Louisa's Story

Louisa May (Bolstridge) Bartlett passed away 11/22/2015. She was born August 1, 1919, the daughter of Wallace & Edith (Clark) Bolstridge of Buffalo, Maine.

She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Ralph V. Bartlett, a baby son, and daughter Marlene H. Zurlo; her parents, Wallace & Edith Bolstridge; her brothers, William, Harold, Henry, Percy and Charles Bolstridge; her sisters, Edna Howes, Hazel Stevens, Ruby Page and Lucy Allen; son-in-law, Victor (Joe) Jimmo, Jr. and daughter-in-law Janice Bartlett. She is survived by two sons, Dan V. Bartlett of Dewey, AZ, Gregory R. & (Judy) Bartlett of Soldotna, Alaska; three daughters and three sons-in laws, Jessie & (Michael) Reisfeld of Port St. Lucie, FL, Sharon & (Ronald) Chasse of Ashland, Maine, and Lois Jimmo of Wallingford, CT; sister-in-law, Marge Bolstridge of Boise, Idaho; brothers, Floyd & (Bertha) Bolstridge of East Millinocket, Maine, Gerald (Pete) & (Diane) Bolstridge of Chicopee, MA; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Louisa and her husband Ralph built a strong foundation together raising their 6 children primarily in Portage Lake, Maine. Ralph was employed by the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad for 40 years as a section foreman. Through those years they were transferred away from Portage Lake to Madawaska where Louisa was employed for the A&P grocery store as cashier, which she so enjoyed for 6 years. They were transferred back home to Portage Lake where they resided until the children were grown. They then moved to Ashland where Louisa received her High School Equivalency Certificate Diploma in 1966, of which she was so very proud.

When her husband retired from the railroad he built a beautiful home nestled in the woods near the lake in Buffalo, Maine where they resided for 10 years. It was built where Louisa grew up, making it a very special place.

Later, with the desire and love to travel, they decided to drive to Alaska to spend some time with their two sons, Dan & Greg, and their families. They enjoyed that first trip to Alaska so much, there were many trips thereafter, until finally they decided to reside in Alaska. They stayed for 9 years. For them it was an experience they never stopped talking about. With a warmer climate in mind, they visited daughter Jessie who introduced them to sunny Florida, a vacation they would never forget. It was a wonderful couple of months for them. They enjoyed the warm weather so much they went on to visit family in Phoenix, AZ., a warm inviting place of which they loved and where it never seems to rain. They resided there for 6 years.

Finally, it was time to go back home. Their final journey together would be to reside at the beautiful Leisure Village in Presque Isle, Maine, where they enjoyed their last days together with their daughter Sharon. A journey well spent, where her loving husband passed away on May 22, 2002. Louisa went on to Connecticut where she spent time with daughter Lois. Thereafter, her final days were to reside at the beautiful Gardiner Health Care Facility, Houlton, Maine, where she had met so many lovely people who cared for her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Her wish was to be cremated. A private graveside memorial service will be held at Buffalo Grave Site.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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