NORMA S. HEANSSLER SUNSHINE, DEER ISLE Norma S. Heanssler, devoted wife, loving mother, proud grandmother, great-grand-mother and helping friend to all, went to sleep in Jesus, Sept. 6, 2008, at a Bangor hospital, after an unwavering battle with cancer. Born July 30, 1919, in Stonington, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Lillian (Greene) Sylvester. She graduated from McKinley High School in 1935 and the University of Maine, cum laude in 1940. She owned and operated C.E. Heanssler Lobster Co., with her late husband, Curtis Heanssler, for nearly 60 years. She continued on as bookkeeper when her son, Bruce Heanssler, took over the business, retiring in 2004. Norma was an active member of Advent Christian Church, Sunshine, for more than 65 years, serving as treasurer for many years. She set an example of love, giving and service to all who knew her. Norma enjoyed people of all ages, especially her family. She welcomed everyone into her home, always offering them something to eat. Her famous “coffee break” began in the early-60s. Throughout the years anyone stopping by her house at 9 a.m. was treated to coffee and doughnuts or something hot from the oven. She had lovely flowerbeds and grew vegetables for family, neighbors, friends and strangers. She loved nothing better than having all the family at her little cottage on the shore for picnics, dinner or a hot dog roast. She spent many hours in solitude there watching the boats in Jericho Bay from her deck. Not one to sit quietly, she took walks alone or in the company of her family. She walked in the woods or on the shore often searching for places from early island history, such as the old salt wharf at Eaton Point. She loved to walk Dunham’s Point, where as a child she joined her father on the milk route. Norma was selfless and tireless, working with her hands to help anyone in need, ever ready to cook or wash dishes for countless church dinners and other gatherings. Her ball field was available to all for sports, church picnics, Vacation Bible School activities and Kids Karnival. Norma leaves, for a time, her son, Bruce and his wife, Joanne; three daughters, Margaret Olsen and husband, Bjorn, Nancy Knowlton and husband, Darryl, and Rebecca Kent and husband, Richard. She was the proud grandmother of Christian, Eric and Robin Olsen, Jennifer Morrison, Brian, Glen and Peter Heanssler, Kelly Pratt, Heather Cormier, Matthew Knowlton, Deborah and Ellen Williams. She was a loving great-grandmother to Kristen, Lauren, Zachary and Adam Olsen, Emma and Aidan Morrison, Brandon, Douglass, Kianna, Hannah, Savannah and Cole Heanssler, Emily and Allison Cormier, Jeremy and Andrew Pratt, Abigail, Natalie and Samuel Knowlton. She is also survived by her sister, Neva Beck, many nieces, nephews and a large extended family. She was predeceased by her husband, Curtis Heanssler; her great-granddaughter, Delaney Williams; two sisters, Dorothy Carmen and Arlene Kydd; and a brother, Elwyn Sylvester. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Sunshine Advent Christian Church. Committal prayers will be afterward at Evergreen Cemetery, Sunshine. Memorial gifts may be sent to Memorial Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 387, Deer Isle, ME 04627 or the charity of ones choice. A service of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Stonington. www.bragdonkelley.com