Edith A. Harman
Edith A. Harman, 93, of Waterville, Maine, formerly of Pinehurst, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Mount St. Joseph’s Nursing Facility, in Waterville, following a brief illness.
Known as “Mormor” to all who loved her, Edith was born Oct. 25, 1917, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Swedish immigrants Torgny and Maria Jakobsson Anderson. She attended Girls’ Commercial High School and Brown’s Business College, graduating in 1934. She married Eric Harman in 1937; they were married almost 57 years, until his death in 1994.
After Eric was drafted in 1944, she went to work for AT&T in Manhattan. She began her professional career as a special typist and eventually became the statistical supervisor, with a work force of 28, in charge of all presentation typing for the company.
Upon retiring in 1976, they moved from Bergen County, N.J., to Pinehurst, where they enjoyed entertaining family and friends, when they were not traveling. In 2000, Edith moved to Granite Hill Estates, in Hallowell, until a fall in December 2010 resulted in her failing health.
Edith was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of New Jersey from November 1962 until her passing. She was also an active member of the Telephone Pioneers for many years.
She is survived by four daughters, Arlene Van Saders, of Freehold, N.J., Diane Adamo, of Pinehurst, Trina Hansen and husband, John, of Park Ridge, N.J., and Elvira Gastaldo and husband, Robert, of Winslow, Maine; one sister, Margaret Hope and husband, Bob, of Florida; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Upon Edith’s request there will be no services. Her request is to have both her and Eric’s remains placed in Gamleby, Sweden, to rest with her mother and grandmother.
Words cannot express enough thanks to Pam and Michele, of Beacon Hospice, for all their compassion, and the fantastic caring staff at Mount St. Joseph’s.
Memorials may be made to Beacon Hospice/Lighthouse Foundation, 45 Commerce St., Suite 12, Augusta, ME 04330; or Mount St. Joseph’s, 7 Highwood St., Waterville, ME 04901-5797.
Arrangements are under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine, Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast, Maine.