OBITUARY

Robin T. Neal

July 6, 1957October 29, 2018
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GREENE – Robin Taylor Neal, 61, of Greene, passed away at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston on Monday, October 29, 2018 from congestive heart failure. Born in Sandusky, Ohio, July 6, 1957, to Joseph M. and JoAnn H. Taylor, Robin was raised in Milan, Ohio and graduated from Edison High School in 1975. She attended The Ohio State University and earned degrees in sociology and social studies education, graduating in 1979. It was there that she met her future husband, John Neal; after graduation she joined him in Maine and they were married in 1980. Robin worked first as a counselor at the Aroostook Mental Health Center in Limestone, and then as a high school social studies teacher at Van Buren District Secondary School. In 1983 the Neals moved to Storrs, Connecticut, where Robin received a Master’s degree in human development and family therapy in 1985 from the University of Connecticut. Returning to Maine, she worked first as a counselor for Johnson Associates and then opened her own practice in marriage therapy, culminating in her founding of the Couples Conference and Counseling Center in Auburn; she took great joy in supporting healthy relationships, and deeply valued the trust which her clients placed in her over the years. She was a member of Maine Family Therapy Association and served in several leadership roles in that organization over the years. Robin was a very capable canoeist and took many family canoe camping trips around Maine, including the Fish River Chain, the West Branch of the Penobscot, and three trips down the Allagash among many others. One of her favorite paddling destinations, however, was Center Bridge on the Androscoggin River in Turner. In more recent years, she obtained her motorcycle license and rode her Honda scooter all over Maine, the northeast and Atlantic Canada, taking multi-day trips to Montpelier, VT; Prince Edward Island; and Nova Scotia, including the famed Cabot Trail. She had completed the first leg of the “Four Corners of Maine” tour just three weeks ago. In the past two years she took up golf and enjoyed the game at Springbrook Golf Club in Leeds, where she greatly valued the friendships she made in the ladies’ league. She was a dedicated violist and loved to play music of the Baroque composers. One of her greatest joys was her grandchildren, Jaxon and Layla, and she delighted in spending time with them.

Robin is survived by her devoted husband, John Neal of Greene; daughter Leslie Mersch and son-in-law Michael Mersch of Milford, OH and daughter Allison Neal and partner Miguel Elmore of Greene; her mother, JoAnn Taylor of Leesburg, FL; her mother-in-law, Joan Neal of Auburn; two sisters, Vicki Taylor and her husband Mark Hooker of Niskayuna, NY and Kelly Monroe and her husband John Guseman of Leesburg, FL; brother Joseph Taylor and his wife Sandy of Huron, OH; brother –in-law Peter Neal and his wife Dara of Minot; grandson Jaxon Neal of Greene and granddaughter Layla Robin Mersch of Milford, OH; nieces Madison and Prim, and nephews Jonathan and Mark; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. She was predeceased by her father in 2017.

The family would like to express our sincerest appreciation and gratitude to the staff at CMMC cardiac ICU for the outstanding compassionate care which we received.You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Robin’s life by visiting her guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com

Visitation will be held at the Fortin Group, Auburn on Friday November 2 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm and a celebration of Robin’s life will be held on Saturday November 3 at 11 AM, also at the funeral home. Those wishing to make memorial donations in her memory may do so to The Maine Arts Academy8 Goldenrod #100 Sidney, ME 04330. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn, ME 04210.

  • FAMILY

  • Robin is survived by her devoted husband, John Neal of Greene; daughter Leslie Mersch and son-in-law Michael Mersch of Milford, OH and daughter Allison Neal and partner Miguel Elmore of Greene; her mother, JoAnn Taylor of Leesburg, FL; her mother-in-law, Joan Neal of Auburn; two sisters, Vicki Taylor and her husband Mark Hooker of Niskayuna, NY and Kelly Monroe and her husband John Guseman of Leesburg, FL; brother Joseph Taylor and his wife Sandy of Huron, OH; brother –in-law Peter Neal and his wife Dara of Minot; grandson Jaxon Neal of Greene and granddaughter Layla Robin Mersch of Milford, OH; nieces Madison and Prim, and nephews Jonathan and Mark; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. She was predeceased by her father in 2017.
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Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, November 2, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, November 3, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Celebration of Life
REMEMBERING

