In Memory of




Obituary for Jean Kniffin Paine

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Jean Kniffin Paine “Jeanie”, wife, mother, sister, cousin and friend. After enduring a short but difficult battle with cancer, Jeanie left us quietly and peacefully the morning of June 24, 2022 with her devoted husband by her side. She was born on January 13, 1956, the daughter of the late Lester and Alice Kniffin. Jeanie was a lifelong resident of Simsbury where she met the love of her life, Mike Paine, and where they raised their two children, Michael and Sarah Jean, who Jeanie loved dearly.

Jeanie will be remembered for her love of being in the company of family and friends, of which she had so many. Time spent with Jeanie was time spent talking, laughing and dancing, surrounded by good food, drink and music. As an avid reader, she spent many hours at her kitchen table with a good book. She took great pleasure in completing the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, which Mike would faithfully retrieve for her each Sunday morning. She generously shared her and Mike’s beloved “beach house” in Old Saybrook with her family and friends, old and new, and waited in anticipation for each winter to end so that she could return to her much-loved deck and water views.

Jeanie leaves behind her husband, Michael R. Paine, and their two children, Michael Paine, Jr and Sarah Jean (Paine) Sabater, and her husband, Nick. She also leaves behind her four younger siblings, Lester Kniffin, Patty Hauser, Mary Girard and Kathy DeRosa and her cousin, Ann O’Donnell, who lovingly cared for her during her final days. She also leaves many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.

It is difficult to describe how much she will be missed.

Her family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, July 8, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, CT. A celebration in Jeanie’s honor will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Simsbury Coon Club located on 56 Nimrod Road in West Simsbury, CT. All family and friends are invited to attend. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
Keep Simsbury Warm c/o Simsbury Social Services, 933 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070.

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