MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Janet Marie MacMillan, daughter of Helen Zimmer and William Hanig, died Wednesday, March 23, at the CarePartners Solace Center in Asheville, N.C., after an 11-year struggle with cancer. She was 70.
She lived in Asheville with her husband, Robert MacMillan. She was born March 10, 1946, in Long Branch, N.J. She grew up in Queens and was a graduate of Richmond Hill High School and St. John’s University, where she received her degree in teaching. She taught grades four and five in Queens for a few years before moving to Mahopac with her former husband, Tony Paterno, where they raised three children. Soon after, she taught at Crompond Elementary School, where she and her husband, Robert MacMillan, created and taught a special innovative program for children before retiring in 2003.
She was a lover of music, having played the accordion, piano and guitar. She was a member of the folk group for many years at St. John the Evangelist in Mahopac and wrote her own music, some of which has just recently been published.
She is survived by her husband, Robert MacMillan; son, Paul Paterno; daughters, Jeannine McNulty and Julie Paterno; two stepsons, Lance MacMillan and Ramsay MacMillan; five grandchildren, Morgan, Isabella, Casey, Tucker and Cameron; one stepgrandchild, Carson MacMillan; sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Tom Cronin; and nine nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Monday, March 28, from 4-8 p.m. at Robert H. Auchmoody Funeral Home, 1028 Main St., Fishkill. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, March 29, at 11 a.m. at Mount St. Mary’s Cemetery, Flushing. Interment will follow.
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