Emily van Duyvendijk Ginsberg

Jul 29, 1944 - Dec 16, 2017

Emily's Story

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Corea - Emily van Duyvendijk Ginsberg of Corea died on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at a Portland hospital after a brief illness. She was 73.
At the time of her death, Emily worked in Ellsworth as a family and individual counselor with the Bangor-based Community Health and Counseling agency, bringing to that job in 2008 some 40 years of experience of assisting individuals, families, and small groups in dealing with domestic violence, child neglect issues, and sexual assault.
Born on July 29, 1944, in Union, South Carolina, Emily's birth parents were George L. Greaser and May (Leeper) Greaser. After their deaths, Emily was adopted at age four by an aunt and uncle - Johan and Nancy van Duyvendijk of New Orleans, where she grew up. She began her career in 1965 at Trinity University in San Antonio and later earned a master's degree in social work in in 1968 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
On April 9, 1966, Emily van Duyvendijk married Alan Hardy Ginsberg in New Orleans. Both Emily and Alan worked in the Galveston area for 20 years, with Emily working for many local agencies through her private practice, while Alan taught American history at the College of the Mainland. Emily's various professional assignments included assessment, crisis intervention and discharge planning for child burn victims and their families at the Shriners Burn Institute in Galveston. She also developed curriculum and training for physicians, nurses and other professionals dealing with child physical and sexual abuse and neglect.
Emily and Alan developed an enduring love of Downeast Maine after several vacations, eventually relocating from Galveston to Corea, Maine. When not tirelessly assisting clients, Emily and Alan loved to explore the coastal areas. At home, they enjoyed their feline friends, gardening, reading, amid the beauty of their coastal home. Emily never judged. Instead, she always accepted all she encountered. She will be remembered for her gracious smile, her work with children and families, her love of bright colors and flowers, and most especially her love of cats.
The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in April, 2016, at their home in Corea in Downeast Maine. Allan died four months later at age 73 after a distinguished academic career that involved teaching history, political science and Spanish to his many students, from Texas to Maine.
Emily is survived by a brother, Hendrik van Duyvendijk, who lives in Louisiana, and two daughters, Leah Landry of Texas and Stephanie Lovely of Bangor, Maine.
Emily Ginsberg was cremated. At her request, no memorial service has been planned. Donations can be made to SPCA of Hancock County in memory of Emily and her love of all animals.
Published on  January 1, 2018
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