Dorothy Woodward Rissel

Posted May 21, 2014, at 6:32 p.m.

BANGOR – Dorothy Woodward Rissel, 89, mother, wife, passed away May 17, 2014, at the Maine Veterans” Home, B Unit, in Bangor. She was born March 13, 1925 in Coatesville, PA, the daughter of J. Ira and Florence (Pusey) Woodward.

After she graduated from Coatesville High School she attended Hahnemann University Hospital nursing program. After marrying Norman in 1947, he and Dorothy raised five children in West Chester, PA moving to Maine in 1973. While in Maine they lived in Penobscot, Brooklin, Eddington and Bangor. Dottie was active in each community volunteering at the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Four Town Nursing, and a library in every town where she lived. She loved making lampshades, collecting antiques, and when she couldn’t find someone to fix chairs, she taught herself to cane chair seats. She was also a licensed Realtor in the Blue Hill area. She was happiest with a cat on her lap and a dog at her feet while she read a good book or knitted.

She was predeceased by her husband, Norman; daughter, Cherie Mills; sons, Robert and Douglas; and brother, Robert Woodward. She is survived by son, Jeff of Santa Barbara, CA; son, Todd and daughter-in-law, Jane and his children, Graham and Sylvia of Newmarket, NH; grandson, Adam, his wife, Tracey and children, Gavin, Doug and Cherie of Houston, TX; sister, Gladys Ewing of Orrington, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins in Maine, Pennsylvania and Texas. She was wonderfully cared for by the staff at Maine Veterans’ Home for three years offering her a life of dignity and compassion.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org or the Bangor Humane Society, 693 B Mt. Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401 or bangor humane.org. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer.

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