Rosemary Poulson


1932 – 2015

FARMINGTON — Rosemary Kennedy Poulson, 83, a resident of Chesterville, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 20, at Sandy River Nursing Home in Farmington.

Rosemary was born on Dec. 15, 1932, the youngest child of Clarence and Rose (Cosgrove) Kennedy in Elmira, N.Y. Both sides of her family came from Ireland and settled in Elmira, N.Y., where they started the Kennedy Valve Co.; whereby in 1940, the company received three maritime commission awards to manufacture eight million valves for the Victory Fleet. They also produced a very efficient hydraulic fire hydrant that continues to be in use all over the world.

Rosemary graduated from St. Peter and Paul and was valedictorian of her class at Mount Saint Vincent Academy. She graduated from the University of Maine in Farmington in 1982 and received her master’s degree from the University of Maine, Orono. In 1957, she married Thomas H. Poulson Sr. from East Orange, N.J., and together they had six children.

Moving to Maine in 1971, Rosemary owned and operated Spencer Bay Camps on Moosehead Lake in Greenville for many years. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to “Shoe String Enterprises” and her own local newspaper, the Greenville Calendar, which later became the Moosehead Messenger. She took pride in her coverage of the important issues facing the Moosehead Lake Region and had a lighter side which people might remember from her column “Newsy Notes from Madeline Moose.” She also went on to become the editor of the Franklin Journal in Farmington and a features writer for the Central Maine Morning Sentinel in Waterville.

She served as a selectman in Chesterville, chairwoman of the Franklin County Republican Party, she was a member of the Chesterville Grange, a 4-H Leader, a former member of the choir at St. Michael Our Savior in New York, former parishioner at Holy Family Catholic Church in Greenville, and Saint Rose of Lima in Jay, where she served as the regent and recording secretary of the Daughters of Isabella. She also worked for many years for Maine Catholic Charities with at-risk-youth. She was a literacy volunteer, an adult educator and taught all of her children to sing.

Rosemary opened her heart and her home to many young people in addition to her six children, often providing meals and a safe haven for them. She was a formidable woman with strong values and a quick wit and never backed down in the face of adversity. Like her name implies, Rosemary will be remembered fondly and missed by many.

Rosemary is survived by her five daughters, Stefanie, Josefa, Christine, Katherine and Margaret; and her only son, Thomas H. Poulson Jr.

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