Janneke with Samuel1

WINTHROP, MASSACHUSETTS — Janneke Rachel Disbrow of Winthrop, Mass., passed away peacefully on Friday, October 12, 2007 at the Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association after a brief illness. "Janny" was the loving aunt of Erik Disbrow Mueller-Harder of Cabot, Vt., and Christian Asbury Harder of Norwood, Mass., and their families. She was predeceased by her sister Karen Disbrow Harder in 2004.

Born in Tampa, Fla., in 1933 as Jan Disbrow, Janneke was the daughter of William Cook Disbrow and Jean Cooper Disbrow. She moved from Florida with her family to Newton in 1948 and then to Wellesley in 1950, where she graduated from high school in 1951. Janneke graduated from Bates College in 1955, afterwards working as a translator for the Christian Science Publishing Society. In 1975, Janneke joined the newly forming Downer & Company in Boston, beginning a close professional relationship that would last for more than 30 years.

She loved languages, math, music, art, and nature, and she fostered these interests in her nephews and their children, who dearly miss her.

A memorial service will be held at the Martha-Mary Chapel at Longfellow's Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Rd., Sudbury, Mass., on November 30, 2007, at 3:00 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Janneke's memory may be sent to:

Natural Resources Defense Council 40 West 20th St. New York, NY 10011

Arrangements are by:

J.S. Waterman & Sons & Waring Funeral Home 592 Washington St. Wellesley, MA 02482


  1. Janneke with Samuel