Cornelia Newman

Obituary of Cornelia Beal Newman

Hampden - Cornelia Beal “Von Hoofe” Newman, 85, passed peacefully September 16, 2020, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Connie was born on June 14, 1935, in Bangor, Maine, the daughter of Ralph and Elaine Beal of Ellsworth, Maine. Connie is survived by three of her four children: her daughter, Shelley Lewis and her three sons, Perry, Derek and Jason; her son, Sean Ireland and his wife, Julie, and their two daughters, Nicole and Meghan; her son, Keven Ireland and his wife, Jennifer, their two sons, Jacob and Zachary, and their daughter, Cassidy; her grandson, Casey Ireland and his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter, Quinn; her granddaughter, Mayme Ireland and her daughters, Catalina and Maleiya; and her granddaughter, Heather Spalenka. Connie is also survived by her stepson, David; her stepdaughter, Julie Vanidestine and her husband, Michael; her sister, Marion Kettell; and dear friend, Jan Blake of Winter Haven, Florida. Connie was predeceased by her husband, Harold; her sister, Frannie; her son, Ralph; her son-in-law Roger Lewis; and good friends Betty Sprague, Nona Haller, and Alice McInnis. Connie was raised by her beloved grandmother, Effie Beal, growing up in Ellsworth. She began playing the piano at a young age, and became a talented musician, sharing her love for music by playing for small audiences, at church services, and teaching her granddaughter, Nicole, to play. Connie married her husband, Harold “Pop” Newman, in October of 1983. They lived in Hampden, Maine and enjoyed entertaining family and friends by their pool. Connie enjoyed a long career in the banking industry working for over 40 years at Merrill, Fleet, and Bangor Savings Bank. She learned the business from the ‘ground up’ starting as a teller progressing through a number of positions, including loan officer, and branch manager. Banking for Connie was like her second family, as she came out of retirement in 1998 only to go back into banking working for her longtime beloved friend, Alice McInnis. In recent years, she and Harold moved to Winter Haven, Florida where they enjoyed their retirement in the sun, golfing, and socializing with friends in their community. After Harold passed, she came home to Maine to be with her family. As Connie would say quite often, “Let’s make like Gretzky and get the puck out of here” – she made her exit and left her mark on all of us. Those who wish to remember Connie in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com
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