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Michelle Chasse

November 8, 2018

My deepest sympathy to Robin’s husband, children and family. I just found out today of her passing. My heart is broken. Robin had such a positive impact on my life! Her compassion and knowledge has changed my life for the better and will always remain with me! She was called home to God too soon. I wish I could have spent more time with her. She will be forever missed. God broke the mold when he created her! I will keep all of you in my prayers for the years to come. She was a true angel on Earth!! May God comfort all of you during this time of grief. ❤️🙏

Lucy Rioux

November 5, 2018

Dear John and family... I just recently heard about Robin’s passing and wanted to pass on my sympathy and condolences to all of you. I am away for a bit but will send further condolences when I return. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and heart during this very difficult time...Much love...Lucy

Frank and Emily Ellis

November 4, 2018

To the Neal Family,

Both Emily and I were shocked and saddened to learn of Robin’s passing. While our professional paths have gone in different geographic directions, I have always thought of her as a valued and trusted colleague. She will always be remembered as a dedicated and genuine therapist with tremendous vitality and compassion. The world, for those who knew her, is sadder with her passing. We can only hope the wonderful memories your family has created over these years will provide some degree of solace in this difficult time.

Bill Gould

November 4, 2018

John, Leslie, Allison, JoAnn and family,

May all the joyful memories soon over power the pain of this loss. A loss to many, given how Robin has touched so many lives. This is a great loss to our community as a whole.

Robin was known to many as the most highly skilled couples therapist in our community. I had the honor to not only be her colleague but also to have learned from her over the last eighteen years. She has been and will always be seen as one of my mentors. She modeled exceptional wisdom, strength, passion, and that delicate balance of professionalism and humanity.

John, Leslie and Allison, Robin’s celebration of her life was so nicely put together. Leslie and Allison thank you for sharing your words and love in the way you did. It was also touching to see so many of Robin’s passions represented, reminders of her stories from one adventure or another. Her stories always emphasized what she valued most, being with you, John, Leslie, Allison, her grand babies and family.

Later, after the service yesterday while walking my dog we were graced with a rainbow! For real!

Thank you Robin.

Susan Lea

November 4, 2018

I wish to extend my heart felt sympathy to the family of Robin Neal. I had the pleasure of teaching math to her two daughters at Tripp Middle School. Both Leslie (aka LJ) and Allison were delightful and talented students. I am sure their wonderful mother played a vital role in the development of two such fine young women.

Sheila Richardson

November 3, 2018

I was just thinking of Robin two weeks ago and wondered how her life had been? I was a client of hers some years back. She helped me grow in mental strength and to mature into being stronger. I remember how calm Robin's nature was and so outgoing. I did watch the video memory and see that she lived her life to the fullest and had a wonderful family. My most sincere sympathy to the Taylor Neal families; your loss is profound. But you have many great memories to comfort you all. And know that she is watching you all from her new spirit life and may that also comfort you. It seems she is gone too soon, but we never know what
God has in His plans. I also am saddened by her passing..........................Sheila Richardson, Turner, Maine

Pam, John, Shona Detillio, Taylor

November 3, 2018

I loved our Christmas's together and spending time with Robin.
She was always so kind to me. I wish the Taylor comfort in the coming days.
Shona
I remember holding Robin the day she came home from the hospital, a perfect newborn to JoAnn and Joe. Fond memories of staying with the Taylor/Huron family during my summers. I wish the family peace and comfort during this difficult time-
Pam

You will be greatly missed.
Love, Pam, John and Shona

Melissa Martin-LaVache

November 2, 2018

Mr. Neal,
Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear about the passing of Mrs. Neal. I have and always will, hold you and your family in a special place in my heart. Watching the special video tribute, it goes without saying that Mrs. Neal carries a light within and a gentle smile that lives on in Leslie, Allison and your precious grand babies! Love to you all during this difficult time, and I will keep you all in my prayers for healing and comfort.
Love, Melissa

