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Beatrice Madeline Speirs Schulz

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Beatrice Madeline Speirs Schulz
FALMOUTH -- Beatrice Madeline Speirs Schulz passed away on Aug. 12, 2014, in the loving care of her family.
Beatrice was the oldest daughter born to James and Madeline Rolfe Speirs on Dec. 6, 1921, in Portland. She had four brothers and one sister. She grew up in the North Deering section of Portland and was a 1939 graduate of Deering High School. Beatrice attended Gray's Business School in Portland and graduated from Maine General Hospital in 1944 as a registered nurse.
After graduating, she worked as an industrial nurse at Bath Iron Works in Bath. She joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during WWII, doing basic training at Fort Devens, and was stationed at Cushing General Hospital. It was at Cushing that she met her future husband, Army Captain William John Schulz Jr. of Oswego, N.Y. He had been wounded in Cherbourg, France and was sent to Cushing for surgery and rehabilitation. Bea and Bill met at a Valentine's Day dance at the hospital, fell in love, and were married on May 3, 1945. They moved to Portland shortly after both were discharged from the Army and eventually had two daughters and a son. Together they owned Sebago Trading Post and Big Chief Moccasin in North Windham. They spent 29 wonderful and loving years together bringing up their children and having fun with family and friends. One of Bea's biggest joys in life was being with her husband and children, also her brothers and sister and their families. Most often the fun was, and continues to be at the Speirs' family camp on Little Sebago Lake.
She was strong in character and in faith and was a life-long reader and learner. Bea believed in being physically active and enjoyed walking and playing golf. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and grandmother. She loved and protected her family with a vengeance, always encouraging them to work hard, play fair, and tell the truth. Her legacy is one of strength and endurance and most of all LOVE. Bea and her siblings helped to instill in others the character which continues in the extended Speirs' family today. What a wonderful family! Fun, food, travel, games, jokes, stories, swimming, encouraging words and acts, gatherings, celebrations, photographs, empathy, lectures, discipline, and much more. What a full and enriched life Bea had. What an entertaining and caring family group this was, is, and will continue to be. Truly, LOVE has always been the wind in the family's sails.
After Bill's sudden death in 1974, Beatrice returned to work as a nurse, first at the Red Cross Blood Program in Portland and then as a staff nurse at the University of Southern Maine Health Center in Gorham. After retiring, she took up golf and traveled to Florida each winter. There she met many new friends, including Ray Stuart Bicknell of Portland. After living alone for years, they soon found that they enjoyed each other's company. For the ensuing years, they
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traveled the country with her siblings and visited many of their friends and families. It was an enriched time of life for both of them. Stuart died peacefully in 2013.
In 2005, Beatrice began a new phase in her life, living at Sedgewood Commons, an Alzheimer's assisted living facility, where she remained until her death. She met many kind and caring friends there and some have predeceased her. Many of her nieces, nephews, and grandchildren visited her there. One quiet, regular, and loving visitor was Bea's niece, Sondra (Sam) Speirs. Sondra was often accompanied by her little dogs when she visited her Auntie Bea. This was always a special time for both Sondra and Bea.
Beatrice's family would like to thank Sedgewood caregivers and Beacon Hospice caregivers for the unending patience, kindness, and love they freely gave to her. It didn't go unnoticed. Her daughters developed a lasting relationship with many of the people who live and work at Sedgewood Commons. Their lives will be ever changed due to these unexpected, but rewarding relationships.
She is survived by her three children, Linda S. Cook/Edward Savoie of Gorham, Elaine S. Desjardins /John of Bath, and William R. Schulz/Teresa of Portland. She has nine grandchildren, Jennifer Schumacher/ Michael of North Yarmouth, Stephanie Sousa/Eric of Melrose, Mass., Lynn Shea/Scott of Freeport, Kari Radasch/Ian Anderson of Westbrook, Matthew Radasch of Bronx, N.Y., Benjamin Schulz/Heather of Windham, Hannah Sirois/Chad of Gorham, Jennifer Monfa/Marcello of Shrewsbury, Mass., and Tara Hildreth/Michael of Cumberland; and 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Malcolm Speirs of San Antonio, Texas; her sister-in-law Eleanor Speirs of Portland; and many nieces and nephews, many of whom visited her at Sedgewood throughout the years. She was predeceased by her husband of 29 years, William J. Schulz Jr.; her parents, James and Madeline Speirs; brothers, James Speirs and son Richard, Robert Speirs and wife Geraldine, Donald Speirs and son Kenneth, and sister Marilyn Siegler and husband William.
There will be an hour of visitation on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 10-11 a.m., at the Dolby & Dorr Funeral Chapel, 76 State St., Gorham, where a memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Private burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Portland at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations
can be made to:
Beacon Hospice
54 Atlantic Place
South Portland, Maine 04106
or Maine
383 U.S. Rte. One, Suite 2C
Scarborough, Maine 04074

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Aug. 17, 2014
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