Grace Machemer

Grace Machemer

June 30, 1926 - October 8, 2019
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PORT CLYDE – On the morning of October 8, 2019, Grace S. Machemer passed away at the age of 93 at the Woodlands Senior Living Center in Waterville. Grace was born in 1926 to Robert Bruce and Florence A. Skinner in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, NJ and Smith College in Northampton, MA. In 1948 Grace married John Douglas Page and settled in Laconia, NH where she taught high school biology. Following her divorce, Grace received her Masters of Science in Biology from Plymouth State College and taught science at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Hanover, NH.

Grace married Paul E. Machemer in 1969 and moved to Belgrade, ME where she taught biology at Thomas College in Waterville, ME for 14 years. In 1984, she and Paul retired to Port Clyde, ME, where they, working alongside her sons Thomas and David, actively participated in the design and construction of their new home. Grace and Paul loved the coast of Maine, spending their days boating and sailing. She also enjoyed volunteering for the Penbay Women’s Auxiliary, the Jackson Memorial Library, and the Marshall Point Lighthouse. Grace was an accomplished rug maker, had a strong interest in the history of mapmaking, was an avid birder and reader, and enjoyed traveling the world.

Predeceased by her husband Paul, stepdaughter Georgia Ann Machemer, and her brother Donald Skinner. She is survived by her companion, Paul Dalrymple of Port Clyde, ME; her children, David B.L. Page and his wife Victoria of Ridgway, CO; Thomas A. Page and his wife Susan of Walpole, NH; Janet W. Wilkie and her husband Darrell of Oakland, ME; Deborah A. Small and her husband Robert of New Gloucester, ME; Judith P. Kroeger and her husband Michael of Williamsburg, VA; stepchildren, Corona A. Machemer of New York City and Paul A. Machemer and his wife Pamela of Yardley, PA. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Lifeflight of Maine. Please send checks payable to: Lifeflight Foundation, PO Box 899, Camden, ME 04843. Or online at

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.
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Larrain Slaymaker

Posted at 11:31am
My deepest condolences to the family. I met Grace many years ago when we were both teaching at Thomas College. She was an experienced veteran of academia and I was a total newbie. She was my one friend among the staff through faculty meetings, lingering office hours and recooperative lunches in the cafeteria.

I had just recently found out I was pregnant with my first child. Suddenly one day while teaching next door to Grace's lab a felt a gush between my legs and panic for the first time in my life. I scooted around the corner and looked in at Grace in the front of the room and she immediately saw my face and jumped into action. Paper towels, getting me to the bathroom, calming me down, taking care of my class(and her's) and what ever else was to be done as I was totally useless. I was gotten to the hospital and after a night there found out that I still had my baby. That baby has grown to be a Doctor doing cutting edge genetic research in Cambridge. She would have loved to talk with him about his work. She was a blessing for me then and her memory still is a blessing for me today.

Susan Bramhall

Posted at 03:23pm
My name is Sue Bramhall and I had known Gracie since 1981. I had the pleasure of her friendship through hair cutting. I have some flowers in my garden that she shared with me many years ago. She was a wonderful person and I’m so happy to have called her friend. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

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