Margaret Rowe Ackerman Jordan, 100, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2019 after a short illness. She was born on October 16, 1918, the only child of Susan Jordan Rowe and Leon Elmer Rowe. Most of her life was spent in Ellsworth. She graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1936 and attended Westbrook College.
In 1939, she married John F. Ackerman who had come to Ellsworth to manage the J.J. Newberry store. Before WWII John and Margaret ran a card shop, and in 1954 they established Ackerman Hardware on Main Street in Ellsworth. In 1964, the hardware store moved to the new Ellsworth Shopping Center. Margaret was involved in the family business and an active homemaker, raising four children and teaching them important lessons: treat others with respect, express gratitude, speak proper English and use good manners.
In 1984, some years after the death of her husband John, Margaret married Ray M. Jordan, and spent a number of years living in Bangor.
Throughout her life, Margaret's interest and love for her family were evident. She enjoyed visits and trips to see her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, Family gatherings were joyful occasions with plentiful food and activity. For several years, she enjoyed the comradery of her "painting class" and her landscape oil paintings are treasured by family.
Margaret was predeceased by her parents, husband John Ackerman, husband Ray Jordan, step-son Richard Jordan, granddaughter Helen Ackerman and great-granddaughter Faith Zinke.
She is survived by her four children: Jeanette ("Jean") Popikas and husband Capt. Charles Popikas, USN retired, Gulf Breeze, FL, John Richard ("Dick") Ackerman and wife Linda of Austin, TX, Susan Bergeron and husband Daniel of Ossipee, NH, Joel Ackerman, D.M.D. and wife Carolyn of Lamoine, step-daughter Joan Jordan Grant, and step-son Paul Jordan and their families.
She is survived by 10 grandchildren: C. Steven Popikas, Lynn Popikas Greene, Heidi Ackerman Guzik, D.Aud and husband David, Kristine Ackerman Luck, Wendy Ackerman, J. Matthew True and wife Trista, Robert True, Jeffrey Taylor and wife Olivia, Kerry Ackerman Novello and husband Kevin, Amy Ackerman Zinke and husband Justin.
There are 12 great grandchildren: Ashley Greene and fiancé Mark Finke, Caroline Greene, Jonathan and Jason Guzik, Ryan, Alexander and Elizabeth Luck, Autumn Taylor, Olivia and Alana Novello, Joy and Hope Zinke.
The family wishes to express deep appreciation to Marlene Walker of Total Care Solution for the kind care Margaret received for the last 18 months of her life. There will be no funeral service at the request of the deceased. The family will hold a private graveside service at a later date.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin Street, Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com