Andrea L. Juers, 73
PORTLAND -- Andrea L. Juers, 73, of Cape Elizabeth, died at Mercy Hospital on Aug. 20, 2013, after living 21 years with breast cancer
Andrea was born in Oakland, Calif., on June 1, 1940, the daughter of Anne and John Langen. The family settled in Wheaton, Md. in 1948 where she graduated from Wheaton High School in 1958. She graduated from Penn State with a BA degree in Liberal Arts in 1962. While at Penn State she met her husband of 51 years, David Juers. They were married on July 14, 1962, in Silver Spring, Md. After living three years in Appleton, Wis., where David attended graduate school, they settled in Westbrook. In 1993 they moved to Cape Elizabeth where Andrea could see her beloved sunrises to her heart's content.
In the early years of their marriage Andrea devoted her life to raising four children. She did volunteer work at the Westbrook- Warren Congregational Church and was instrumental in the creation of Community Health Services. After serving as Christian Education Coordinator at the church she became a book salesperson with Sundance Publishers, selling books to schools with a focus of teaching through literature.
In 1992 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and although she had years where she was cancer free, there were several times that she had to receive cancer treatments, the most recent being from 2010 to 2013. She became an avid participant and supporter of the Cancer Community Center, where she organized and participated in several fund raising activities. She applied her fund raising skills to the MS150, a bike ride to benefit multiple sclerosis, and to Stewardship Campaigns and auctions at the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church. In spite of her many episodes with cancer she lived life to the fullest, traveling to see family and friends and visiting many places outside the United States. She was an avid reader, writer, potter, and gardener.
She is survived by her husband, David; four children, Douglas and wife Jill of Walla Walla, Wash., Joelle and husband Mark of Wilmington, Del., Pamela of Charlotte, N.C., and Daniel and wife Jolena of South Portland; seven grandchildren, Eliza of Walla Walla, Grace of Wilmington, John and Zane of Charlotte, and Jackson, Caleb, and Norah of South Portland. Her seven grandchildren were a major joy in her life.
To honor her memory, a service for Andrea will be held at the Allen Avenue Unitarian Church in Portland at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 14. Another way to honor her memory would be to join her Cancer Community Center fund raising team, Dawn Raisers, and participate in the Fight Back Festival at Pineland on Sept. 28. Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com
to sign Andrea's guest book and to send condolences to the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Community Center or the Allen Avenue
Andrea L. Juers