Melissa D. Pulsifer, 71

Melissa D. Pulsifer

| Obituary in the Sun Journal |

YARMOUTH – Melissa D. Pulsifer, 71, a resident of New Gloucester, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at Brentwood Center in Yarmouth, Maine. She was born on July 25, 1951, in Panama Canal Zone, the daughter of John C. and Bernice (Cook) Duerr. She was a graduate of Woodbridge High School in Virginia and went on to Graduate from Mary Washington College in Virginia. In 1973 she married Stephen L. Pulsifer in Virginia. After they were married, they moved to Maine, his family home. Melissa taught Pre-k to 12th grade in Maine, Vermont, and Virginia during her teaching career. She taught middle school in Virginia before retiring to Maine.

Melissa was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and daughter. She enjoyed sewing and gardening. She is survived by her son Tim Pulsifer of Endicott, NY, her daughter Karen Reiling and husband Brian of New Gloucester, her grandchildren Tony and Mia Reiling of New Gloucester, her siblings; Melaine Duerr, Robert Duerr, Jim Duerr and wife Nancy all of Woodbridge, VA, and John Duerr of Florida, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband Stephen L. Pulsifer. Messages of condolence may be sent to:

A graveside service will be held at 11AM on Monday, November 14, 2022, at River Grove Cemetery, River Road, Leeds, Maine. Arrangements by Bragdon-Finley Funeral Home, 707 Main Street, Monmouth, Maine.

In lieu of flowers and in honor of Melissa’s love of teaching and expanding young minds, donations in her memory may be made to Reading Partners, Attn: Gift Processing, 638 3rd Street, Oakland, California 94607, or online at

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