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Joan Madeleine Bolstridge

Dec 19, 1929 - Apr 23, 2017

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Sebec - Joan Madeleine Bolstridge, 87, passed away peacefully April 23, 2017, at Hibbard Nursing Home, Dover-Foxcroft. She was born in Gillespie Settlement, New Brunswick on December 19, 1929, the daughter of Almon Bolstridge and Agnes (Roach) Bolstridge.
In spite of being left profoundly deaf from measles at the age of four, she excelled academically and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Grand Falls, NB. She became a civilian employee of the Department of the Navy in Washington, D.C., and after her retirement made her home in Sebec, Maine for many years.
Joan was a very devoted Roman Catholic and was active as a Eucharistic minister at St. Thomas Aquinas in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, as well as being a member of the Discalced Carmelites. She was involved in charitable works helping poor children in Brazil, and did missionary work there as well fundraising for the mission.
She was a devoted daughter to her parents and a great comfort and companion to her mother in her later years. She had many interests: she painted and drew; read voraciously; collected stamps, coins, and dolls; and traced her family genealogy before the advent of the Internet. She also enjoyed playing video games.
She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Vaughan Bolstridge; and sisters, Donna Cole and Mary Ellen Lunn. She is survived by brothers, Raymond Bolstridge and his wife, Helen of Milo; Gary Bolstridge of Mims, Florida; Dale Bolstridge and his wife, Anna of Merritt Island, Florida and Sebec; and Larry Bolstridge and his wife, Carol of New Durham, N.H.; sisters, Orpha Grass and her husband, Art of Madbury, N.H, and Barbara Tarvainen and her husband, Bill of Durham, N.H.; and many nieces, nephews, great-nephews, and great-nieces. She was especially close to her great-nephew, Sam Lunn, and her niece, Lisa Ecenarro, who was devoted to her care in her final period of declining health.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11am Thursday, April 27, 2017, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Dover-Foxcroft. Burial will be in the family lot of the Sebec Corner Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. Messages of condolence and memories can be shared at www.laryfuneralhome.com.
Published on  April 25, 2017
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