Paula B. Knudsen

Bar Harbor

Paula B. Knudsen, 81, died June 3, 2019 in Bar Harbor. She was born May 19, 1938 in Bar Harbor, the daughter of Herman Leroy and Nelda Mildred (Soper) Blaisdell.

Paula graduated in 1956 from Gilman High School, Mt. Desert. From 1960-1963 she served in the U.S. Army as a Registered Nurse. Paula met her husband, Walter H. Knudsen Jr. while in service at Fort Bragg. They were married September 2, 1961 and moved to Seal Harbor in 1976 with their children upon Walters retirement.

Paula was employed at MDI Hospital as an RN and worked there for many years. She served on the Mt. Desert Nursing Association board of directors and also served as a visiting nurse for them. She was also a member of the MDI Zoning Board, the Seal Harbor Cemetery Association, the American Legion #107, Northeast Harbor and St. Jude Episcopal Church of Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor.

Paula loved cooking and entertaining for big family dinners. She enjoyed knitting and rug hooking and she also loved to spend time at camp on green lake. Her outdoor activities included gardening and feeding the birds.

She is survived by her children, Pamela Bell and husband Paul DuPerry of Hudson, Jennifer Tully and husband Dennis of St. Paul, MN and Curtis Knudsen Sr. of Gouldsboro; her brother, Richard Blaisdell of Bar Harbor, grandchildren; Kelsey Schmersal and husband Jeremy, Jordan Bell, Brynn Knudsen and partner Aaron Robidoux and Curtis Knudsen Jr.; great grandchildren; Blake Bell, Sadie Schmersal, Renesmae and Jase Walter Knudsen and Alijah Robidiox. She was predeceased by her husband Walter and a son, Walter H. Knudsen III.

Memorial services will be held 2:00PM Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert. Interment will be at Seal Harbor Cemetery.

Contributions in Paula’s memory may be made to the Seal Harbor Cemetery Association, c/o Steve Pinkham, PO Box 74, Seal Harbor, ME 04675.

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