Beth Ann Troester, 62, entered the presence of her Savior, the Lord Jesus, Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at the Sussman House in Rockport.
Beth was born in Moncton, New Brunswick March 11,1957, the daughter of Al and Eileen Troester, joining her brother Gary and sister Karen. The pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, Al, became the academic dean and Bible teacher at the then Glen Cove Bible School and the family moved to Rockland, Maine in 1960.
Beth attended Rockland grade schools, and the Glen Cove Christian Academy high school for two years. Feeling the need to be a witness for Jesus, she transferred to, and graduated from, Rockland District High School. After attending New Brunswick Bible Institute for one year, she wanted to get art training along with Bible and transferred to Biola University in California. After graduating she attended the University of Maine where she studied Russian for two years.
Why Russian? At the age of five Beth came to an understanding of the reality that she was a sinner in need of a Savior and placed her faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. At the age of eight she determined
that someday she would go to Russia as a missionary, and ministering to Russians became an important part of her thinking. After working a variety of jobs, the day finally came when missionaries were allowed into Russia
and Beth became a missionary there for eleven years.
When her mother was no longer able to care for herself, Beth cared for her for ten years until her death in March 2018. In the time before her mother died Beth began to have physical issues of her own. In May of 2019
she learned she had a tumor on her trigeminal nerve, and a surgical biopsy revealed she had B-cell lymphoma.
On October first she was accepted by hospice and admitted to the Sussman House, from where she stepped into the presence of her Savior after a week. The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Sussman
House in Rockport, for their loving care and support for Beth and her family, as well as Katherine Burchard who lived with Beth as her caregiver for two months.
Those left to honor Beth’s memory include her brother Gary and his wife, Venila, their children and grandchildren; her sister Karen Wiersma and her husband, David, their children and grandchildren: and other members of her extended family.
A service to celebrate Beth’s life will be held Sunday, October 20, at 2 p.m., at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.
A reception will follow the service at the funeral home’s 104 Limerock reception center.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship, 431 Campground Road, Livermore Falls, ME 04254.
To share a memory or story with Beth’s family, visit their online Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com