SOMESVILLE – Stephanie Irene Haskins Dall, 64, died Sunday, July 30, 2006, at her home, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 9, 1942, in Sorrento, at the home of her parents, the late Reginald and Helen (Noyes) Haskins. Stephanie attended the two-room Sorrento Grammar School and graduated from Sumner Memorial High School, in East Sullivan in 1960. Later, she graduated from Husson College in Bangor and was employed for a number of years at the University of Maine at Orono. Like her mother, Stephanie was a woman of strong domestic interests. She was an accomplished seamstress and craftsperson. Her entries into the Bangor Fair won numerous award ribbons. For an interim she made meticulous doll clothing which she marketed under the imprimatur of Dall’s Dolls. Similarly, her cakes were masterpieces of inventive design and much appreciated by their recipients. What is especially recalled, however, is her quiet thoughtfulness. To friends and relatives few holidays went unremembered. Gifts often came in multiples, carefully chosen or made months earlier and were masterfully wrapped. After her move to Mount Desert, she and Dick Hill became avid hikers and kayakers around the island. Summit picnics became special occasions. Once she organized a birthday tea party at the top of St. Sauveur’s mountain – Stephanie provided real linen, a fresh cake and even china cups. Balloons, tied to the celebrant’s belts, occasionally fell victim to errant branches, their loud popping only adding to the occasion’s moment. Stephanie and her family are deeply grateful for the loving companionship provided in her final months by Dick Hill. They are appreciative, too, of the fine care provided by the Bar Harbor and Eastern Maine hospitals. Though gravely ill, she managed to present her nurses at the Bangor Hospital with May baskets – such was her concern for others. Her friends were forthcoming and of great assist to solace in her last days. The thoughtfulness of Kathy Suminsby and Alice and Ken Savage is especially remembered. Hancock County Hospice also gave able help. Even as the end approached, Stephanie’s courage and acceptance gave quiet dignity and example to those about her. For her life, we are grateful. She is survived by her companion and advocate, Dick Hill, also of Somesville; her two children; daughter, Debbie Dall Emerson and her husband, Tony and her children, Brady, Kash and Jade Keezer, all of Veazie; son, Daniel Dall and his wife, Joanne and their new son, Mason, of Rochester, N.Y. Stephanie’s grandchildren were the love of her life. She treasured spending quality time with each of them and attending their many sporting events. She leaves three siblings, Sturgis Haskins of Sorrento, Heidi Hooper and her husband, Trevitt, of Orrington, Jeffrey Haskins and his wife, Georgie, of Hancock and Palm Beach, Fla. She also leaves an aunt, Betsy Baker; her former husband, John Dall; and five nieces and nephews. Services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Sorrento Community Church, Sorrento. Private burial will be immediately after the service at Doane’s Point Cemetery, Sorrento. If desired, donations may be made to the Union Church of Northeast Harbor, P.O. Box 555, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662, or to the Mount Desert Island Hospital, P.O. Box 8, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Arrangements are by the Bragdon-Kelley-Campbell Funeral Home of Ellsworth. For more information, please visit our website at www.bragdonkelley.com
STEPHANIE IRENE HASKINS DALL
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:20 p.m.