Liz Gary Bady

November 2, 2018

I am so sad to hear the news of the loss of Robin. I knew her through Auburn United Methodist Church and from John being my daughter’s band director. She was such a special person always helping people work toward the light in life. The light of love, goodness, caring and faith. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Liz (Gary) Bady

Susan and Jim Tincher

November 2, 2018

We have such good memories of visiting with Robin many summers over the years on our annual trips to Maine. Memories of stimulating conversations, shared meals, and a trip to Reid State Park. And I had the pleasure of being a guest at John and Robin's home a couple times over the past couple years, and I will never forget what a kind and gracious host she was, making delicious food, taking walks with me, and making me feel right at home in every way.
We miss our cousin deeply.

Biography

GREENE – Robin Taylor Neal, 61, of Greene, passed away at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston on Monday, October 29, 2018 from congestive heart failure.
Born in Sandusky, Ohio, July 6, 1957, to Joseph M. and JoAnn H. Taylor, Robin was raised in Milan, Ohio and graduated from Edison High School in 1975. She attended The Ohio State University and earned degrees in sociology and social studies education, graduating in 1979. It was there that she met her future husband, John Neal; after graduation she joined him in Maine and they were married in 1980. Robin worked first as a counselor at the Aroostook Mental Health Center in Limestone, and then as a high school social studies teacher at Van Buren District Secondary School.
In 1983 the Neals moved to Storrs, Connecticut, where Robin received a Master’s degree in human development and family therapy in 1985 from the University of Connecticut. Returning to Maine, she worked first as a counselor for Johnson Associates and then opened her own practice in marriage therapy, culminating in her founding of the Couples Conference and Counseling Center in Auburn; she took great joy in supporting healthy relationships, and deeply valued the trust which her clients placed in her over the years. She was a member of Maine Family Therapy Association and served in several leadership roles in that organization over the years.
Robin was a very capable canoeist and took many family canoe camping trips around Maine, including the Fish River Chain, the West Branch of the Penobscot, and three trips down the Allagash among many others. One of her favorite paddling destinations, however, was Center Bridge on the Androscoggin River in Turner. In more recent years, she obtained her motorcycle license and rode her Honda scooter all over Maine, the northeast and Atlantic Canada, taking multi-day trips to Montpelier, VT; Prince Edward Island; and Nova Scotia, including the famed Cabot Trail. She had completed the first leg of the “Four Corners of Maine” tour just three weeks ago.
In the past two years she took up golf and enjoyed the game at Springbrook Golf Club in Leeds, where she greatly valued the friendships she made in the ladies’ league. She was a dedicated violist and loved to play music of the Baroque composers. One of her greatest joys was her grandchildren, Jaxon and Layla, and she delighted in spending time with them.
She is survived by her devoted husband, John Neal of Greene; daughter Leslie Mersch and son-in-law Michael Mersch of Milford, OH and daughter Allison Neal and partner Miguel Elmore of Greene; her mother, JoAnn Taylor of Leesburg, FL; her mother-in-law, Joan Neal of Auburn; two sisters, Vicki Taylor and her husband Mark Hooker of Niskayuna, NY and Kelly Monroe and her husband John Guseman of Leesburg, FL; brother Joseph Taylor and his wife Sandy of Huron, OH; brother –in-law Peter Neal and his wife Dara of Minot; grandson Jaxon Neal of Greene and granddaughter Layla Robin Mersch of Milford, OH; nieces Madison and Prim, and nephews Jonathan and Mark; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.She was predeceased by her father in 2017.

The family would like to express our sincerest appreciation and gratitude to the staff at CMMC cardiac ICU for the outstanding compassionate care which we received. You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Robin’s life by visiting her guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com

Visitation will be held at the Fortin Group, Auburn on Friday November 2 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm and a celebration of Robin’s life will be held on Saturday November 3 at 11 AM, also at the funeral home. Those wishing to make memorial donations in her memory may do so to The Maine Arts Academy8 Goldenrod #100 Sidney, ME 04330. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn, ME 04210.