LUBEC and OLD TOWN – Minerva I. Dinsmore, 82, died peacefully Sept. 24, 2007. She was born Dec. 13, 1924, in East Machias, the daughter of John Ingalls and Adelle Smith Ingalls. She lived in Old Town and worked as secretary to Dr. Peter Gaetani for several years and in 1982 she and Pat retired and moved back to Lubec, where they lived until 2005. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She loved playing bingo and knitting mittens and other things for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; she would be the first to say they were the “love of her life.” We’re grateful for so many things: that she was such a big part of our lives and we such a big part of hers, that she was the best teacher of all the important lessons in life, that she got to share her life, not only with her biological family, but with her “other family,” the residents and staff at the Woodlands, Brewer. She was truly happy there, thank you all for that. She loved doing puzzles and spent hours in the activity room either starting or finishing one, we hope someone will take over for her. We will be forever grateful that the day she passed she was happy. She felt good, even played bingo in the afternoon, took her daily afternoon nap and on the way to dinner, she left us the best gift of all by passing peacefully, without fear or pain, surrounded by people who truly cared for her. We all have a favorite memory and will be cherishing and sharing them and missing her forever. Our only regret is that we didn’t hug her “just a little tighter” and that she couldn’t have stayed with us “just a little longer.” She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn St. John and her husband, Matthew, of Glenburn and Marilyn St. John and her husband, Kenneth, of Bangor; a son, Delamere Dinsmore and his wife, Sharon, of Lubec; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois Ouellette and her husband, Norman, of Bolton, Conn.; a brother, Harold Ingalls and his wife, Laurie, of East Machias; a special niece, Annie Delaware and her husband, Edward, of Bradley; several other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Milton “Pat”; her parents; four sisters, Josephine, Muriel, June and Faye; and a brother, Newton. A graveside service will be announced for both Pat and Minerva at a later date. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor.