ST. ALBANS and PITTSFIELD – Rose Rogan Dinsmore, 84, “The Cranberry Lady,” passed away Sept. 23, 2012, at a Dexter health care facility. She was born March 13, 1928, in Bangor, the daughter of Herbert and Mildred (Frost) Rogan.
Rose was always there to support her family and never in judgment. She loved children and encouraged imagination. Rose had a passion for helping people, especially the elderly. While in Connecticut “The Cranberry Lady” entertained children with stories she wrote. Rose owned two retail children’s clothing stores. She was once the grand marshall riding an elephant to the Hartford Civic Center where one of her stores were located. She moved back to Maine and became active in the towns planning board, Ripley girls club and politics. Rose was a SCORE councilor. She became an advocate for the elderly through AARP, Senior Spectrum, SLAC, Maine Council for Seniors, American Diabetes Association, Maine Affiliate. As the ADA Government Relations Committee chairperson she helped pass LD 1702, a bill which requires insurance companies to cover diabetes supplies and self-management training. She wrote and hosted “Senior Viewpoint” an informational television show out of Augusta. Rose enjoyed macrame, making party food, writing and this past year jewelry making.
She is survived by a daughter, Mildred McMahon and partner, James Rancourt, of St. Albans; granddaughters, Julie Rose Soucie of St. Albans, Jennifer Rogan Coffin and husband, Ryan, of Nobleboro; four great-grandchildren, Karl McDougal, Alexa, Trever and Brianna Coffin; two great-great-grandchildren, Gavin and Emellia; two brothers, Thomas Rogan and wife, Beryl, of Canada, H. James Rogan and wife, Joanne, of Florida; many nieces and nephews; and cousin, Corace and husband, Sterling Bunker, of Ellsworth; close friend, Celia Rockhill of Bangor; and good friend, Becky Lord of Corinna.
At her request there will be no services. Gifts in her memory may be made to American Diabetes Association, Maine Affiliate, 80 Elm St., Portland, ME 04101-3045, or the American Cancer Society, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086.