NEW SWEDEN – Gloria E. Ringdahl, 70, died peacefully Oct. 11, 2011, at her residence. She was born Aug. 21, 1941, in Worcester, Mass., daughter of the late William and Alice (Jacobson) Johnson.
She attended New Sweden schools and was a graduate of Caribou High School. Mrs. Ringdahl was employed by Northern National Bank and then Casco Northern for many years, retiring as a loan officer in 1991. After her retirement, she was employed in the pharmacy at Rite Aid, Caribou, for several years. Gloria was a member of Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church and was a life member of New Sweden Historical Society, serving as treasurer since 1999. She loved to knit and spend time fishing with her family. She enjoyed spending countless hours in her garden as well as canning in the fall.
She is survived by her five children, Steven Sandstrom and his wife, Sally, of New Sweden, Susan McCarthy and her husband, Mike, of Woodland, Scott Sandstrom and his friend, Merrie Ridgely, of New Sweden, Shawn Sandstrom and his wife, Hope, of New Sweden, and Simon Sandstrom and his wife, April, of Portland; four stepchildren, Cindy Peterson of Montana, Marcia Stohlberg of Caribou, Ric Ringdahl of West Gardiner and Carrie Sawyer of Gray; sister and brother-in-law, Glenis and George Orlowski of Bolingbrook, Ill.; grandchildren, Allyson Bell, Chad McCarthy, Jessie Sandstrom, Jordan Sandstrom, Chrystal Sandstrom, Brooklyn Sandstrom and Lucy Sandstrom; one great-granddaughter, Lillian Bell; two nieces, Lynn Scheimann and Lisa McLaughlin; and one nephew, William Orlowski. Mrs. Ringdahl was predeceased by her husband, Frederic "Penner" Ringdahl, in 2010.
Friends may visit with the family 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou. Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church with the Rev. Gordon Compton officiating. Interment will be at New Sweden Cemetery. After the service all are invited to a time of continued fellowship and refreshments in the church dining hall. Friends who wish to contribute in memory of Mrs. Ringdahl may do so through New Sweden Historical Society or Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.