Marianne K. Gee

BELGRADE LAKES – Jan. 1, 2022, Marianne K. Gee (nee Mesler) breathed her last. Holding her hands were her daughter Carol and daughter-in-law Julie.Born Nov. 5, 1930, in Morristown, New Jersey to Paul and Beatrice Mesler (nee Southard), Marianne graduated from Morristown High School and married her love, William L. Gee in 1951. The two lived their dreams together. They relocated to Maine, built two businesses, RV’d the country, wintered in Florida, and raised a devoted family. They are fondly remembered for undying affection for each other. After 57 years together, Bill passed on in 2008, Marianne at his side.Marianne opened the Village Peddler Gift Shop in 1974, a staple of the Belgrade Lakes community. She adored knitting and talking to everyone who came through her door. Children remember her infinite supply of candy sticks. Marianne, the “Village Peddler,” supported years of October Fest, Christmas Strolls, and July 4th bounce houses, face painting and mini golf. When Marianne retired, the community honored her as “Grand Marshall” in their 4th of July parade. She rode proudly waving her beloved community.Marianne leaves family and friends who adore her generosity of spirit, warm home, and sweet coy humor. Remembering her always: her son William (Billy) Gee and wife Julie; daughter Carol Noel and husband Scott; her devoted grandchildren Paul, Starr, Heather, Matt, and Bill; 14 great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.As she retired, Marianne quoted Bob Hope, “Thanks for the memories,” and her words, “I do not sing but I do want you all to know how much you mean to me. And that comes right from my heart.”Friends are invited to visit from 11 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. with a funeral service to begin at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, at Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Oakland. A gathering of family and friends will follow at Marianne’s home in Belgrade Lakes. Spring burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Belgrade.Arrangements are in the care of the Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church St. Oakland, where condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at
A livestream of the funeral service will be available by using the attached link.
Those who wish may make memorial donations to Belgrade Lakes 4th of July Fireworks. Belgrade Lakes Regional Business Group,P.O. Box 518,Belgrade, ME 04917.

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