Dorothy B. Trask

March 18, 1918
- April 09, 2012

MILO AND SEBEC - Dorothy B. Trask, 94, wife of the late Claude N. Trask, died April 9, 2012, in Milo. She was born March 18, 1918, in Portland. She spent her childhood years in the Moosehead Lake region and moved to the Milo area shortly after she married in 1939. Dorothy was a self-made woman of many talents and interests. She was committed to her family, friends, community and Park Street United Methodist Church. Her contributions to the Milo and Sebec communities throughout the past 70 years were both varied and significant. She was a member of Ayuda Club, Milo Women's Extension, Rebekah's Eastern Star, Grange, as well as a life member of Milo Garden Club and church guilds. Dorothy also assisted her husband, Claude with many of his public and altruistic endeavors. Dottie was a diligent, tireless worker. In the early war years, she developed her interest in sewing, hooking and braiding rugs and upholstery. As she refined her skills, she taught and shared with others. She enjoyed gardening with her own greenhouse, and developed beautiful rock and flower gardens along with her extensive vegetable and herb gardens. With her bounty, she would always preserve and share with others. The motto Dorothy lived by was "Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without!" She received numerous awards and accolades during her lifetime. Second to her family, she was most proud of her ownership and operation of the soft serve ice cream and take-out shop, The Frosty Bite, a popular spot in Milo for 17 years. She shared many fond memories with both her family and co-workers there. In the 1970s, Dorothy became an avid doll maker and collector. She crafted one-of-a-kind porcelain creations until the early 2000s. She poured, fired, painted, sewed and created clothes from scratch for each doll. Her knowledge of dolls and the eras and countries from which they came was remarkable. Dorothy placed family time above all. It was important to her that her children have a comfortable environment to be together. She and her husband, Claude, designed and built the family camp and camp road on Schoodic Lake, which continues to be a favorite place of the Trask family. The extensive renovation of an early 1900's farmhouse on Sargent Hill Road, Milo, was the perfect culmination of Dottie's talents and her strong work ethic. It was the ideal setting for family holidays and such fun for grandchildren! She leaves behind her devoted children, Neal Trask and his wife, Linda, of Carrabassett Valley, Gayle Kiernan and her husband, John, of Sebec, and Fred Trask of Milo; grandchildren, who lovingly called her "Nan," Mike Trask, Terri Trask and Ian Bexon, Brian Trask and Tammy, John Kiernan Jr., Timothy Kiernan and Noelle, and Janelle Michaud and Jack. She was "Big Nan" to her great-grandchildren, Michelle, Sarah, Nathan, Eryn, Tyler, Emily and Lukas Trask, Maura, Patrick, and Julia Kiernan, Teddy and Dorothy "Dory" Michaud. She also enjoyed her friendships with her "Golden Girls" and The Frosty Bite alumni, as well as Milo and Sebec neighbors who all gave her comfort, camaraderie and lots of laughs. The family extends many thanks to her compassionate hospice caregivers, especially her loving granddaughter-in-law, Tammy Trask. A memorial service will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Park Street United Methodist Church, Milo, with the Rev. Michele St. Cyr officiating. Friends and family are invited to share fellowship after the service at the church. Burial will take place at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home, Milo. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at

Published in BDN Maine on April 10, 2012

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