Consuelo S. Logan, 90
SCARBOROUGH — Consuelo Scheid Logan, 90, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at Piper Shores in Scarborough, with her family by her side.
She was the loving wife of Theodore W. Logan, mother of eight, Gram to 18 and great-grandmother to three,
Connie, who was just shy of her 91st birthday, was born on Feb. 4, 1926, to Helen and Howard Scheid. An only child, she was raised by her mother, her maternal grandparents, Jeremiah and Mary McDonagh Beecher, her Auntie Peg and extended Irish family on Mitton Street in Libbytown in Portland. She was given the name Mary Agnes Consuelo von Scheid, but, being born at the break of day, her family affectionately called her Dawn.
Bright and athletic, she could outplay the boys during neighborhood games of stickball, rode horses and became an excellent student and an accomplished pianist. She graduated from Deering High School and attended Westbrook Junior College, where she excelled. A Westbrook College faculty member noted her potential, and encouraged her to finish her degree at Smith College. Since her family had limited means, he helped pull together the resources for her to attend through scholarships and donations from local residents. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English in 1947.
She was a proud and avid champion of many young women in southern Maine as they sought to further their education at Smith. A sincere desire to give back fueled her long-term support of Smith College, and local prospective students, through the Smith College Club of Maine and its annual pecan sale, which raised money for scholarships. Each spring, she presented the Smith College Book Award to a deserving senior class girl.
Connie returned to Portland after graduation and took a job at New England Telephone & Telegraph. She married Theodore on Jan. 6, 1951, and together they raised eight children. The family lived first on Westbrook and Craigie Streets, Portland, and later on Hunnewell Road, Scarborough. She fell in love with the Scarborough house because it was an old colonial, high on a hill with a beautiful apple orchard and plenty of space for her children to roam. She always considered it home.
A devout Catholic, she was a parishioner at St. Patrick’s Church in Portland and St. Maximilian Kolbe in Scarborough. She worked hard to instill that faith as well as a love of family, and learning in her children. She was an occasional church organist and as time allowed, would play her piano for the family.
Connie exuded warmth, had a wonderful sense of humor and knew how to have fun. Whether taking the family to Pleasant Mountain in winter to ski, driving the motor boat on Sebago Lake so her kids could learn to waterski, tinkling the ivories with a mean version of “Boogie Woogie,” or opening her home (and the Bungalow) to countless family and friends over the years, she always had a beaming smile, a kind word and unrelenting faith.
Connie had many close and enduring friendships that she cherished. Both in Vero Beach, Fla., where they had a winter home, and in Scarborough, she loved playing tennis or golf with her husband and many dear friends or simply walking on the beach. In time of need, she was always very supportive, thoughtful, and caring.
Through her long struggle with Alzheimer's, Connie showed great strength, dignity and grace. Her lovely smile never wavered, and will be deeply missed.
Connie is survived by her eight children, Dr. Ted Logan of Indianapolis, Ind., Dianne Logan of Hiram, Anne Logan Daly of Scarborough, John Logan of Cape Elizabeth, Susan Logan Evensen of Southport, Conn., Carole Hackett of North Yarmouth, Thomas Logan of Park City, Utah, and Margaret Logan of Scarborough; 18 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband Ted.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 from 3 to 6 p.m. at A.T. Hutchins Funeral and Cremation Services at 660 Brighton Avenue, Portland.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.
Those who wish may share online condolences at www.athutchins.com
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Connie’s memory to: The Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.