Gladys Dornfeld Sawyer


Gladys Dornfeld Sawyer, 95, passed away Aug. 14, 2022, peacefully after a brief illness. According to her wonderful caregiver, Marlene, “she left this world on a big clap of thunder.” Gladys was born June 28, 1927, in Bar Harbor, the beloved daughter of Thelma (Gott) and Friedrich “Donny” Dornfeld.

She grew up in McKinley, now known as Bass Harbor, and went to the McKinley Grammar School and then on to Pemetic High School in Southwest Harbor. Gladys had many fond memories of growing up with brothers Bill and Paul and her best friend Esther. After she married, she moved to Bernard, where she lived for the past 70 years.

Gladys led a full life surrounded by her loving family and many lifelong friends. She had the “gift of gab” and loved talking to anyone. She had a smile for everyone she met and was well known for her delicious hot milk cakes and her peanut butter fudge, which she generously shared during the holidays.

Gladys’s family meant everything to her. Besides her daughters, Linda and Felice, Gladys had three wonderful grandsons and six great-grandchildren. She also had a very special niece who took her shopping and out to lunch regularly — two of her favorite things.

For many years Gladys worked in the sewing room at The Hinckley Co. She was a member of the Eastern Stars and the Tremont Consolidated Church.

She is survived by her daughters Linda Musson and Felice Janes (George); three grandsons Noel (Mary), Jeremy (Margs) and Garric Worcester; six great-grandchildren: Caroline, Meredith and Nat Musson, Lena and Carter Musson and Sawyer Worcester; and several nieces and nephews. Gladys was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence, her parents, her two brothers and a beloved son-in-law, Terry Musson.

There will be a celebration of life on Sept. 11, 2022, at Thurston Lobster Pound, 9 Thurston Road, Bernard, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Total Care Solutions, 625 South Road, Holden, ME 04429.

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