Gladys R. Eastman
Rockland — Gladys R. Eastman, 87, died peacefully, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Pen Bay Medical Center, following a period of declining health.
Born June 25, 1926, in Bliss, N.Y., she was the youngest of seven brothers and sisters born to George and Clara Sanford Webster. Educated in western New York, Gladys graduated high school there.
Moving to Maine in 1945 she worked for several years at Holmes Packing Company. Gladys later began employment with Van Baalens, working her way up to supervisor, retiring after 30 years.
In 1972 Gladys married Paul Eastman in Rockland. Together they made their home in Rockland where Mr. Eastman operated Eastman’s Barber Shop on Main Street for many years. Before Mr. Eastman retired in 2007, Gladys spent many hours assisting him at the shop with daily duties.
Gladys loved dancing, listening to her husband in his barber shop quartet, going to the Elks Club and playing cards. One of her favorite pastimes was picking dandelions, keeping track of how many she picked each year.
Gladys also loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Predeceased by her husband in 2008, Gladys is survived by her son Donald Nelson and his wife Laura of Montrose, Pa.; her step-children, Martin Eastman and his wife Robin of Suffield, Conn., Leslie Eastman, Gary Eastman both of Norwich, Conn., and Patricia Suraci and her husband Richard, of Hamden, Conn.; grandchildren, Douglas Nelson and his wife Victoria, Adam Nelson and his wife Jordan, Daniel Nelson; step-grandchildren, Gretchen, Samuel, Katherine Eastman, Timothy, Emily and Amy Suraci; great-grandchildren, Jade Nelson, Dante Nelson, Domenic Nelson, Oren Nelson; step-great-grandson, Domenic Vonaa; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 170 Route One, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105, or Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.
To share a memory or condolence with Gladys’ family, please visit her Book of Memories at bchfh.com.