BAR HARBOR – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Geneva “Jean” Lounder, 88, passed away in the early morning hours of Jan. 3, 2014, at MDI Hospital after an extended illness. She was born May 23, 1925, in Columbia Falls, to George and Blanche (Allen) Cummings.
Her siblings now deceased included Virginia, Stella, Francis, Delmont, and George Jr. “Frankie.” At an early age, Geneva’s parents both passed away. Her grandparents then raised her until the time of their death at which time she lived with her Aunt Ruth. Geneva attended school in Columbia Falls; fell head over heels in love with the boy with the big blue eyes, married and raised five children. She thoroughly enjoyed her time spent working as a nurse’s aide at several of the local nursing homes in Bar Harbor caring for the elderly. It was during this time that she met her best friend Dottie who became part of the family. Geneva’s journey through life was not without hardship having endured family loss at an age when she was too young to understand, the hard times of raising a family during World War II, the loss of a home to a fire a few days after Christmas and watching her only son go off to serve in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. The result of the hard times made her into the survivor that she was and she never failed to let her children know that while times may be tough, there were others in the world who were less fortunate. She would often go without to make sure that someone else was taken care of. Geneva was a gifted writer of poetry and short stories and was an avid reader. With reading, she was able to travel to many faraway places without leaving the comfort of her favorite chair. If you ever asked her a question of an historical event, you were sure to get a full history lesson on the subject. She loved watching sports and of late enjoyed watching the Gator Boys. Her beautiful penmanship would often bring comments from others as to how beautiful her writing was. Among a list that is too long to mention, her daughter Linda will miss her reading buddy, her daughter Sharron will miss the many trips to Hannaford and her daughter Becky will miss the many phone calls made to her mother while in her travels. Daughter Susan will miss the history lessons! Over the past few years as an illness took its toll on her body, her mind did not fail her. She was in the moment to the end. When heaven’s door opened, the bell rang. It is a Wonderful Life! Her family and friends will miss not only her presence, but also her spunk and spirit. She will remain in their hearts forever.
In addition to her husband Frank, Geneva was predeceased by one son, Chester; great-granddaughter, Cassandra; son-in-law, “Big” John; great-great-grandson, Peyton; and her feline companion, Tomba. Geneva is survived by four daughters and son-in-laws, Rebecca and Allen Crocker of Crestview Fla., Sharron and Wilbur Watson of Hermon, Linda and Dean Roy of Roy, Utah, and Susan and Harold Paulsen of Bar Harbor; granddaughters and spouses, Sherry and Neal Williams, Jeanie and Aaron Campbell, Karen Sperry, Rani-Sue and Jim Horrocks, and Brianna Amitrano; grandsons and spouses, Allen (Dusty Crocker), Jason Crocker, Johnny and Kim Armitage, Wyman and Robin Sue Tapley, Zachary and Heather Roy, Zeb Lounder, and Benjamin and Angela Paulsen; great-grandchildren and spouses, Tracey, Kristy, Rebecca, Harley, Sebastian, Zander, Sasha, Nicholas, Adam, Jamie-Lynn and Joseph, Millie, Joseph, Grissom, Alex, Sierra, Bodie, Tia, Nora and Elias; great-great-grandchildren, Rylan, Ryanna, Maley, Gunther and Jace; extended family, friends and caregivers, Beverly, Jerry, Debbie, adopted hospital granddaughter, Michelle, Marilyn, Kevin “Tiny,” Ryan, Lindsay, Nicholas, Logan, Luke, Carter, the entire staff at MDI Hospital, Bar Harbor Paramedics and the residents and staff of Rodick Lorraine.
Those who wish may make a donation to MDI Hospital, 10 Wayman Lane, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Spring interment will be at the Veterans Cemetery in Augusta. Arrangements by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Ellsworth.