OBITUARY

Karen Wertman

September 13, 1961April 17, 2018
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Karen Wertman, 56, of Sabattus, died at home, surrounded by family, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 after battling against Glioblastoma Multiforme for more than 3 years. She graduated from Lisbon High School in 1979, where she was an All-Star softball player. While a senior in high school, she started work at C&G Auto Parts in Lisbon Falls, and became manager of the store that later became Steego, CarQuest and now, Advance. In her 37 years at this job, she worked hard to provide excellent customer service and felt that the employees and customers were more like friends and family. She missed the daily interactions with her 'buddies' when she was forced to stop work due to illness.

Her interests were many, including: photography, gardening, crafting, rock hounding, the Red Sox, Patriots, and the ocean, where she spent countless hours searching for heart stones, shells and trying to capture the perfect photograph of a crashing wave. She loved to travel and was especially proud of having visited all 50 of the US states. In her travels, she enjoyed checking out the 'road less travelled' and collecting shot glasses and pins from every place she visited.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harold J. Wertman, brother Chris Wertman, and her beloved grandmother, Rose Powers. She is survived by her wife, Betsy Glencross, daughter, Katie Norris and mother, Joan (Powers) Wertman, all of Sabattus; brother Tom (Terri) Wertman of Collegeville, PA; sister-in-law, Marilyn Wertman of Candor, NY; nephews Jake and Ben Wertman and niece, Kelsey Wertman.

The family will receive visitors on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 11AM to 1 PM, at Crosman's Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Lisbon Falls, Maine followed by a memorial service at 1PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Karen's charity of choice; The American Brain Tumor Association. A special website has been set up in Karen's name at: http://hope.abta.org/site/TR/VFE/2015BreakthroughYourWayVFEpx=2608906&pg=personal&fr_id=3781#.WuDNv-TITct or by mail at: the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60631. Donations may also be left at Crosman's Funeral Home.

  • FAMILY

  • Karen was preceded in death by her father, Harold J. Wertman, brother Chris Wertman, and her beloved grandmother, Rose Powers. She is survived by her wife, Betsy Glencross, daughter, Katie Norris and mother, Joan (Powers) Wertman, all of Sabattus; brother Tom (Terri) Wertman of Collegeville, PA; sister-in-law, Marilyn Wertman of Candor, NY; nephews Jake and Ben Wertman and niece, Kelsey Wertman.
  • DONATIONS

  • the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60631.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 5, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Tom Wertman

July 12, 2018

There is nothing normal in one's grieving. We all do it in our own way. I was told that "the bigger the hole, the better the person." In that respect, she has left a crater in my life. That's a good thing. She helped raise me as a little boy. Even the times when we weren't very happy with one another we still loved each other. Her life was simply amazing - it was simple and whole. Isn't life complicated enough? Slow down, better yet stop - smell a flower, appreciate warm sun on your face or just plain think about 1 thing that you're thankful for. We used to meet for coffee on Saturday mornings before I moved to PA. When she turned 50, she told me that things in her life were never more clear to her, and she had wonderful perspective. That phrase stuck with me ever since, and now that I'm in my 50's it's never more true. I struggled for many years in my life - but in the end her wisdom helped save me from myself, and I'm a better person because of that. Of course I'd give anything to have her back, that's the emotional side. The realistic side of me knows that I have to hang on to all the wonderful things that I know and love about her. That's what ultimately helps me through the ups and downs as I grieve. We all have to move on, but it's OK to cry, too. I do both - - a lot.

Jane Graziano

May 5, 2018

In this world of change, nothing which comes stays, and nothing that goes is lost...
Karen will be in your heart, forever...

Jane Carter

May 5, 2018

Karen was working as a auto mechanic at Sears in Brunswick when I was there & I remember the fantastic remarks from her co-workers of what a great job she always did & how everybody got along so well with her. I worked with her wonderful Mom, Joan. My deepest sympathy for her,family and friends.

Terry Fournier

May 4, 2018

Thinking of the family at this sad time.

Janice Chizmar

May 1, 2018

Karen and I played softball together for many years. Starting in high school and then we played a women's slow pitch league in Brunswick. We also attended many concerts together. That girl had an infectious smile and such an awesome sense of humor. Rest easy Karen. My condolences to Karen's wife and family. May you find peace in the the many memories you all shared.

Linda Roy

May 1, 2018

To the Wertman Family,

Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers! Karen lived a full short life! She will now work for her friends and family is another way. Please remember to hold onto the memories. This helps me after a significant loss. Peace to all! Karen, may you rest in peace!

Linda Roy

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Biography

Karen Wertman, 56, of Sabattus, died at home, surrounded by family, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 after battling against Glioblastoma Multiforme for more than 3 years. She graduated from Lisbon High School in 1979, where she was an All-Star softball player. While a senior in high school, she started work at C&G Auto Parts in Lisbon Falls, and became manager of the store that later became Steego, CarQuest and now, Advance. In her 37 years at this job, she worked hard to provide excellent customer service and felt that the employees and customers were more like friends and family. She missed the daily interactions with her 'buddies' when she was forced to stop work due to illness.

Her interests were many, including: photography, gardening, crafting, rock hounding, the Red Sox, Patriots, and the ocean, where she spent countless hours searching for heart stones, shells and trying to capture the perfect photograph of a crashing wave. She loved to travel and was especially proud of having visited all 50 of the US states. In her travels, she enjoyed checking out the 'road less traveled' and collecting shot glasses and pins from every place she visited.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harold J. Wertman, brother Chris Wertman, and her beloved grandmother, Rose Powers. She is survived by her wife, Betsy Glencross, daughter, Katie Norris and mother, Joan (Powers) Wertman, all of Sabattus; brother Tom (Terri) Wertman of Collegeville, PA; sister-in-law, Marilyn Wertman of Candor, NY; nephews Jake and Ben Wertman and niece, Kelsey Wertman.

The family will receive visitors on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 11AM to 1 PM, at Crosman's Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Lisbon Falls, Maine followed by a memorial service at 1PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Karen's charity of choice, the American Brain Tumor Association. A special website has been set up in Karen's name at: http://hope.abta.org/site/TR/VFE/2015BreakthroughYourWayVFE?px=2608906&pg=personal&fr_id=3781#.WuDNv-TITct or by mail at: American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60631. Donations may also be left at Crosman's Funeral Home.