Grace Schimpf
B: 1931-05-02
D: 2018-12-12
View Details
Schimpf, Grace
Kinsley Archer
B: 2018-08-03
D: 2018-12-10
View Details
Archer, Kinsley
Clara Wedge
B: 1932-12-24
D: 2018-12-07
View Details
Wedge, Clara
Boyd Bowden
B: 1929-08-19
D: 2018-12-07
View Details
Bowden, Boyd
Ethel Winslow
B: 1945-11-01
D: 2018-12-05
View Details
Winslow, Ethel
Eleanor Renault
B: 1930-04-07
D: 2018-12-04
View Details
Renault, Eleanor
William LaBelle
B: 1932-12-29
D: 2018-12-02
View Details
LaBelle, William
Ethel Gott
B: 1926-06-26
D: 2018-11-27
View Details
Gott, Ethel
Michael Richardson
B: 1958-07-27
D: 2018-11-23
View Details
Richardson, Michael
Allan Ott
B: 1954-11-17
D: 2018-11-21
View Details
Ott, Allan
Ellen Weed
B: 1936-07-13
D: 2018-11-18
View Details
Weed, Ellen
David Jodrey
B: 1963-09-09
D: 2018-11-14
View Details
Jodrey, David
Lawrence Murphy
B: 1926-05-10
D: 2018-11-13
View Details
Murphy, Lawrence
Peter Smallidge
B: 1934-01-27
D: 2018-11-13
View Details
Smallidge, Peter
Stephen Somers
B: 1954-06-15
D: 2018-11-12
View Details
Somers, Stephen
Ralph Cahoon
B: 1937-02-17
D: 2018-11-10
View Details
Cahoon, Ralph
Elizabeth Giles
B: 1932-10-20
D: 2018-11-06
View Details
Giles, Elizabeth
Irene Rachinski
B: 1936-04-27
D: 2018-11-04
View Details
Rachinski, Irene
Driscilla Ward
B: 1930-08-13
D: 2018-10-31
View Details
Ward, Driscilla
Leslie Clark
B: 1925-04-29
D: 2018-10-31
View Details
Clark, Leslie
Edward Gurtler
B: 1932-09-08
D: 2018-10-31
View Details
Gurtler, Edward


Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
1139 Main Street
PO Box 99
Mount Desert, ME 04660
Phone: 207-244-3183
Fax: 207-244-7514

The Memorial Candle Program has been designed to help offset the costs associated with the hosting this Tribute Website in perpetuity. Through the lighting of a memorial candle, your thoughtful gesture will be recorded in the Book of Memories and the proceeds will go directly towards helping ensure that the family and friends of Janneke Neilson can continue to memorialize, re-visit, interact with each other and enhance this tribute for future generations.

Thank you.

Select Candle

Obituary for Janneke Seton Neilson

Janneke Seton  Neilson
Janneke Seton Neilson of Bryn Mawr, PA and Northeast Harbor, ME.

Janneke Seton Neilson died peacefully Tuesday evening on June 26th at Mount Desert Island hospital near her beloved home “Over-The-Way” in Northeast Harbor, Maine. She was 87.

Janneke was born on March 4th, 1931 in Batavia (Jakarta), Java (Indonesia). She was one of two daughters (Christine S.J. van Iterson) of Dirk Jan Jansen and Elizabeth Seton Jansen. Her father was the Java (Indonesia) harbor master and an official for the Nederland Lloyd, a cargo and passenger shipping company headquartered in Rotterdam. He also served in the Nederland Intelligence Service. Her childhood was interrupted by the Japanese invasion of Java in 1942 when the family was evacuated to Perth, Australia. Her father remained behind in Java to block the Japanese from taking full control of the harbors by sinking many of the line’s ships. He was later taken prisoner by the Japanese and released after the war. Janneke initially attended the Saint Hilda’s school in Perth and later at the Frensham School in Mittagong, New South Wales, Australia. After the conclusion of World War II, the family moved back to Holland.

In 1954 she married Frederick L. Haack and had two children, Frederick and Priscilla. The family lived in Holland and spent four years living in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia where Mr. Haack was an engineer with the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO). The family traveled extensively and in 1967 purchased their first summer home in Northeast Harbor. After their divorce in 1974, Janneke moved to the United States permanently and married Harry (Hank) Rosengarten Neilson Jr., also a summer resident of Northeast Harbor. Summers were spent sailing and going on picnics with children and friends. They shared more than 20 years of marriage, living in both Malvern, PA and Northeast Harbor, before Hank Neilson’s death in June 1994.

In Pennsylvania, Janneke was a member of the women’s board of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the John B. Deaver Auxiliary of Lankenau Hospital and the restoration committee of the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, where she enjoyed weekly Friday afternoon concerts. In Maine, she was a founder and chairman of the International Ladies Committee for the Jackson Laboratory, served on the council of Thuya Gardens, now Land and Garden Preserve and the Library and Museum of Frenchboro, Maine. She also served as President of the Garden Club of Mount Desert, was a member of The Cranberry Club and a staunch supporter of the Friends of Acadia and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

She is survived by her two children, Frederick L. Haack III (M. Lita Kean) of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and Priscilla Haack Smith (Stockton N. Smith) of Villanova, Pennsylvania and Vero Beach, Florida; five grandchildren, Alexandra Haack Gibbs, Benjamin Kean Haack, Christina Kean Haack, Philippa Thorne Klipstein and Philip Augustus KIipstein and five step-children, Ruth Neilson, Sarah Neilson, Harry Neilson, Susanna Neilson and Silas Neilson. A service will be held at Saint Mary’s By-The-Sea Episcopal Church in Northeast Harbor, 4:00PM, Thursday, July 26, 2018. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mount Desert Island Hospital, Bar Harbor, Maine and the Garden and Land Preserve, Seal Harbor, Maine.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert, ME. Condolences may be expressed at

To send flowers to the family of Janneke Seton Neilson, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Order Flowers
Recently Shared Condolences
Recently Shared Stories
Recently Shared Photos