Derry, NH — Our loving mother and inspiration, Jette F. Tinker, passed from this world into her life’s reward on February 22nd.
Jette lived in Derry and Londonderry, N.H., since 1969. She was 74. She is survived in the lives of her sons, Eric and Flemming; their wives, Tracy and Lisa; and her grandchildren, Mirelle, Peter, David, and Daniel.
Jette’s impact on people extended well beyond her immediate family to her many friends, relatives, supporters, and caregivers.
Jette was born on May 2, 1938 and grew up in Denmark. As a young child, she witnessed the occupation of her country and the hardships brought on by World War II. Nevertheless, she grew up with an unstoppable positive attitude and as a young adult graduated from nursing school. Her friends and relatives knew her for her kind and gentle spirit and a wonderful sense of humor that became the trademark throughout her life.
After marrying our father, Edward, and having her first child, Eric, her young family moved to the United States where she would live the rest of her life. The Tinker family moved to New Hampshire in 1969 where she worked as a registered nurse in the coronary care unit of Alexander Eastman Hospital in Derry (now Parkland Medical Center).
Mom was a competitive tennis player and created beautiful needlepoint wall hangings. Throughout her life, she remained a loyal “Dane.” She loved the artwork, music, foods, and humor of Denmark. Her home was always filled with Danish flags, and she introduced the best parts of Denmark to her many friends here in America – especially Danish chocolates, liquorice and cheeses.
The years that followed brought divorce, diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and the responsibility for raising her two boys as a single parent. As her health declined, she could no longer work as a nurse, however, never giving up, she got a part-time job with Easter Seals, and started her own business called “Scandinavian Health, Inc.,” which promoted and imported a novel acupressure product invented in Denmark. She also became an independent distributor of Shaklee healthcare products.