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Obituary for Janice L. Nelson-Kroesser

Janice L. (Curtis) Nelson- Kroesser, 70, of Washington, passed away on May 14,2023. She is the daughter of James and Anita (Ames) Curtis.

Janice grew up in Waldoboro and graduated from Medomak Valley High School In 1970. She married her first husband Francis Nelson on February 5, 1971. They lived in Killeen, Texas and Rockport, Maine before settling down in Washington, Maine to raise their family. After 25 years of marriage they divorced.

Later in life Janice met Ken Kroesser who she loved deeply. They married on September 27, 2000.

Janice's purpose in life was to help others. Anyone who knew her, knew that she would gladly put the needs of others over her own. Her calling was to assist adults with mental disabilities. She was the administrator of Washington Manor for over 30 years. When Washington Manor was in danger of being shut down, Janice’s concern for the welfare of the residence and employees led her to develop a nonprofit organization that would buy Washington Manor.

Janice was a member of Healing Light Spiritual Church in Etna, Maine. She was very devoted to her faith. Janice was a very gifted healer and medium. Whether it was her family, friends, work, or her church, Janice was full of love, compassion and devotion. She had a positive effect on everyone she met. Janice enjoyed spending time with her family as well as her weekend getaways to her camp in Etna.

Janice is survived by her loving husband and best friend, Kenneth Kroesser; her sons Chris Nelson and fiance Jan Boyce, Alan Nelson and wife Melanie; daughters Amy Perkins and husband William and Megan Nelson; step sons, Keith Kroesser and wife Jennifer, Dustin Kroesser and partner Sarah Simmons and Devon Kroesser; step daughter Kelley Kroesser; grandchildren Jo Ann Nelson and Morgan Hernandez, Dakota and Jenna Perkins, Gabriella, Madisyn and Chloe Nelson, Cassie, Sierra and Koleman Kroesser, Devan Lamar, Sydney Choate, Magnolia St. Germain, Delaney Millett, Livanah Jones; great grandchildren Colson , Oliver , Katherine, Wrenly, Kaylie, Kendall, Liam, Hailyn, Owen and Vada. She is also survived by brothers James Curtis and wife Mary, Matt Cutis, and Luke Curits and partner Richard Fisher; sisters Debbie Smith, and Jackie Preston and husband Kendall and sisters-in-law Wanda and Brenda Curtis; along with many nieces and nephews. Janice also leaves behind two very special friends Rev. Janet Decker and Rev. Angel Dowling as well as two grandcats Bailey and Finn.

Janice is predeceased by her parents James and Anita Curtis; brothers Anthony and Mark Curtis, step-daughter Emily Kroesser and grandson Christopher Nelson Jr.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Healing Light Spiritual Church of Etna, Maine or any charity of your choice.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the home of Kenneth and Janice Kroesser on June 3rd starting at noon.

Halls of Waldoboro has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences, visit their Book of Memories at