Mary's Story

HUDSON - Mary Louise "Lou" Chretien, 69, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2014 following an extended illness. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts on November 16, 1944, daughter of Thomas and June (Wentworth) Chretien, both now deceased.

She resided in Auburndale, Massachusetts until moving to Bangor, Maine to attend nursing school at St. Joseph's Hospital where she became an LPN. She lived in Milford, Maine, then moved to Hudson, Maine in 1993 where she resided with her beloved cat, Mattie. Lou worked as an LPN at St. Joseph's Hospital for many years, then at Bangor Mental Health Institute (now Dorothy Dix Psychiatric Center) from where she retired.

She is survived by her two sisters, Judith Anne Lundgren and her husband, Robert, of Little River, South Carolina; and Anne Marie Fantasia and her husband, Richard, of Marlborough, Massachusetts. She also leaves behind three nieces, Kerry Regan Jenness and her husband, Wayne, Kaitlin Marie Fantasia, and Kristine June Fantasia; one nephew, Todd Flaherty and his wife, Shannon; and one great-nephew, Connor Flaherty.

Lou enjoyed spending time at her camp on Garland Pond in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, as well as at Drakes Island in Wells, Maine - where she had summered every year as a child. She loved the peacefulness of the outdoors, listening to the ocean in Wells or the loons on Garland Pond. She loved seeing the deer gather under the apple tree in her front yard or back field, and always had the bird feeders filled in the winter. Lou handled just about every household project herself, and was quick to tactfully point out to others when their houses needed work too. If something needed fixing, Lou could always do it.

Lou was an independent free spirit who lived and enjoyed life her way. She always wanted to help others and had a heart of gold. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Per Lou's wishes, there will be a private family gathering. Arrangements by Memorial Alternatives, 205 Center St., Bangor.
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