Lewiston – Anna Bernardine Ivanisin, 98, of 27 Free St., in Lisbon Falls, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, May 8, at Marshwood Health Care Facility.

She was born in Lisbon Falls on Sept. 21, 1910, one of five children born to John M. and Anna E. (Karkos) Ivanisin. She was educated in local schools and graduated from Lisbon Falls High School with the class of 1927.

She worked in the medical field for many years as a registered nurse, but also spent a number of years in nursing administration and teaching. Her education included the Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing in Providence, class of 1931, where she was awarded the Inez Clark Lord scholarship and B.S. and M.A. degrees from the Teachers’ College at Columbia University in New York City. During her lengthy professional career, she taught nursing at R.I. Hospital School of Nursing in Providence, Geisinger Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Danville, Pa., Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing in New York City, Plattsburgh State Teacher’s College in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Delaware Hospital School of Nursing in Wilmington. While working in nursing administration, she served as assistant director for the school of nursing at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., director of Department of Nursing for Keuka College in Keuka Park, N.Y., director of Nursing at the school of nursing at South Hampton Hospital in South Hampton, N.Y., assistant director for the school of nursing at Central Maine General Hospital, (now CMMC) in Lewiston, and associate professor and assistant dean for the school of nursing at the University of Southern Maine until her retirement in 1975.

She was a past member of the National League of Nursing and the American Nurse’s Association, a member of the Maine League for Nursing and had served on the board of Nurse Examiners for Maine and Rhode Island. She was a former member of the Lisbon Falls Library Association and was a member of the Rosary Society of the former Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish, now Holy Trinity.

Among her favorite enjoyments were traveling, music and reading.

She leaves five nieces, Cathey Bienkowski and husband, Bob, of Elmira, N.Y., Margaret Frankenberger of Lisbon Falls, Sally LeBlanc of Topsham, Susan Tarbox and husband, Jack, of Bath and Anne Marie Palmer of Enfield, Conn; two nephews, Frank Anicetti of Lisbon Falls and John Ivanisin III and wife, Mary Ann, of Ledyard, Conn; 13 grandnieces and nephews; six great-grandnieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Mary Ivanisin of Enfield, Conn.

She was predeceased by three sisters, Catherine Anicetti, Margaret Ivanisin and Marion Kazimer; and by a brother, John D. Ivanisin II.

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