Joanne Santee, 78

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Joanne Santee Catching Your Memories

Unless you’ve lived on an island, you can never know what it’s like, both the push and the pull. Joanne Santee was born on North Haven Island off the coast of Rockland, Maine. She spent most of her childhood living elsewhere, moving from place to place. But the pull was always there for her and that’s why when she had her own family, they would spend summers on North Haven.

Joanne and her husband Larry built a grocery store, which she ran for several years until Larry passed away. For the past several years, she has lived down south. Now 78 and struggling with health issues, she has returned to North Haven to live out the rest of her life. What made it possible is a beautiful elder care facility called Southern Harbor House that opened the beginning of this year. It is now home to Joanne and other islanders who are aging and need some extra help and care.

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Some pictures

Joanne Santee in her room at Southern Harbor House
Joanne and her late husband Larry
The book Joanne has been reading
Joanne’s hat signed by North Haven lobstermen
Joanne holding the guitar her granddaughter painted
Brochure cover/drone view of Southern Harbor House
Brochure cover/drone view of Southern Harbor House
Saying goodbye to North Haven
Me and my sister Cathy on the ferry back to Rockland

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