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Beth Troester

Beth Ann Troester

March 11, 1957 - October 8, 2019
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Obituary

Beth Ann Troester, 62, entered the presence of her Savior, the Lord Jesus, Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at the Sussman House in Rockport. A service to celebrate Beth’s life will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, October 20, 2019, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.

Beth was born in Moncton, New Brunswick March 11,1957, the daughter of Al and Eileen Troester joining her brother Gary and sister Karen. Those left to honor Beth’s memory include her brother Gary and his wife, Venila, their children and grandchildren; her sister Karen Wiersma and her husband, David, their children and grandchildren, as well as other members of her extended family.

When she was born her father was the pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church. In 1960 he became the academic dean and Bible teacher at the then Glen Cove Bible School and the family moved to Rockland, Maine.

Beth attended Rockland schools through the eighth grade and then attended the Glen Cove Christian Academy high school for two years. Feeling the need to be a witness for Jesus (which she faithfully did throughout her life), she transferred to the Rockland District High School, from which she graduated. She attended the New Brunswick Bible Institute for one year; however, being very artistic, she wanted to get art training along with Bible, so she transferred to Biola University in California. After graduating she attended the University of Maine where she studied Russian for two years.

Why Russian? At the age of five Beth came to an understanding of the reality that she was a sinner in need of a Savior and placed her faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. At the age of eight she saw a map of the world at a missionary conference with streamers pointing to where missionaries were located. Seeing a large area of the map without streamers she asked why, and was told that was Russia where missionaries were not allowed at that time. She determined then that is where she would go to be a missionary someday. Russians became an important part of her thinking. A Russian “factory” ship would anchor in Rockland's harbor each summer and she would take Russian Bibles out and give them out to workers on the ship. After working a variety of jobs, the day finally came when missionaries were allowed into Russia and Beth became a missionary there for eleven years. In later years when back in the states she had a knack for finding Russians.

When her mother was no longer able to care for herself due to encroaching dementia, Beth elected to stay in the States and cared for her mother for the next ten years until her death in 2018. In the time before her mother died in March 2018, Beth began to have physical issues of her own and was unable to work. In February of 2019 she began to have pains in the right side of her face which became very severe. It was learned she had a tumor on her trigeminal nerve. In July, a surgical biopsy revealed she had B-cell lymphoma. When three chemo treatments were too hard on her body it was decided to discontinue them in early September, but the pain continued to increase. After a fifth trip to the ER, on October first she was accepted by hospice and admitted to the Sussman House. After a week being wonderfully cared for, she stepped into the presence of her Savior. The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Sussman House, Rockport, for their loving care and support for Beth and her family, as well as Katherine Burchard who lived with Beth as her caregiver for two months.

A reception will follow the service at the funeral home's 104 Limerock reception center. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship, 431 Campground Road, Livermore Falls, ME 04254. To share a memory or story with Beth’s family, please visit their online Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.
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Service Details

  • Service to Celebrate Beth's Life

    Sunday October 20, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Sunday October 20, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home
    Address
    110 Limerock Street
    Rockland, Maine 04841
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  • Interment

    Monday October 21, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday October 21, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Achorn Cemetery
    Address
    Old County Road
    Rockland, ME 04841
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  • Reception

    Sunday October 20, 2019 |
    When
    Sunday October 20, 2019
    Location
    104 Limerock Reception Center
    Address
    104 Limerock Street
    Rockland, ME 04841
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    Following the service

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Victor Bondzie

Posted at 06:31pm
We just found out that Beth has passed on to be with the Lord she faithfully served. We first met Beth while we were international students at the University of Maine, Orono. We fellowshiped together with her at Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and United Baptist Church, Old Town. She was very kind to us and very supportive of all the international students, which showed her heart for christian service. We kept in contact with her even after we left Maine in 1996 and prayed with her during her illness. We are so heartbroken and lost for word to describe how we feel now. May the Lord accept her into His Presence and may she rest in peace. Victor and Cynthia Bondzie
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Ann Stone

Posted at 11:42pm
A lovely tribute to Beth’s life, in this obituary. Bob & I extend our condolences on your loss. I look forward to seeing you all next weekend & reflecting & celebrating Beth’s life. Please know that we are thinking & praying for you, as you mourn the loss of your sister, sister-in-law & aunt.
Sincerely,
Ann & Bob Stone

Amy Brandt

Posted at 06:48pm
"Aunt Beth" was a huge influence in my young life. My parents and siblings prayed for her constantly while she was in Russia, and whenever she came back to the states to visit I loved to hear her stories and see the souvenirs she had. I will always treasure the stamps, coins, and little Russian toys she brought back for me. On December 31st, 1999 while others were ringing in the new millennium with parties, I'll never forget where I was. Aunt Beth and I were on the front pew of Cornerstone Baptist Church holding hands and praying in the New Year at midnight. It was a special time I will treasure forever! I am so sorry to hear of her passing, and yet am so glad she is with our Savior worshipping Him face to face. She will forever hold a special place in my heart!
 
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Gary Troester Posted at 10:03am

Amy, if you are at the funeral please be sure to introduce yourself to us. Gary, Beth's Brother
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Miriam Abbott

Posted at 03:37pm

As a student at Glen Cove Bible School, I lived with the Troester family and was called upon to babysit the children. When Beth was led to go to Russia, I had the privilege to pray for her and her ministry. I was glad she accepted the challenge to care for her Mother and we shared experiences as caregivers. My prayers are with you, Gary and Karen and your families. May the comfort only God can give be yours at this time.

Ron Dyer

Posted at 02:10pm
Remembering my classmate Beth and hope that her passing was peaceful and that her family finds things easier in the coming days.

Ron Dyer
RDHS Class of 1975
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