PEMBROKE – Nicholas S. Gamertsfelder, 57, passed away peacefully Friday, July 10, 2009, with his family by his side at a Bangor hospital. Nick was born April 27, 1952, in Des Moines, Iowa, son of the late William and Lee (Kuhlman) Gamertsfelder. After graduating from high school he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and his master’s degree from Drake University. Along with his wife, Karla, Mr. G. volunteered for the Peace Corps in Truk Lagoon, Micronesia. He taught for several years in Clinton, Iowa, and then along with his wife, moved to Maine in 1980. He was a teacher’s assistant for the University of Maine, Orono, while obtaining his teaching accreditation for Maine. After moving Down East, Mr. G. worked on Pleasant Point, then went on to take a teaching position at Shead High School, Eastport, where he taught social studies for more than 20 years. His love for education and children led him to create many programs at the school. He created the Down East Chess Conference and coached Shead High School’s Chess Team for many years. He was instrumental in the creation of the weight lifting program at the school. Mr. G. also coached many students in the Voice of Democracy Competition. Each year he was active in “Operation Santa” where he, along with his students, ensured children received gifts during the holidays and families received food baskets. Mr. G. further extended education beyond the classroom by taking his students to the local cemeteries in order to decorate the graves of area veterans. He was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2005. Nick greatly enjoyed cooking, playing chess, reading prolifically, woodworking, white water rafting, target shooting, friendly debates and spending time with his family. Surviving are his loving wife of 35 years, Karla Gamertsfelder; four children, Nicholas Gamertsfelder and his fiancee, Kara Henderson, of Standish, Sarah Webber and her husband, Paul, of Writtle, England, Senior Airman Rachel Gamertsfelder, U.S. Air Force, of San Antonio, Texas, and Zachary Gamertsfelder of Pembroke; a sister, Susan Meisenheimer and her husband, Dean, of Creston, Iowa; two brothers-in-law, Robert Naegele of Kansas and Richard Naegele of Oklahoma; a niece and nephew, Nyssa and Nevin Meisenheimer, both of Iowa; and many dear friends. A funeral liturgy will be celebrated 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, at St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, Eastport, by the Rev. James Plourde, celebrant. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Homes, Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com.
NICHOLAS S. GAMERTSFELDER
Posted July 12, 2009, at 7:57 p.m.