Jeannette Moisan and one of her charges.
Mom was an energetic foster parent for over 30 years. In her later years, she had homemaking services provided her, as they are to many elderly who can no longer keep house. Mom got mentioned in the newsletter of the home care agency:
Intercity Mini News
On our first visit with Jeanette Moisan she spoke of being the foster mother to over four hundred children. As we visited in the welcome atmosphere of her home, she revealed her gentle manner as she spoke of her own family life and how she developed a keen interest in helping others.
While still in her teens, she began helping to care for a neighbor's child and took over much of the care of her younger sister. Jeanette was raised in a "plain, hard-working" family. Her mother took in boarders and Jeanette was well-adapted to helping out and getting along with others.
Jeanette later married and had two daughters of her own. Sadly, her younger daughter passed away from leukemia at the age of two and a half. At that time, doctors who knew of Jeanette's compassion recommended that she channel her love and attention beyond her own family toward others. It was at this time that the idea of caring for foster children came about.
Jeanette opened up her heart and her eleven room home. The influx of babies and children began. A nursery was set up to accommodate up to five babies at a time. Among the babies sent to "Nana" Moisan were the sick and handicapped. None were turned away.
Jeanette set about providing the home atmosphere on which children thrive. She reached out to those in need and offered them security and love to give them a good start. She recognized and respected each child's individuality and did her best to meet their physical and emotional needs with patience and understanding.
During our conversation Jeanette exhibited two sheets of poster board filled with photographs of the tiny faces of those she has cared for. She revealed satisfaction and pride in the work she has done and deserves the caring and recognition from those who have kept in touch from as far away as London.
Intercity Homemaker Jeanne Flynn is assigned for four hours a week. Through Jeanne, Intercity hopes to meet Jeanette's needs with the understanding she has offered to others.
Here are some of the 400 children: