Louise H. Shipman, 97, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, at an Ellsworth hospital after a brief illness. She was born Sept. 6, 1923, in Wauwatosa, Wis, the daughter of Walter and Ruth Hendrickson. Louise grew up in Milwaukee and Elkhorn, Wis. and Shrewsbury, Mass. She graduated valedictorian of Shrewsbury High School in 1941, and attended Simmons College in Boston, Mass. where she received a bachelor’s degree in 1945. Louise worked as a hospital dietician at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. In 1946, she married C. William “Bill” Shipman after he returned from serving in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.
They lived in Cambridge, Mass. while Bill completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees including Doctor of Science from MIT. Louise and Bill raised their family in Holden, Mass., near to WPI where Bill was a professor of chemical engineering. Louise and Bill came to Prospect Harbor in 1953, at the invitation of friends and returned each summer for family vacations. They built their home on Prospect Point in 1975. Louise and Bill spent a decade in Nashua, N.H. when Bill became director of research and development for a division of Cabot Corporation. Louise was an instructor for Diet Workshop in Nashua and volunteered at Church of the Good Shepherd. They retired in 1986, and became year-round residents of Maine. Louise and Bill volunteered at Loaves and Fishes in Ellsworth. Louise volunteered at the Dorcas Library and was secretary of the Prospect Harbor Women’s Club. She was a communicant of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church from 1986 to 2020. Louise and Bill celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in 2005. Following Bill’s death Louise remained an active and vital part of her community. She had a second church home at Prospect Harbor Methodist Church where she attended services and suppers. She enjoyed spaghetti suppers at the Masonic Lodge in Winter Harbor. An avid football fan, Louise watched college and NFL games. She was a shareholder in the Green Bay Packers, her lifelong favorite team. She loved music, sang soprano in church choirs and attended concerts at the Pierre Monteux School of Conducting from the 1960’s to 2019. She enjoyed the Metropolitan Opera simulcasts at The Grand, concerts at Hammond Hall and Oceanside Meadows.
Louise was a beloved member of a group of Winter Harbor women who had coffee with her at Chase’s restaurant most mornings for more than 25 years.
Louise is survived by her three daughters, Nancy, Jane and Rebecca, and two grandchildren, Ensign Kyle Shipman, a naval aviator at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and Lauren Shipman, a student at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Service and burial will be announced later.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Louise may be sent to Downeast Horizons, 77 Union Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605, Monteux School and Music Festival, PO Box 457, Hancock, ME 04640, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, Organ Fund, 134 State Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605 or the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Milbridge, where online condolences may be shared: www.bragdonkelley.com.