JACQUELINE E. BUNKER ANDREASEN

Posted May 11, 2010, at 7:33 p.m.

BAR HARBOR – Jacqueline E. Bunker Andreasen, 79, aka Jackie Hutchins, passed away unexpectedly May 7, 2010, just two weeks before her 80th birthday, which was going to be a great celebration. We, her children, are heartbroken. Jacque was born May 21, 1930, in Bar Harbor, the daughter of Cecil and Evangeline (Norwood) Bunker. She graduated from Pemetic High School, Southwest Harbor, in 1948. In between high school and graduate school in 1989, she raised six gregarious, assertive children, all of whom she was inordinately proud. Jacque ran numerous businesses, including New Moon Health Food store in Bar Harbor, and the original Bargain Barn, Trenton. She was a landlord, dabbler in real estate and antiques and, at one time, owned Balance Rock Cottage. She went on to earn her master’s degree in education from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1989, and had a private practice in family and mental health counseling in Bangor. She loved flowers, owned a horse, traveled to Germany, Holland and France, and enjoyed playing Scrabble and cards. She was an avid reader and a gifted writer of fiction. Her short story, The Visit, was published in Echoes, the Northern Maine Journal. The Visit is part of a collection of stories she wrote about growing up in Seal Cove in the 1930s and 1940s, which will be published under the title Down the Creek. Jacque had a sharp wit and a quick turn of phrase, entertaining all from her intended audience of family and friends to the odd passerby, with her witty comments, unabashed comebacks and hilarious stories. Her dear, tired, little human body has left us abruptly and left us bereft, but in spirit she was – and always will remain, of this we are certain – a sprite, a timeless, ageless, mischievous, irreverent, much beloved imp. She is survived by her six children, Jay Hutchins and his wife, Carol Studenmund, Bobbie Lynn Hutchins and her partner, Terry Maddatu, Suzanne Hutchins Becque and her husband, Bruce Becque, Brent Hutchins and his wife, Vicki Salsbury, Jonathan Hutchins and his wife, Lucie Ndzana Hutchins, and Urban Hutchins and his partner, Austin Kampmann; her former husband, Sabin Hutchins and his wife, Gloria; her siblings, Tinker Bunker, Elaine Strout and Paul Andreasen; half siblings, Sterling Bunker and Ethel “Pixie” Bishko; cousin, Sandra Murphy; beloved granddaughters, Oka Hutchins, Danielle and Marcelle Hutchins, Averi and Elien Becque; and her dear cats, Wednesday and Nellie. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Friday, May 14, at St. Saviour’s Church, Bar Harbor. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Faith in Action, 125 State St., Ellsworth, ME 04605.

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