Jeanne Allen Gore

GARDINER – Jeanne Allen Gore passed away on May 4, 2023, surrounded by love, wrapped in a blanket covered with hearts.

Sister, mother, nonni, stepmom, wife, mentor, friend, and a bright light inthe world to so many. It is impossible to accurately portray Jeanne’s generous and loving spirit in words.

Jeanne was born in Springfield, Mass., on June 15, 1958, and raised in Andover, Mass.

She was a sprightly, happy little girl and she and her twin Jane were constantly together growing up. In high school, she forged lifelong friends, some of whom helped care for her during her recent illness. Jeanne accumulated enough credits to graduate Andover High School a year early. She graduated from Fitchburg State with a degree in accounting.

Jeanne married David Mirisola, a high school classmate and friend. Together they had three children: Nicholas, Elizabeth, and John. They divorced in 2007 and seven years later, Jeanne married Jay Gore, and welcomed his son, James (Jimmy) Gore into her life.

Jeanne is survived by her husband Jay and stepson Jimmy; greatly missed by her children, Nicholas Mirisola; Liz Moore – husband Ben, their children Isaac, Charis, Juliana, Lee, and Stevie; and John Mirisola – wife Christine. She is also mourned by her siblings and their families: sister Mary Ann Archambeault – husband Don, children Ann Marie Bobba, Angela Deery and daughters, Jenna, Amanda, and Chloe; brother Brian Allen – wife Liza Bernard and daughter Rachel; and Jeanne’s twin sister, Jane Sawyer – children Matthew Sawyer, Patrick Sawyer – wife Jenn, and Meagan Sawyer – partner, Kevin son Wyatt. She is also survived by David Mirisola, his parents Lou and Marge, and many in-laws, nieces and nephews from the Mirisola family.

Jeanne was predeceased by her parents Helen Wolfe Allen and John Robert Allen; and brother-in-law, David Sawyer.

Jeanne was a fierce advocate for those in need. “Her love transcended every barrier” and she welcomed people – and animals – into her home and heart. She saw through people’s rough exteriors – rich, poor, old, young, sick – and loved their hearts. While raising her own family, she cared for her mother who struggled with dementia at her home.

She was the founder and championing leader of the National Shattering Silence Coalition. Her work there on behalf of the community of families affected by serious brain disorders was extraordinary and included lobbying Congress, speaking to the media, and co-authoring an award-winning book. She also supported children living in poverty through Compassion International.

Jeanne was creative in so many ways: home decorating, stenciling, painting, cooking, and growing flowers and food. She passed the love of music and dancing on to her children. She also loved the ocean – so much that for decades she worked as a cruise planner so others could experience it to the fullest! Jeanne loved to travel and took many cruises herself and made friends wherever she went. She had such a joy about her that the trials life sent her, though there were many, never conquered her spirit.

A celebration of a life lived bravely and generously will be held in Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth, on Thursday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m.
Arrangements are entrusted with Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, Maine. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website,

Donations in Jeanne’s name may be made to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society or the

National Shattering Silence Coalition.

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