Myrna Wierenga


Myrna Wierenga, 81, of Ellsworth passed away in the early morning on Monday, Dec. 4. Born in 1936 in Brooklyn, N.Y., in her youth, Myrna lived a colorful urban life. She went to Beatnik poetry readings and worked as a secretary on Madison Avenue in the height of the Mad Men era. In the early 1960s, she finally settled down and had three children in New York City before beginning her escape to New England, where she bore her fourth child. For many years, she was a homemaker in Massachusetts, tirelessly dedicating her boundless energies to her four children while working as a teacher’s aide and an administrative assistant at several local companies. Seeking a still further escape from New York, she and her second husband moved to Bar Harbor and ultimately settled in Ellsworth.

Myrna spoke often of the openness and generosity of the people of Maine and enjoyed every minute of her time in the area, whose natural beauty and down-to-earth inhabitants were a constant source of happiness for her. Myrna was a live wire, with a sparkle in her eye until her final days, always full of energy and ready to give whatever she could at a moment’s notice, no questions asked. She loved, and she was loved by many, and will be missed by all who knew her.

Myrna is survived by her brother Martin, who also migrated from Brooklyn, to Blue Hill; by her children Philip, Elliot, Madelyn and Adam; and by eight grandchildren who she loved most of all.

In keeping with Jewish tradition, a funeral service and burial was held on Dec. 5 in Massachusetts. A memorial service for her friends in Maine is planned for the summer.

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