Ann Keane Wileman – Lincoln County News
Ann Keane Wileman, 90, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2021 at Chase Point in Damariscotta. Ann was born in Newark, NY and was the daughter of John Bernard Keane and Kathryn Lefaivre Keane.
Ann holds a BA in Education from Lesley College and an MA in Education from Syracuse University. She taught at Fredonia College, where she met her now ex-husband, Ralph Wileman. After a short teaching service in Hawaii, they moved to Chapel Hill, NC while she continued her teaching administration at the Frank Porter Graham Development Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ann was elected to the Chapel Hill School Board and later became a real estate agent.
His father was elected mayor of Newark, New York, and the family welcomed John F. Kennedy to their home during his 1960 presidential campaign.
While on a family summer vacation to New England in 1968, she spotted Christmas Cove in south Bristol on a map. A lunch at the Coveside Restaurant turned into a month’s stay at the Coveside Inn, followed by property search and the following summers until her retirement in Maine in 1999. During the summers, she operated Harbor Antiques. After her retirement, she volunteered in the community and served as president of the Miles Memorial Hospital League.
Ann liked to follow her father’s political passion. She loved gardening and was proud of the grounds of her retirement home. She was an avid reader, a wonderful cook, loved to entertain guests and travel the world.
She is survived by her children, Laura Wileman Alves and her husband John Alves Sr. of Quincy, Mass., And John Howard Wileman of Bethesda, Md.; two grandchildren, Henry Wileman and Michael Wileman; two stepchildren, Leah Alves Polcari and John Alves Jr .; and two step-great-grandchildren, Anthony and Mia Polcari. Ann was predeceased by her sister, Mary Keane of Newark, NY
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 20 at Hillside Cemetery in Damariscotta.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the South Bristol Historical Society, PO Box 229, South Bristol, ME 04568.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta.
Condolences and messages for his family can be expressed by visiting stronghancock.com.