Peter A. Rosenberg
Peter Arvid Rosenberg, age 88, born Feb. 26, 1925 in West Paris, passed in his sleep at home on Oct. 22, 2013. He was the son of Arvid and Elizabeth Rosenberg. Peter was a well-known all-around athlete in his youth and was a standout pitcher on many championship teams playing American Legion and Town Team baseball for South Paris. Peter attended Gould Academy on a sports scholarship until he enlisted in the Army in his senior year. He was very proud of his service with the 10th Mountain Division, his mountaineering training at Camp Hale, Colo., and his deployment to the Italian Alps.
He married Annie Barnett on Feb. 2, 1950. In 1955 they moved to their dream farm on Billings Hill Road in Bryant Pond where they raised their five children. Peter and Annie loved their farm. Peter always had a garden and farm animals, raising most of their food. He loved working in the woods, especially with his horses. Peter was an avid hunter and for over 60 consecutive years he led the annual deer-hunting trip to Northern Maine with other local hunters and his sons. Peter worked on the paper machines in Rumford, retiring in the 1980s with more than 37 years of service.
He was a Mason and a lifelong member of the Jefferson Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Bryant Pond, the Kora Shrine and the American Legion, Jackson-Silver Post. He served on the Woodstock School Board during the time that SAD 44 was being organized. Peter was a rugged outdoorsman enjoying ATV and snowmobiling. He was one of the original founders of the Greenstock Snowmobile Club helping to build, maintain and groom many of their original trails. He also volunteered his time in the early days of Maine Handicap Skiing program, using his snow machine to take adaptive skiers to the top of the ski run. Peter shared his love for skiing with his children, starting them on the “big hill” on the farm then at Mt. Abram when it opened in 1960, creating a legacy of Rosenberg skiers at Mt. Abram, where this past winter 26 of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren embodied his passion for skiing.
Peter is survived by his wife Earlene (Enman) Rosenberg. They were married for 20 years. He has three surviving sisters, Rita Riihimaki of New Britain, Conn., Helmi Hamilton of Washington and Annie Mellon of Reading, Mass. His five children and their spouses, Ed and Leslie Rosenberg, Woodstock; Peter Arvid and Carol Rosenberg, Brewer; Donna and Greg Trundy, Woodstock; Tim and Sue Rosenberg, Woodstock; and Mike and Karen Rosenberg, Woodstock; three step sons, Keith and Debbie Hodsdon, Danville, N.H.; Kim and Kathie Hodsdon, Belgrade; and Lee Hodsdon, Ridge Spring, N.C.
He loved his 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and four step grandchildren. He was predeceased by three siblings, JoAnn Deskins, Jack Rosenberg and Ida Rosenberg.
We are so grateful to his wonderful and loving caregivers, Jannine Buck, Jan Cox, Heather Vail and Rose Bouchard.
Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 64 Andrews Road, Bryant Pond. Friends and Family may attend visitationon Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery, Bryant Pond. There will be a gathering for family and friends at the family farm on Billings Hill Road, Bryant Pond following the burial.
In lieu of flowers you may wish to make a donation in Peter’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Finnish Heritage Society, PO Box 294 West Paris, Maine.