Carolyn A. Hoerth

Posted:  Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 2:15pm

Carolyn Ann Shields Hoerth of Westport Island, Maine died Aug. 30, 2017 at age 93 after a brief illness.

She was born November 16, 1923, in Columbus, Ohio, and was the fourth of 5 children of the Reverend Richard E. and Eloessa Shields. As a daughter of a Moravian minister, she lived in various communities, including Columbus, Ohio, Capitola, California, Chicago, Illinois, Joplin, Missouri, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, and others, graduating from New Trier H.S. in Evanston, Illinois.

Carolyn attended Hanover College and graduated from Western College for Women with a degree in English/theater in 1945. Carolyn worked as a grade school art teacher, interior designer, and designer/drafter at a GE jet engine plant. She met her husband, Joseph G. Hoerth, in Cincinnati, while working for the Bell Telephone Company. She and Joseph were married in 1948 and had four children: Jeffrey, Susan, Oakley and Thomas.

Carolyn's anchor in life was her belief and faith in God, adherence to pure and simple truth, and love for everyone, even though she might not have liked everyone. She volunteered and supported many charitable groups such as Save the Children, Appalachia House, local hospitals wherever she lived, Burrwood Home for the Blind and Doctors Without Borders.

Carolyn enjoyed water sports, horseback riding, skiing, skating, walking and tennis up to age 80. She and her husband traveled extensively in the Caribbean Islands, Europe and the U.S.

Carolyn is predeceased by her four siblings and is survived by her husband; four children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorial donations can be made to Save the Children and /or Doctors Without Borders.

Arrangements are under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Memories may be shared at