.
Jeannine was raised in Graniteville, graduating with Westford Academy's 30 student class of 1950. In 1952 she married Donald Haberman and managed the operations of the painting business they established while raising their four children. She divorced to pursue her aspiration to attend college in 1974, entering Lowell State College as one of only three women enrolled full time. She graduated the University of Lowell in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Elementary Education, finishing in just three years while working at the Makaha Restaurant and raising two small children still residing at home. She was known to always carry her textbooks to study while watching her children's sports lessons and activities. She went on to earn a Master of Education in 1980 and a Master of Arts in 1989 from Rivier College.
In 1978 she obtained her goal by accepting a position in the Westford School System. She worked alongside "the best teachers and principals anyone could ever ask for" as Westford's School Adjustment Counselor and Psychologist, during her 30 years working across the schools in Westford for grades K-12.
She took pride in working in one of the best school systems in the country. Jeannine was a champion for both students with special needs and their caretakers. She was known for her approachable style and demeanor.
She retired from the Westford School System in 2003 to travel and vacation at her residences in York Beach, ME and Port Ritchie, FL.
Jeannine's deepest commitment was to her children, grandchildren, and large circle of friends. A spectacular cook and even better hostess, she was known for her "open house" for everyone, particularly those with no place to go, and would set another place at her table on a moment's notice. She loved a "full house" and
had a secret talent to never run out of food or drinks. Jeannine enjoyed oil paint landscapes, quilting, gardening, playing guitar, driving in her convertibles,
traveling, and studying and investing in the stock market.
Jeannine is survived by her four children, Donalene A. Groom and her husband Thomas of Westford, Candy Gardner of South Berwick, ME, Donald G. Haberman, Jr. of Groton, Kris (Skita) Knowlton and her husband Steve of Ipswich; eight grandchildren, Timothy Groom, Amanda Groom, Mallory Groom, Nicolette Gardner, Mollie Haberman, Brayden Haberman, Camryn Knowlton, Jordyn Knowlton; six great grandchildren; a brother David Moulton of Groton and his late wife Nancy Moulton, a sister and brother in law, Ann and James Greska of Chelmsford; and several nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her lifelong friend Jean (McNiff) Beard.
It being her request, calling hours are omitted. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 AM in St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, Westford.
Burial will be private.
Jeannine contributed to to St. Jude's Children Hospital for more than 50 years, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name, St. Jude Children's Hospital, 502 St. Jude Pl, Memphis, TN 38105-9959