BANGOR – Mary-Jane (Bates) Freese, 87, wife for 64 years, of John D. Freese, died Feb. 28, 2014, after a long illness with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born Dec. 29, 1926, in Hartford , Conn., daughter of Ormond and Margaret (Schroeder) Bates.
She was a graduate of New Britain High School and Edgewood Park Junior College. Mary-Jane was employed with Penobscot Valley Regional Planning Commission and Eastern Maine Development Corporation. She was a member for over 50 years of the Penobscot Valley Country Club, where she enjoyed golfing. She also enjoyed tennis, skiing, knitting and playing the piano. Mary-Jane was a member of the Junior League of Bangor and a member and past president of the Quipus Club. Mary-Jane could always be found at her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, and she enjoyed supporting the University of Maine teams.
Surviving in addition to her husband, are four children, Martha Shattuck and her husband, Tom, of Waterville, Betsy Mackie and her husband, John, of Orrington, Andrew Freese and his wife, Rosemary, of Veazie, and Amy Estabrook and her husband, Tim, of Orono; grandchildren, Jennifer Freese and her husband, Rafal Subernat of Hermon, Jillian Chandler and her husband, Case, of Veazie, Jeffrey Shattuck and his wife, Sarah, of Boston, Beth Shattuck of Washington, Julie Hovencamp and her husband, David, of Milford, Michelle Goody and her husband, Brad, of Orono, and Laura Tardiff and her husband, Michael, of Michigan, great-grandchildren, Lily and Wyatt Chandler, Sierra Goody, and Max and Maya Subernat.
Relatives and friends are invited to call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, where funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, with the Rev. Dr. James L. Haddix, pastor and teacher of All Souls Congregational Church, officiating. Spring interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor following the service Wednesday. Gifts in her memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME. 04074. The family would like to thank the staff at Dirigo Pines for 10 years of wonderful care of Mary-Jane. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.