Antoinette Grandgent Herzel

CRANBERRY ISLES — A granddaughter of one of the early rusticators of Mount Desert Island has passed away. Antoinette Grandgent Herzel was born in 1920 and died on Aug. 11, 2010.


Her first visits to this area were aboard the steamer J.T. Morse to the summer home of Ethel Cushing and Charles Hall Grandgent on Clark Point. As a child, she enjoyed hiking the newly blazed trails with her grandparents and parents, Louis and Henriette, and brother Roland. Later she and her husband, William Herzel, came with their children, James, Roland , Dorothy and Annette to visit the summer homes of their extended families, the Giffords and Bragdons on Little Cranberry Island.

Her love of the island and classical keyboard music led her to purchase a Fisk pipe organ for the Islesford Congregational Church, and during summer visits, she, her son Roland, and daughter Annette would give concerts for the community, as well as play for services.

At home in Frankfort, Kentucky she was a tutor for adult literacy and a church organist. Even into her 80s she enjoyed hiking across Baker Island for a picnic on the Dance Rocks, and attending the church fairs on Islesford and Great Cranberry Island. In recent years she had rented houses on Islesford’s north shore and enjoyed sharing the view with visiting friends, assisted by her great niece, Jessie Grandgent Stanley.

Her latest wonderful visit to Islesford was earlier this month accompanied by her son Roland. She enjoyed a cruise past her grandfather’s former home aboard the boat of her nephew, Henry Grandgent, just hours before President Barack Obama lunched at the neighboring Claremont Hotel.

Antointette is survived by her nephew, Henry Grandgent and his wife Gail of Islesford and Bar Harbor; Cousin Amy Gifford Palmer and her husband Will and daughter Adelle of Islesford; extended family Chris Sanberg and her husband Eric and daughter Laura of Trenton and Islesford. Special friends on Little Cranberry Island are Cara Spurling and Ashley Bryan who dedicated his poetry recitation at this year’s Islesford Literary Evening to “Nanette”

A funeral was held Aug. 26, 2010 at the South Frankfort Presbyterian Church. An Islesford memorial service for local friends and family will be held at a later date.

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