Gale E. Brown

LITCHFIELD – After a lifetime of shenanigans and mischief, Mistress Moonbeam inconsiderately left this earth. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, Veterans Day, as the sun rose, Gale’s breaths became shorter and shallower. When the full sun shone through her bedside window she quietly slipped away surrounded by her husband and two of her daughters. She was not a sun worshiper, and it was appropriate that she took this time to escape.

She left behind a heck of a lot of stuff, which her children and husband have no idea what to do with. Gale was born Sept. 15, 1945, in Baton Rouge, La., the oldest child of Gordon and Lorene Lindsay. Gale was a magnificent artist and particularly gifted with watercolors. She was a crafter and collector, boasting an extensive collection of rocks, sea glass, spoons, walking sticks (shillelaghs), mashers, eggbeaters, picture frames, Santas, and, of course, her murders of well-fed crows.

Although she liked to say, “We never go anywhere,” to her husband Cal, they traveled the U.S. extensively, including Alaska and Hawaii. If that was not enough, they also traveled all over the globe including Bahamas, Aruba, Ireland, Scotland, Peru, Israel, and France.

Gale was an RN, working for many years in labor and delivery at Maine General. Everywhere she went, mothers would recognize her as their nurse, and they would ask if she recognized them.

After her retirement, she worked for the family fence company. Although Cal was the owner, she was the boss. He lovingly referred to her as “The Warden,” although none of us are sure what her job title was.

Gale is survived by her husband Cal, and her children: Elisa (and Jim) Laflamme of Winthrop, Brigid (and Bob) Van Vlack of Winthrop, Megan (and Sandy) Spalding of Sabattus, Brian Corriveau of Bath, and beloved Scooter. Also: Lisa (and Tom) Stengle, Glenn (and Rae) Brown, and Heidi (and AJ) Pelczar.

Though predeceased by her great-granddaughter, Avi. Gale was a proud Nana to Lindsay (and Jimmy), Kristin (and Bennett), Brett (and Haley), Simone, Tyler (and Corin), Logan, Colby (and Katie), Jordan (and Hannah), Abby (and Jake), Gabe (and Cassidy), William, Connor, Camryn, Haley (and Sahmeer), Jack, Michael, Sunny, and Christopher. Her great-grandchildren Isabel, Ryan, Emily, and Mila brought immense happiness and pride to their great-grandparents’ lives.

She is also survived by her brother Joe (and Sharon) Lindsay of Winchester, Va., and sister Patricia (and Richard RIP) Kosma of Falmouth—as well as a niece Tara (and Joe) Partow of Falmouth and nephew, Lon Kosma, of Farmingdale.

The family would like to thank the medical staff at St Mary Regional Medical Center, especially Roy, Michael, Cecilia, Lynn, Bethany, Michaela, Dr Kim Caldwell, and Dr Ross Watson.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date; when we can gather the majority of her family, probably the week between Christmas and New Years. All will be welcome to share a short story or improvisational dance.

If you care to receive a reminder of the date and place, please send an email to:

Arrangements are entrusted with Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, Maine. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website,

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Irish Coast Guard or the Gardiner Public Library in memoriam of Gale E Brown, 152 Water St.,

Gardiner ME 04345

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