Cynthia Diann Bauersfeld left this world Aug. 22 at the age of 83 following a life filled with dear friends, loving family and countless experiences. Diann was born in 1935 to Harry and Thelma Jones in Harrisburg, Pa. Eventually the Joneses settled in the farm land of Catawissa, Pa., where Diann attended the local schools, participated in church activities and became familiar with raising chickens and the egg laying business. Following high school, Diann enrolled in nearby Bloomsburg State College, where she obtained her degree in special education and later on taught in Hershey, Pa. While teaching in Hershey, Diann met her husband to be, the late Dr. John C.W. Bauersfeld, a veterinarian. In time, John and Diann landed in the suburbs of Philadelphia and began raising their family of three boys, Kurt, Kevin and Kristopher.
John introduced Diann to the beautiful Maine coast via summer vacations to Friendship. Ultimately the couple purchased land and relocated to Ellsworth in 1973. Mountain View Veterinary Hospital, located in Trenton, is where John practiced with Diann at his side for more than 25 years. Needless to say that oftentimes the discussions around the supper table were colorful concerning the day’s events and their animal patients.
Diann was a member of the First Congregational Church of Ellsworth. As a member she served on many committees and was an active participant in countless church functions in addition to being a member of the choir for many years. She took to the stage occasionally lending her beautiful soprano voice as a cast member of several community theater Gilbert and Sullivan productions. Diann and John square danced for several years in the Ellsworth area, sewing her own square dance dresses from time to time. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, and crocheting. She could play the piano, bridge, most board games and Rummy 500. Her day usually began with completing the Bangor Daily News crossword puzzle.
Diann was an attentive mother and supported her children in their various endeavors. A loud ringing cowbell would clearly indicate where she was located along the sidelines of her boy’s soccer games. She swatted many mosquitoes watching Little League baseball games and attended her boys’ graduation ceremonies from high school and college. She was always there for her boys.
Following John’s death in 2001, Diann returned to school as a substitute teacher in the Ellsworth area. Having a last name that was difficult for young school-aged children to pronounce required Diann to make a transformation to the woman known as Mrs. B! Mrs. B enjoyed being with the students very much, and they loved her in return. Oftentimes she recalled hearing “Mrs. B! Mrs. B!” while out shopping coming from one of “her” students.
Diann had the good fortune to travel with John out West to Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite and through the magnificent Redwood trees of California. She saw a bullfight in Tiajuana, Mexico, toured the Parthenon in Greece and took in the sights and sounds of Italy. Vacationing with her son Kris and his family afforded her the opportunity to visit Florida, Las Vegas and Disney World, to name a few. When she took a vacation to visit Kevin, she was able to see the world famous Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. No matter what, Diann was up for new adventures.
Failing health required Diann to leave her lovely home by the pond in Ellsworth and settle in with Kurt and Shelli in Oakfield, on the shore of Spaulding Lake. Lake life was a good fit for Mrs. B, as she made new friends and was welcomed to the “neighborhood.” Diann, aka Mrs. B., will be missed not because she died, but because she lived.
Diann is survived by her brother Charles Jones and wife, Nadine, of Port Matilda, Pa.
Three sons, Kurt Bauersfeld and wife Shelli of Oakfield, Kevin Bauersfeld and wife, Karen, of Greensboro, N.C., and Kris Bauersfeld and wife, Sydney, of Naples.
Seven grandchildren: Ian, Tyler, Kody, Korey, Zachary, Billy and Lindsay and two great-grandchildren: Avery and Waylon.
A service will be held at the First Congregational Church in Ellsworth on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow.
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