Marjorie H. Monteleon

Southwest Harbor

12/23/1939 – 1/5/2022

The Island lost a strong, loving advocate and ally. Marjorie Helen Monteleon was taken from us suddenly on Jan. 5, 2022, at 82 years young, due to covid. She was a photographer, writer, entrepreneur, environmental advocate and philanthropist. Marjorie was a loving mother of four, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of eight. She was involved daily with her family and sacrificed for them until the end. She had a huge heart, quick mind and was unforgettable to anyone who ever met her.

From a young age Marjorie was tested by trials in her life. At 15 she found herself pregnant. Her family was in a strict fringe evangelical religion. They forced her to get married, quit school and get a GED. She vowed she would complete her education, someday. She stayed married for 30 years, supporting her family of six through hard work, ingenuity and perseverance. Her resilience and strength made her unstoppable.

Marjorie used the local library to feed her burning desire for learning. This desire helped her find her voice. Knowledge changed her perspective. She saw through the religion, stood up to her oppressive upbringing and patriarchal abusers at 45 and never looked back. She earned a diploma in 1985 from MDI High School with night classes, continuing to college. She considered this one of her greatest achievements.

For more than 40 years Marjorie used her voice to advocate for many issues and causes like the environment, veterans affairs, Native rights and food insecurity. She worked to facilitate real world changes. In 2004, she testified in Congress against the use of mercury in silver fillings. Her work with local public figures and dentists led to the first consumer protections against mercury in the country. She helped every week at the local food pantry, loading all her own food for delivery, always doing everything on her own terms. Steadfast, hardworking and strong, they affectionately called her “The Ox.”

She will be greatly missed. Her passing has created a void greater than we can realize at this present moment of our sorrow. She was predeceased by her husband, Ron Monteleon, son Preston Nietz and grandson Ian MacDonnell. She is survived by children Linda Schofield, Marcus Nietz and Adrian Nietz; grandchildren Jesse MacDonnell and wife, Heidi Hambrecht, Michael MacDonnell and wife, Piyathida MacDonnell, Ekko and Trewett Nietz. She will be missed by too many loved ones to list.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Bar Harbor Food Pantry in Marjorie’s honor. A celebration of life will be held in the summer of 2022.

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