- About Us
Mary StaabSeptember 7, 1931 ~ May 22, 2017 (age 85)
Jefferson – Mary L. Staab, 85, of Jefferson, Maine passed away Monday 5-22-2017 at the VA Togus Hospice. She was born in Jefferson on September 7, 1931, the daughter of Bryan M. and Eleanor Kate Dufresne Hodgkins.
She graduated from Waldoboro High School as Valedictorian, and from Gates Business College in Augusta. She was a US Airforce Veteran, her basic training was in New York and the final stop of her duty was in Hawaii; she was the first female radio operator in the Pacific Theatre. She met and married her husband George A. Staab in 1953 shortly after they met. After her honorable discharge from the service, they first moved to Maryland, then lived in New Jersey for 4 years. In 1962, they moved back to Jefferson where they lived together for many years until his death in 1985. They owned and operated many successful businesses together.
Mary was very active in her community. She started the Jefferson Village School Library, was a Cub Scout Leader, and a member and Treasurer of the First Baptist Church. She also knit baby afghans for every one of her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.
She is survived by her partner of 30 years, Michael McCormick, her son Robert Staab and his wife Peggy Staab of Gorham, her daughter, Valerie Chipman and her husband Jeff Chipman of Lisbon, and her daughter, Kathleen Staab of Jefferson.
She is also survived by her grandchildren: Larissa Smith and her husband Chuck Smith, Colin Staab and his girlfriend Casey Loftis, Marielle Chipman and her boyfriend Will Jacobs, and Erica Staab. She is survived by two great grandchildren, Cohen and Gabrielle and Jordan.
She took great joy in participating in the lives of Mike’s seven children, 14 grandchildren and his brand new great granddaughter. Mary and Mike traveled extensively together and she was able to go on her dream vacation to the Mississippi River.
She leaves behind her siblings Gertrude Hodgkins, Adele Suga, and Bryan T. Hodgkins, and her many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents, brothers Weston and Lloyd Hodgkins, her husband George and her daughter Deborah Anne Staab.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday, May 24 from 6-8 at Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, Me. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 1:00 at The First Baptist Church in Jefferson. Burial with military honors will follow in the Hodgkin’s Family Cemetery, Jefferson.