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Dorothy Sainio

Dorothy Anna Sainio (Ripley)

Sunday, April 3rd, 1932 - Saturday, November 14th, 2020
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Dorothy Sainio

Dorothy (Ripley) Sainio died in Bangor, Maine, on November 14, 2020, with her family surrounding her. She was born on April 3, 1932, in Washington, Maine to Myrtle (nee: Grinnell, later Kirkpatrick) and George Ripley. She is survived by her husband of almost 70 years, Henry Sainio, a daughter, Susan Edwards and two grandchildren: Hilary Clark and Gregory Edwards, a sister, Evon Letourneau, three brothers, Terence Kirkpatrick, Eugene Kirkpatrick and Kevin Kirkpatrick and many other close family members.

Dorothy, a retired teacher, taught in one room schools, including South Liberty and Burkettville, the Palermo Grade School and served as acting principal at Prescott Memorial School in Washington. Dorothy served as first select person of Washington for over ten years and was instrumental in developing the first tax maps and full assessment of town property. Until recently, she was on the appeals board.

She was an avid volunteer and leader throughout her life. She taught Sunday School at the South Liberty Baptist Church and was the first woman deacon at the Washington Village Church. She served as master of the Evening Star Grange for many years and was instrumental in raising the funds and renovations to preserve the Grange Hall. Under her competitive leadership, the Grange took numerous Blue Ribbons at the Union and Windsor Fairs for their agricultural displays. Dorothy was active in the Ladies Guild, the PTA, the Washington Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, and was leader of the Washington 4-H Club for many years. The 4-H club restored the Nelson-Butterfield Cemetery and opened the town park on Crystal Lake under her guidance.

Dorothy was also instrumental in the founding of the Gibbs Library and was an active board member for many years. She helped to establish the Minnie Weaver Scholarship Fund and was still writing letters to raise funds the week before her death. She was always willing to help, including planning retirement parties, special events, such as the Washington Sesquicentennial, catering weddings for special friends and food and toy baskets.

She could tame any animal and calm any baby, but she was fearless. Dorothy shot a deer from her back door, drove a tractor, and helped manage a farm. She was the seventh teacher in a year when she took over the 7th and 8th grade at Prescott-Memorial, (the immediate previous teacher suffered a mental breakdown from the difficult students). She not only stayed, students from that class came up to her (until her death) thanking her for her work. Dorothy led a teacher’s strike when the teachers went without pay for months and quit her job in a coffeeshop in Alabama when she was scolded for serving a black gentleman. She had her idea of what was right and was willing to fight for it. She won her battle against Wegener’s Granulomatosis in the 80s and spent the last ten years fighting and winning her battle against kidney disease. For the past year, she self-administered home dialysis on a daily basis. DaVita Dialysis, Winterberry Heights, Northern Lights Hospice and her niece, Karen Boynton, are to be commended for their wonderful assistance.

Dorothy will be missed by her family and her town. A memorial service will be held at a later date (after COVID). Donations may be made to the Minnie Weaver Scholarship Fund, att: Hazel Kopishke, 471 Liberty Rd. Washington, ME 04574 or Gibbs Library, PO Box 348, Washington, ME 04574, in her honor.
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Ted Andrei

Posted at 07:21pm
Dorothy taught me so much during the 45 years I knew her. I learned to watch Henrys eybrows when she spoke to me; wealth of information there! She never pulled any punches, (at least with me) but I always walked away a smarter man after dealing with her. Dorothy, I am truly going to miss you and will try not to embarrass your legacy by being a knucklehead. Love...Ted Andrei.

Pat (Johnston) Kukachka

Posted at 04:56pm
So sorry to hear, and my sympathies to the family. I remember Dorothy (Mrs. Sainio to her students) fondly. Dorothy was my teacher in 7th and 8th grades and I think of her often when something she taught us pops into my head. Not just bookwork, she taught us a variety of things, like differences in cultures and families, fairness, and acceptance.

Charlotte Henderson

Posted at 07:03pm
We are so very sorry to learn of Dorothy's passing. She (and Henry, always by her side) was a very accomplished woman, loving parent and relative, true and faithful friend, good neighbor and volunteer with limitless energy and determination. As she grew older, her body didn't always cooperate but she stayed devoted to all that's good and right. If you didn't know for sure what that was, Dorothy was able to tell you with honesty and conviction sprinkled with good humor. She will be sorely missed in our community. Our love and encouragement to out to Henry and Sue. Doro, thanks for letting me nickname you. I'll never forget you. Charlotte Henderson and Jere Davis

Brenda Malone Posted at 11:15am

I was sad to hear of her passing. She was the best Aunt ever. We hold dear so many wonderful memories of the visits with Dorothy and Henry during our summer vacations to Maine and the times they came to Florida to visit my parents. She will be so very missed by me and my family. Loved her so much.

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