BELGRADE LAKES – On January 1, 2022, Marianne K. Gee (née Mesler) took her last breath. Holding her hands were her daughter Carol and her stepdaughter Julie.Born November 5, 1930, in Morristown, New Jersey to Paul and Beatrice Mesler (née Southard), Marianne graduated from Morristown High School and married her sweetheart, William L Gee in 1951. The two lived their dreams together. They moved to Maine, built two businesses, traveled the country in an RV, wintered in Florida, and raised a dedicated family. They are fondly remembered for their unwavering affection for one another. After 57 years together, Bill passed away in 2008, Marianne by his side. Marianne opened the Village Peddler gift shop in 1974, a staple in the Belgrade Lakes community. She loved to knit and talk to everyone who walked through her door. Children remember his endless supply of candy sticks. Marianne, the “Village Peddler,” supported the years of the October Festival, Christmas Walks and 4th of July Bounce Houses, face painting and mini golf. When Marianne retired, the community honored her as the “Grand Marshall” during their July 4th parade. She rode proudly while greeting her beloved community. Marianne leaves her family and friends who adore her generosity of spirit, her warm home and her sweet and shy humor. Remember her forever: her son William (Billy) Gee and his wife Julie; her daughter Carol Noel and her husband Scott; her devoted grandchildren Paul, Starr, Heather, Matt and Bill; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. When she retired Marianne quoted Bob Hope as “Thanks for the memories” and his words: “I don’t sing, but I want you all to know how much you mean to me. And it comes straight from my heart. Friends are invited to visit from 11 am to 12:30 pm with a funeral service starting at 12:30 pm Saturday, January 8, at Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church Street, Oakland. A family and friends reunion will follow at Marianne’s in Belgrade Lakes. Spring burial will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery in Belgrade. Arrangements are in the care of Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church St. Oakland, where condolences can be shared with family on the website’s obituary page at http: // www. .familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.
A live broadcast of the funeral service will be available using the link attached.
Those who wish can make commemorative donations to the 4th of July fireworks display at the Belgrade Lakes. Belgrade Lakes Regional Trade Group, PO Box 518, Belgrade, ME 04917.