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GREENFIELD - Alberta Christine McCrossin, 89, went to Heaven on the evening of November 13, 2015, to meet her Savior and to reunite with her devoted husband Herbert Leon McCrossin, her parents Robert and Agda Swedberg, and brother Roger Swedberg and wife Arlene. She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on February 7, 1926. She lived in a Swedish community, with her grandparents living on the floor above her. Her family called her Berta and Bertie. She survived the Great Depression and was a very resourceful woman who could make a feast out of whatever was at hand, and an adventure out of whatever path we had to follow.

She worked for the University of Maine for many years, both at Bangor and at Orono.

She had a love for the piano and enjoyed playing hymns. She was a Sunday school teacher for many years. She read the Bible and found great comfort in the Psalms. She said if there was one thing she wanted to be remembered for it was: she prayed. If she knew you, she prayed for you faithfully.

She was legendary in her athletic abilities in the presence of mice and could jump remarkably high, making precise landings on piano bench, chair, or table in a fraction of a second. She was an avid swimmer in her youth in Massachusetts, which undoubtedly conditioned her for dealing with mice in a Maine farmhouse.

She is survived by two children, Nancy C. Deschene and husband Camille of East Millinocket, Stephen R. McCrossin, Sr. and wife Linda of Greenbush (who lovingly took care of her in their home for a year and a half); grandchildren Amy Potter and husband Jamey, Kathy McCrossin and companion Ray, Stephanie Thompson and husband Adam, Stephen R. McCrossin, Jr. and wife Brianne, Christine Horton and husband Robbie, Cindy Deschene, Gina Deschene and partner Greg Hawksley, and a nephew Roger Swedberg Jr., great grandchildren Emma and Ethan, Tyson and dad Jason, Whitney, Waylon and Gunner Thompson, Alexandria, Keegan, Maeve, and Forest McCrossin.

She was a woman who loved God and now she has met him.

Friends may call Monday, November 16, 2015, from 5-7pm at Birmingham Funeral Home 438 Main St. Old Town. A celebration of Alberta's life will be conducted at 11am Tuesday, at Birmingham's, with burial to follow at the Greenfield cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like any donations in Alberta's name to go to The United Baptist Church, 86 Middle St. Old Town, ME 04468
Published on  November 16, 2015
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