Frances C. (Berry) Gierhan


Bangor - Frances (Berry) Gierhan, 88, wife of the late Marvin F. Gierhan, died February 10, 2019, at a Bangor hospital. She was born February 19, 1930, the daughter of Willis and Mary (Jordan) Berry.
Fran was a lifelong member of St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John's Catholic Church, Bangor. She attended Bangor schools graduating from Bangor High School and Beal Business College. Throughout her early years she was dedicated to family activities, volunteering at the church, schools, Little League, Cub and Brownie Scouts. During their retirement, she cherished her visits traveling with Marvin to Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, camping their way all over the country. She got the most enjoyment spending time with her many family members and friends along the way, always happy to return home for summers in Maine. All that knew her will miss her encouraging calls, cards, letters and loving notes for any occasion or holiday.
Frances is survived by two children: son, Bill Gierhan of Auburn and one daughter, Mary Jean (Gierhan) Zlotnick, husband, Terry and Terry's sister, Sherrie, all of Wilton, Maine; two grandsons, Derek Gierhan and companion, Kelsey Munroe, of Portland, Maine, and Ian and wife, Alicia Gierhan; two great-grandsons, Leo and Oliver, of South Portland, Maine; one granddaughter, Carrie (Gierhan) Tooley; one great-granddaughter, Emilie (Gierhan) Madden; and the many friends; very special relatives, Claudia, Michael Plummer and families; Eldon and Dorean Gierhan, and Lynette Gierhan and their families. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 51 years, Marvin F. Gierhan, in 2004; and by her son, James E. Gierhan, in 2016. The family would like to thank the staff at Sylvia Ross Home for their compassionate care and dedication.
Family and friends may visit 4 - 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John's Catholic Church, York St., Bangor. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Bangor. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the American Lung Association in Maine, 122 State St., Augusta, ME 04333 or at Messages and memories may also be shared with her family at
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Bobby Ladner
Feb 20, 2019
Dear Mary, Bill and Family,
So very sorry to learn of "Fran's" passing. Many fond memories of her supervising Jim & I and our toys.
Mike & Janice Plummer
Feb 16, 2019
Such a treasure we have lost. Will miss our many long distance telephone chats. She always remembered us. Her family was a true blessing to her.
Michael and Jeanne Mason
Feb 14, 2019
Our Condolences to the Gierhan family. we spent many times camping and visiting when we were younger. GOD BLESS
Feb 13, 2019
Bill's mom was a like another mom to me and all his friends. She was always glad to see us and she always saw through our nonsense. She tolerated our misbehaviors shaking her head and telling us, "You know better!" Her laughter and love will be missed.
Margaret and Cindy
Feb 13, 2019
Mary, Bill and family,
Sorry to read of your mother's passing.
Our deepest sympathies.
Nancy and Mark
Feb 13, 2019
Mary , you are in my thoughts . Your mother is the sweetest lady that I ever met. Forever in our hearts .
Angelique Thies Grado
Feb 12, 2019
My tenderest sympathies. Fran was an inspiration to live your life as your true self and with gusto! An amazing woman. Heaven is welcoming home a true angel. Blessings.
Patti ( Lee) Bailey
Feb 12, 2019
Mrs Gierhan was a wonderful person. My brother and I grew up with Billy and Jimmy and lived in Palm St with them forever. My thoughts and prayers for her family. She was a true gem.
The Hansen Family
Feb 12, 2019
Fran was such a treasure. She was so thoughtful to everyone she met. A role model for us all.
Bill, Mary, Sarah & Matt
Lisa Hickson
Feb 12, 2019
So sorry for you loss.Fran will be deeply missed.Such a wonderful lady,loved by all.
Lisa Hickson
Feb 12, 2019
Condolences to your family,such a wonderful lady,you will be sadly missed..
Feb 12, 2019
I’m sorry for your loss. May you receive strength from loving people around you and from our loving God who truly “cares for you” in your time of need.- 1 Peter 5:6,7.
Bev Sullivan-Mudgett
Feb 12, 2019
Fran will be missed, I remember her as always being chipper and positive. Mom and I cherished her. Praying for the family. Love to all