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Cherry Enna Bolstridge

  • Born: 26 Jun 1932, ME
  • Marriage: Leslie William "Billy" Danker on 23 Jun 1979 in FL
  • Died: 26 Nov 2007, ME at age 75
  • Buried: Portage Lake Municipal Cemetery, Aroostook, ME

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SSN Death Database: Portage, Aroostook, ME. Name: Cherry B. Danker
SSN: 578-46-6495
Last Residence: 04768 Portage, Aroostook, Maine, United States of America
Born: 26 Jun 1932
Died: 26 Nov 2007
State (Year) SSN issued: District of Columbia (1951-1952 )

PORTAGE LAKE - Cherry (Bolstridge) Danker, 75, died Nov. 26, 2007, at her Presque Isle residence, after a lengthy battle with a bone marrow disease. She was born June 26, 1932, at Portage Lake, the daughter of Albert Stanley and Mildred (Hathaway) Bolstridge. She was a graduate of Ashland High School and Aroostook School of Commerce, Presque Isle. Her career life included working as a secretary for the Ashland Superintendent of schools, followed by 34 years of employment with the Veterans Administration, office of construction in Washington, D.C. With the Veterans Administration, she held several secretarial positions of increasing rank and rose to become secretary to the head of the office of construction. In the early 1970s, she left the secretarial field to become administrative assistant, staff assistant and executive assistant where she developed considerable expertise in construction management, and as a program analyst. In 1980, she was promoted and became the first highest-ranking female executive in the office of construction and served as a member of the top staff of a male-oriented organization with more than 800 employees, consisting of professional architects, engineers and support staff. This was the largest program of federally funded hospital design and construction in the world with annual appropriation levels averaging more than 500 million dollars. In this latter role, she served as a liaison with the White House and congressional staffs and the presidential transition teams. She was involved in the major decision making and implementation processes of policies and procedures for effectively carrying out the Veterans Administration's design and construction program goals and responsibilities. Her decision packages for top staff review and approval covered a wide range of diversified subjects, including Veterans Administration earthquake engineering program, Veterans Administration environmental impact program, Veterans Administration's asbestos removal program, incorporating spinal injury facilities in the Veterans Administration hospital designs, and the Veterans Administration cemetery construction programs. Cherry was the author of a Veterans Administration brochure, distributed to private architect/engineer firms throughout the country, which outlined procedures governing the selection of such firms for Veterans Administration design contracts, a project which earned the Veterans Administration a commendation from the American Institute of Architects. She developed legislative proposals governing the procurement of hospital design and construction contracts and was instrumental in the implementation of the resulting enacted laws. She assisted in the development or performed the editing of technical articles published in magazines such as Architectural Record and Engineering News Record, which brought world-wide attention and recognition to the Veterans Administration for its advances in hospital building technology. Cherry retired in 1986 from her GS-15 program analyst position and returned to her hometown of Portage Lake. She was active in community affairs and served several terms on the board of directors of the Portage Lake Association. She also served on the town's budget committee and for brief periods on the town's planning board. She pursued creative writing endeavors by attending writing courses and workshops at University of Maine, - Fort Kent and University of Maine - Presque Isle. She was a participant in the University of Maine - Fort Kent Writers' Group and the Caribou Writers' Roundtable. Numerous of her memoirs, essays, and short works of fiction appeared in The Northern Line, published by University of Maine - Fort Kent, and in Echoes, the Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture. She was included in Central Aroostook County Cultural Directory published by the Maine Arts Commission, a Who's Who guide of cultural resources in the area. She was author of the history, cultural background and cultural resources sections of Portage Lake Tourist Information Booklet published by Portage Lake Planning Board. She was a member of Elderhostel and attended several of its programs. She was also a member of Common Boundary, an organization of theologians, environmentalists, psychotherapists and others in-terested, who explore the inter-face between psychotherapy and spirituality, and represented northern Maine at its 1991 national conference in Washington, D.C. Her church affiliations through her lifetime included Buffalo Community Church, Portage Lake; Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Arlington, Va.; Portage Lake Congregational Church and the Union Congregational Church, Ashland. She was a member of the LeBlanc-Junkins VFW Auxiliary, Unit 9699, Ashland. Cherry is survived by one sister, Alice Bolstridge of Presque Isle; three brothers, Stanley Bolstridge of Lower Knoxford, New Brunswick; Bruce Bolstridge of Houston, and Nelson Bolstridge of Portage Lake; three stepdaughters, Michelle Varis of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Debbie Danker of Tampa, Fla., and Leslie Kutlik of Scotch Plains, N.J.; two stepsons, Mark Danker of Tampa, Fla., and Pete Danker of Fort Mills, S.C.; numerous nieces, nephews and several stepgrandchildren. She will also be missed by a special friend, Rudi Buitron of Portage Lake. In addition to her parents, Cherry was predeceased by her husband, Billy Danker; her brother, Rodney Bolstridge; her stepfather, Robert Fullerton; and her stepdaughter, Cherie Elliott. Relatives and friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday at Stimson-Ouellette Funeral Home, 114 Exchange St., Ashland. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Congregational Church with Pastor Nathan Gardiner officiating. Spring interment will be at Portage Lake Municipal Cemetery. Those who wish may contribute in her memory to the American Cancer Society, New England Division, Inc., 30 Speen St., P.O. Box 9376, Framingham, MA 01701-9376. To leave online condolences, please visit


Cherry married Leslie William "Billy" Danker, son of George Danker and Ethel Josephine Shiffert, on 23 Jun 1979 in FL. (Leslie William "Billy" Danker was born on 15 Nov 1924 in NY, died on 27 Sep 1985 in Arlington, Arlington, VA and was buried on 30 Sep 1985 in Ivy Hill Cemetery, Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.)

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