Heidi Gage ~ Class of 1984
Departed ~ 10/19/2017
7/4/1966 – 10/19/2017
7/4/1966 – 10/19/2017
Heidi Gage, 51, of Portland, died on October 19, 2017, after a short, but valiant, battle with cancer. She was born in Westbrook, Maine, the daughter of Rev. Philip and Nancy Gage. Heidi lived most of her childhood in Bangkok, Thailand, where she graduated from the International School of Bangkok. There she developed her love for performing choral music and her appreciation for those of other cultures and backgrounds.
Upon returning to the United States, Heidi lived in the Boston area and Groveland, Mass., before moving to Portland, Maine. She graduated from the University of Southern Maine, and most recently worked as Admissions Coordinator and Director of the Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program. Heidi’s organizational ability and warm personality showed through as she worked with university students, directed children’s choral groups, and taught Sunday school at Falmouth Congregational Church. Many of the young people she worked with considered Heidi a beloved second mother to them.
Heidi’s pride and joy were in her children, Kenneth (19) and Elizabeth (15) Drelich, and she spent every spare moment attending their school and sporting events and encouraging them in their endeavors. She enjoyed spending time at the beach, at the family camp, and outdoors with them. Family relationships were important to Heidi, and she loved cultivating traditions and spending time over meals with those she loved.
Heidi was preceded in death by her parents. In addition to her children, Kenneth and Elizabeth Drelich, she is survived by her siblings, Chris Gage (Melodie), Lorrie Gage (Jim Thornton), Marissa Gage, and Ben Gage; her niece and nephews; her partner, Leland John Arris, and his children and grandson.
A memorial service will be held at Falmouth Congregational Church on Saturday, October 28, at 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial funds in Heidi’s honor be directed to the support of her children either online at www.youcaring.com/
HeidiGageMemorialFund or by mail to the Kenneth & Elizabeth Drelich Support Fund, Town & Country Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 9420, South Portland, ME 04116-9420, account #152966.
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