Margaret L. Lenfestey

Feb 15, 2021
Margaret Lenfestey

Rockland — Margaret L. Lenfestey, 92, entered her heavenly home Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at her home in the care and love of her family.

Born in Addison, Dec. 7, 1928, she was the daughter of R. Maynard and Florence Worcester Gray Sr. She attended local schools.

On Aug. 12, 1948, she married Chester E. Lenfestey at Jonesport, beginning a marriage that would be an example of love and commitment, ultimately becoming a model to be emulated by their six children and 39 offspring.

The Lenfestey’s made their home at Beals Island until moving to Jonesport in 1953. While raising her family, Margaret worked raking blueberries, packing sardines and  as a cook for more than 10 years at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Jonesport.

Except for living in Glen Cove from 1970 to 1977, they made their home in Jonesport, until moving to Rockland in 2002 after Mr. Lenfestey suffered a stroke.

They found their new home at the Methodist Home, where Mrs. Lenfestey personally cared for her husband more than seven years until his passing Sept. 23, 2009. She continued residence there until her death and was grateful for the friendships and camaraderie she enjoyed with her neighbors and staff.

Always the consummate homemaker, her greatest love was family. Her door was always open and her family now tells of large, wonderful family gatherings for the holidays at the Lenfesty’s Jonesport home, making that a special place.

She loved playing Bingo and taught her grandchildren how to play various card games.

Other than her parents and husband, Mrs. Lenfestey was predeceased by two brothers Ralph Gray and Kenneth Gray, and sister Beatrice Huntley Urquhart.

She is survived by six children and their spouses Chester E. Lenfestey Jr. and Lois K. of Belgrade, Ralph Lenfestey and Gail of Warren, Lillian Jones of Thomaston, Craig Lenfestey of Gardiner, Beatrice Dodge and Clinton Jr. of Rockland, Terra Ripley and Wayne of Warren; 14 grandchildren and their spouses Laurie Roddy and Michael, Ralph Lenfestey and Toni, Ricky Jones and Christienne, Michelle McNeilly and Josh, Jared Lenfestey and Abrielle, Matthew Lenfestey and Carlyn, Jeffrey Lenfestey, Leah Mims and Michael, Kimberly Danforth and Michael, Joanna Starkloff and Eric, Greg Jones and Hannah, Clinton Dodge III, Laura Dodge and Chelsea Ripley.

She also leaves behind 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; three sisters Dorothy Alley of Ellsworth, Joanne Rathbun of Ft. Meyers, Fla. and Norma Milam of Zephyr Hills, Fla.; many nieces and nephews, as well as many beloved extended family.

Margaret’s family extends a special thank-you to her neighbors and staff at the Methodist Conference Home.

No services will be held at his time. Spring interment will be at West Rockport Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Meals On Wheels, MCH, 46 Summer St., Rockland ME 04841.

To share a memory or story with Margaret’s family, visit their online Book of Memories at bchfh.com.

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