BANGOR - Maralyn M. Schoenberger died unexpectedly March 21, 2014, at a Bangor hospital. She was born Oct. 1, 1929 in Pittsburgh, PA, the daughter of Stanley Francis Morton and Eleanor Burdetta Lockhart (Hill) Morton.
Maralyn was a graduate of Peabody High School, class of 1946 and of the two-year retail training program in Gimbel's Department Store. On Feb. 2, 1952, she married Walter Smith Schoenberger. A daughter, Karen, was born in March 1953. The family lived in Pittsburgh, PA and Medford, MA before settling in Orono in 1956. Participation in politics was a central part of her entire adult life. A member of the League of Women Voters, the Orono Conservation Commission and the Orono Board of Voter Registration, she ran twice for the State Legislature in the middle 60's. She served as an Alternate Delegate to the Democratic National Convention, Chicago, 1968, and as a member of the National Credentials Committee for the Miami Democratic Convention in 1972. She was also a delegate to that convention. Under the Curtis and Brennan administrations she served on the Governor's Committee on Children and Youth, the Maine State Board of Chiropractic and was Democratic State Committee woman and Delegate to several State Democratic conventions. She was a County Commissioner from 1980-84 and served as vice president of the Maine County Commissioners Association during that time. She was a member of the Maine Civil Liberties Union and the University of Maine Foundation, and worked the polls at most elections until very late in her life.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen, of Montclair, NJ; sisters, Lynne Clifton of Los Angeles, CA and Cyndie Redding of Fort Lauderdale, FL and many loving nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at the Buchanan Alumni House, 1 Alumni Place, Orono. A reception will follow at the same location. Those who wish to remember Maralyn in a special way may make a gift in her memory to the Maralyn M. Schoenberger Fund, made payable to the University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5792. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.