Obituary for Theresa E. Griffin Bunger
CAMDEN, MAINE - Theresa Griffin-Bunger, 74, died peacefully at the Sussman House in Rockport, ME on Friday, February 16, 2018. Terry was surrounded by her four daughters as she passed away.
Born in the Bronx, NY on July 1, 1943, she attended Saint Helena High school and became a typist for the William Estey Advertising agency in Manhattan. Soon after in 1962, she married the late Vincent A. Griffin, also of the Bronx, and began her family. Their life together was an adventurous one and she took each twist and turn in stride, always with her sense of humor intact. Theresa moved from the Bronx to White Plains, NY, and then to the midcoast Maine area including Camden and later a working farm in Warren, proving once again there was nothing this woman couldn't do. She then lived in Rockland, before moving back to Camden, where she has since resided. Always moving forward with gusto, she became a well-respected professional in the health care field. For eighteen years she worked tirelessly as an executive secretary and medical assistant for many prominent doctors in Camden, ME and at The Camden Community Hospital. She was always able to insert her humor and natural ability to care for others.
In 2001 Theresa married the late John Bunger. They enjoyed traveling and made many trips to England, Scotland, Germany, and several cruises through Europe. Theresa’s talents were not only helping others but she was also very skilled at knitting, sewing, and cooking. Those who knew Terry also knew of her unyielding love for the NY Giants, she knew football and loved watching all the games. Theresa will be missed and lovingly remembered at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church where she was a member of the Altar Guild and was overjoyed to be on the Vestry. She found a family at St. Thomas’ church and made lasting connections to a number of wonderful people that she enjoyed spending time with. An avid volunteer she spent time helping so many. She gave her time to the Chamber of Commerce and always spoke so highly of her work and friends at Heavenly Threads Thrift shop. In addition, she was devoted to supporting P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center. Everyone will remember her brilliant combination of whit and hard work. Most importantly being a mother and grandmother meant the world to her. Proudly she would tell you all about her four daughters and eight grandchildren highlighting their accomplishments and forever worrying about each one of them as only a mother can do.
Terry was the cherished mother of Eileen Griffin of Branford, CT, Maureen Peabody and husband David of Camden, ME, Kathleen King and husband Kyle of Guilford, CT, Kerry Ann Flahive and husband John of Harrington Park, NJ; and the most beloved grandmother of Thomas and Daniel Peabody of Camden, ME, Casey Allen of Branford, CT, Morgan and Amanda King of Guilford, CT, and Margaret, Mary, and Molly Flahive of Harrington Park, NJ.
Terry’s final undertaking was her extraordinarily brave and brief battle with cancer. We are profoundly grateful to the Sussman house for allowing us the opportunity to usher our mother home to our father in the most comforting and peaceful way. In respecting Terry’s wishes there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers contributions in her name may be made to P.A.W.S, 123 John St., Camden, ME 04843, Heavenly Threads Thrift Shop, 57 Elm St., Camden, ME 04843, or The Sussman House, c/o Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.