Bessie (Cole) Getchell


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Brewer and Machias - Bessie Schoppe (Cole) Getchell, 92, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 11, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. She was born to Neil and Martha Cole in South Thomaston, Maine on August 22, 1926. Bessie was the second eldest of nine children: Phillip, Bessie, Donald, Jean, Dorothy, Neil, Virginia, Kenneth and Alan.
She graduated from Machias High School and attended college at both Washington State Normal School in Machias and Beal College in Bangor. Bessie married Cecil Getchell and raised three children: Clinton, Brenda and Steven.
She worked at Brewer Convalescent Center for many years and received awards in honor of the outstanding care she gave her patients.
To know Bessie was to love her. Bess was a wonderful cook. Cooking you a big meal was one of the many ways she showed her love. She loved the holidays and tradition. Bessie loved to dance and she loved the ocean. She often would say, "I need to smell the salt air." Bessie loved many things, but most of all she loved her family and the very best of times for her were spent with her family around her.
Bess leaves behind her son, Clinton N. Getchell and daughter-in-law, Joyce her daughter, Brenda J. Vanelli and husband Bob her son, Steven R. Getchell and life partner, Bert Johnson; grandchildren Heidi and Jonas, Clinton Jr. and Kath, Kala and Jack, Angela and Keith, Zane II "Willy" and Kelli; great grandchildren, Benjamin, Brittany, Kirsti, Dillion, Taylor, Connor, Hannah, Holly, Paige and great great- grandson, Andrew; sisters , Jean, Dorothy, Virginia and brother Alan; many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her love, Melvin Getchell.
A graveside service will be held in the spring at Woodlawn Cemetery, North Main St., Brewer, at a date and time to be announced.
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Published on March 12, 2019
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12 posts

Marie Quale
Mar 25, 2019
I remember Bessie as a woman who always had a smile on her face. She was so easy to talk to and I enjoyed her visits to the flower shop. Her love of life and family was so obvious to those who were privileged to know her.
Mel Leavitt
Mar 13, 2019
I'm so sorry that you lost Bessie. 😞 I worked with Bessie years ago. You are right, to know her, was to love her. She was one great lady. RIP Bessie...
Kathy Gacek (niece)
Mar 13, 2019
I’m so sorry for the families loss. Aunt Bessie always had a smile on her face and I remember her laughter the most. RIP Aunt Bessie much love for you! ❤️
Mac Clewley (nephew)
Mar 13, 2019
Always loved Aunt Bessie. She always smiled and kept a cheerful attitude. Enjoyed family more than anything.
Linda Gerow
Mar 13, 2019
To Brenda, Clint and Steven and families. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Linda
Danielle Saunders(Stover)
Mar 13, 2019
Thoughts and Prayers with all my family during this time. Rest In Peace Aunt Bessie! You and my mother Donna Jean are now reunited in heaven. You will be missed by all. Love to my family
Brenda Getchell Vanelli
Mar 12, 2019
I would like to share a few photos of our Beautiful Bess
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Peggy (Getchell) Adams
Mar 12, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss. God Bless Prayers.
Brenda Chase Bradford
Mar 12, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Clinton, Brenda and Steven our families used to have some good times. Love you all and Bessie will be missed.
Dottie (Getchell)
Mar 12, 2019
My sincere sympathy to All, Aunt Bessie was one of the greats!!! She was the best to Mom(Alice ) an Dad (Roy), they loved Aunt Bessie to the moon an back as did I... Sending love your way.....Cousin Dottie ......
Virginia l.Olsen
Mar 12, 2019
Clint,Brenda and Steven-She was a very loving older sister and though she is gone she will never be forgotten.
Brookings-Smith Funeral Home
Mar 12, 2019