Marilyn Gail Handel

Mount Desert and Bowling Green, Va.

June 7, 1949 – June 27, 2022

Marilyn Gail Handel, 73, of Mount Desert Island and Bowling Green, Va., left the body on June 27, 2022, unexpectedly, and peacefully.

She was born to her adoring parents, George and Ruth (Jacobs) Hershenson, in Brookline, Mass., on June 7, 1949, and raised in Sharon, Mass. She was predeceased in 2002 by her deeply loving husband of 21 years, Richard W. Handel, and now they are reunited in God.

Marilyn was loved by a wide circle of friends and family. She was a successful businesswoman, a gold and silversmith, and owner of Bar Harbor Goldsmiths, Eden Rising and Halcyon. She and Richard previously owned the Mayfair Mall block in downtown Bar Harbor for years.

Marilyn was an initiate of the Science of Spirituality. She was actively, closely and lovingly involved in the life of this group. She was devoted to her meditation teachers, Masters Rajinder Singh, Darshan Singh and Kirpal Singh.

Marilyn was a world traveler, discovering many peoples, cultures, faiths and places around the globe. Especially meaningful were her many spiritual journeys to India. She loved going on adventures, reading mysteries, gardening, spending time in nature and being in the presence of her beloved family and many friends. She had a youthful spirit that always bubbled to the surface.

Marilyn graduated from Syracuse University. She was a healer, a certified practitioner of the Emmett Technique, and of Bowen. Early on she studied acupuncture. During the last several years she operated “Handel Haven,” a bed and breakfast, from her home on Mount Desert Island.

She is remembered as a woman of calm strength and practical wisdom with genuine interest and delight in others. She was faith-filled, hard-working, creative, well organized, joyous and a devoted friend you could count on. Marilyn was always thinking of others. We will all miss her rich humor and cheerful, lilting laughter.

She leaves her sister, Sandra Ginsburg-Hershenson, nieces Terri Lopez, Meredith (Justin) Lacaillade and Jenny (Tim) Carpenter; her nephews Richard (Mia) Wylde and Kris Handel; her sisters-in-law, Susan (Dave Sundelin) Handel, Sally (Alan) Wylde and Martha Handel; and her brother-in-law Robert (Starr) Handel. Also missing her are her nine great-nieces and nephews and four great-great nephews and niece, along with so many wonderful friends.

Private memorial services will be held at the discretion of the family. Condolences may be expressed at



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