IN MEMORIAM: Jean E. Jensen Field, 89; Ran Hartwick Farm With Husband Fred

IN MEMORIAM: Jean Jensen Field, 89;

Ran Hartwick Farm With Husband Fred

Jean E. Fields

HARTWICK – Jean Elizabeth Jensen Field, 89, who with husband Fred ran a farm in Pleasant Valley, died at home Aug. 22, 2019.  Six children survive.

Born Oct. 4, 1930 in Merrickville, she was the middle child of Harold and Elizabeth Jensen of Otego. Raised in the Seventh Day Adventist faith, she graduated from South Lancaster Academy, South Lancaster, Mass.

At age 21, she married Fred S. Field of Hartwick at the Baptist Church parsonage. She always said she should have known what she was in for when Fred didn’t have the $5 to pay the minister!

Farming the Pleasant Valley farm with Fred was not easy, but she held it all together with her faith in the Lord. She worked hard raising six children, milking the cows twice daily, feeding the hired help, caring for her mother-in-law Ellen, and dealing with her dreaded bookkeeping for two farms and rentals.

Each spring a large garden was planted to eat from and the excess was canned for winter. Her homemade bread, hot from the oven, was devoured before it cooled. She was great at cooking from what was on hand and stretching it to feed a multitude with ease. She had a solution for whatever repair was needed, be it rental properties or children’s injuries.

Later years, after the Pleasant Valley farm was sold, she enjoyed “retirement,” helping babysit her grandchildren and teaching Sabbath school. She looked forward to summer and attending the Hunter Mountain Country Music Festival with friends.

Jean was predeceased by her husband, Fred, in 2007.

She is survived by her six children, Elizabeth E. Partlow of Cooperstown, Mary-Jean Palmer of Vero Beach, Fla., Frederick D. Field (Amy) of Hartwick, Claire F. Satriano (Bob) of Cooperstown, Amy A. Schrom (Ed) of Schenectady and Grace Lobdell of Cooperstown; 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; her sister, Milly Edmister of Tampa, Fla.; cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her mother, Elizabeth Elder Jensen, in 1960; father, Harold Jensen in 1969; siblings William Jensen in 1988, Beatrice Smith in 2002, Mary Edmister in 2008, Arnold Jensen in 2005; and son-in-law, Bob Palmer in 1992.

A special thank you to Kelly Pashley for the love and care she gave our mother all these years, helping us honor her wishes to remain at home with her birds and flowers.

Her beautiful smile and laugh will be missed by all who knew her. Jean’s faith and hard work will live on as an inspiration to her children and grandchildren.

A celebration of life for Jean Elizabeth Field will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Hartwick Cemetery family plot. Memorial donations may be made to the Hartwick Emergency Squad, Hartwick NY, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Funeral arrangements are by the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.

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