Doris E. Wyngaard, 88: Born in 'Bug Light' lighthouse

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TOPSHAM — Doris Elizabeth Wyngaard, 88, died Jan. 24 at her home surrounded by family.

Born at the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, known as “Bug Light,” in South Portland on Aug. 3, 1921, she was a daughter of Captain Harold F. and Gladys Bell Simmons Marr.

Her grandfather, Preston Marr, was the last lighthouse keeper at Portland Breakwater.

She attended Boston and Portland schools and worked for John J. Nissen Baking Company from 1943 to 1968. 

In 1968 she married John A. Wyngaard and moved near Albany, N.Y., where she supervised the cake and bread departments at Freihofers Bakery. 

She was predeceased by her husband of 34 years, John, in 2002, and a son, Rocco S. Minervino, in 1997. 

Surviving are her son, Thomas Minervino of Topsham; five stepchildren, Bruce Wyngaard of Marble Cliff, Ohio, Grace Wyngaard of Falls Church, Va., Claire Wyngaard of Woodbridge, Va., Mary Flynn of Lakehurst, N.J., Marge Huston of Deer Park, Texas; grandson David Minervino of Freeport; and sister Beatrice Dulac of Scarborough.

Memorial services were held last week.

Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick.

Memorial donations may be made to the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011.

Condolences may be expressed and a memorial tribute can be viewed at