Elisabeth  Bohndell

Elisabeth Bohndell

Monday, October 6th, 1919 - Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
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ROCKPORT……………….Elisabeth “Betty” P. Bohndell, age 99, and a 76 year resident of Rockport, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Born in Leutershausen, Germany, Betty came to the United States in 1935. Shortly after her arrival, Betty secured employment with the Walter Wolf family in Philadelphia caring for their children. She soon became part of the family and lifelong friends, traveling in the summers to Rockport, where she met Henry F. Bohndell. They were married on November 7, 1942 and together, they continued the successful family business, E.S. Bohndell Sails, until their retirement in the early 1980’s.
Betty welcomed everyone into her home with genuine warmth and caring. Her specialty was her famous apple cake, made with her special recipe. She was a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church in Camden and was an enthusiastic volunteer, ready to take on new challenges.
Beloved wife of the late Henry F. Bohndell, Betty was predeceased by her brother, Robert, her sister, Martha, and niece, Ortrud Meinhardt. She is survived by her sister, Erika Miltner; devoted nephew, Fr. Helmut Miltner; nieces and nephews, Christa Weber, Annemarie Kunkel, Robert Allgeier, Elisabeth Brand, and their extended families in Germany, Barbara Horan, David Thomas, Emily Meehan. Special acknowledgement and gratitude to her many dear friends and caregivers) including Pat and John Gibbons, Maureen O’Donnell, Annie Appleton, Nancy Boylan, JoAnn Kiaune, Gerd and Donna Hasal, Connie Milliken, Grace Stearns, Patty McGowan, the Young family and devoted neighbors, Carl Mahoney and the Moro family.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Betty at Our Lady of Good Hope Church, 7 Union Street, Camden at 11:00 am on Monday, March 11, 2019, followed by a reception in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Betty’s memory to
Our Lady of Good Hope Women’s Club, 7 Union Street, Camden 04843; St. Bernard’s Soup Kitchen, 7 Union Street, Camden 04843; or to the Youth Sailing Program c/o Rockport Boat Club, PO Box 254, Rockport, ME 04856.
Spring burial will be in Amesbury Hill Cemetery in Rockport.
Condolences may be shared at www.longfuneralhomecamden. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, May 18th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, May 18th, 2019 11:00am
    Amesbury Cemetery
    Pleasant Street
    ROCKPORT, ME 04856
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  • Interment

    Amesbury Cemetery
    Pleasant Street
    ROCKPORT, ME 04856
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Corey Stone

Posted at 10:42pm
Seeing Betty was one of the draws of visiting my parents during their retirement years in Rockport. Before that, Henry and Betty's kitchen was always a welcoming place for a visit. There was Henry's iron-grip handshake and Betty's gummy bears and any number of baked confections she produced in a seemingly endless stream--a material reflection of her warmth and generosity. In our house we still have numerous indestructible Bohndell Bags that Betty made and that were among my mother's favorite gifts. During their long respective widowhoods, my mother and Betty doted on each other and probably talked weekly at least. She helped teach Mom how to age with grit and grace. I'm lucky and grateful that our family was graced by her many kindnesses and for about as long as I can remember. Her memory will be a blessing.

Martha Brower

Posted at 04:31pm
Betty inspired me to cross "Knife's Edge" up at Baxter State Park because she had done it many years ago. What a wonderful woman. Rest in Peace, Betty.

Charles W. Chamberlain

Posted at 09:04am
I met Betty and Henry when they gave me my first regular job after moving to Maine in 1971; washing sails for the winter. The hand washing on the big A frame on the ground floor of the sail loft was easy, the hard part was getting a large wet genoa or main sail hung up to dry with clothes pins on the clothes line in the back yard before the sail froze solid! On particularly cold days, Betty would take pity on me and invite me into the kitchen for a cup of hot coffee and a gummy bear between sails.
Henry was the overseer of the sail loft, walking the floor making sure seams were properly laid out, stitching properly done, always telling stories and keeping the crew entertained. Betty was the bottom line. Nothing went in or out of the loft without her knowing and being sure that all jobs were properly recorded and billed. Betty and Henry were a team, perfectly matched for their family business. Betty will be missed by all who had the good fortune to be included in her long and productive life.
Thank you Betty for being you.
Charlie Chamberlain

Annie Updegrove

Posted at 05:23pm
I was one of Betty's "kids", and Betty & Henry played important roles in my life, and in the lives of my siblings and their families. They were there for all of the major milestones in my life: graduations from high school and nursing school and my wedding to my husband Bill in California. I will miss Betty's beautiful smile, her laugh and the birthday cakes she made for me when I came home to Maine each summer. Rest in peace my dear "other mother"
Annie May "Young" Updegrove

Bohndell Sails

Posted at 11:58am
Betty! My childhood memories of you involve the very special bags of Haribo gummy bears you would bring straight from Germany. However, the best gummy bears came from the open bags you'd keep in your kitchen that were typically a bit stale... these were my favorite! It makes me smile to remember these moments between us. Thank you for always welcoming me in your home with a hug. Your nurturing disposition made an impact on me that I won't soon forget. Warm wishes to your friends and family as I know you were deeply loved.

Bohndell Sails Posted at 12:00pm

Oops, this comment was from me personally, Robin Chace Payson. Not sure how to edit the name now, thanks.

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