Julia Shores Hahnel


1927 – 2016

AUBURN — Julia Shores Hahnel, 88, of Schooner Estates, Auburn, died peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 2. 

Julia was born in Winslow on Oct. 28, 1927, the youngest child of Helen Patterson Shores Savage and Everett Elhanan Cook Shores. She was predeceased by her devoted husband of 62 years, Oscar R. Hahnel Jr. on Sept. 2, 2012. They spent their married lives working, contributing to the community and raising four children.

Julia was the beloved mother of three daughters and two sons, Adria Elaine Hahnel of Lewiston, Elizabeth Anne Hahnel (deceased 1958), Karen Ann Hahnel, wife of Jonathan W. Smith, of Monmouth, Alan Richard Hahnel, husband of Donna (Figurski), of New Gloucester, and Mark Oscar Hahnel of Lewiston. She was proud of her four grandchildren, Augusta, Elizabeth and Jesse Hahnel and Eric H. Smith. 

Julia is predeceased by sisters, Ferne Robinson, Cataumet, Mass., and Louise Johnson, Denver, Colo.

Julia graduated from Winslow High School in 1945 and the University of Maine, Orono, in 1949. She met her loving husband, Oscar, at UMO upon his return from World War II and married him in 1950 in Lewiston. Julia was an avid reader, gardener, seamstress and active community member. She volunteered as a Girl Scout leader and a Cub Scout den mother. She served on the board of directors for numerous years with the Woman’s Literary Union, the University of Maine Alumnae Club and the YWCA where she was active in raising funds for the construction of the YWCA pool on East Avenue. Julia volunteered her time to help children learn to read at Longley School’s Read-in program for many years and was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church in Auburn.


Julia is to be remembered for her devotion to family, her innate kindness, her joyful nature and her commitment to the Lewiston community.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Julia’s life by visiting her guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.