Hope J. Bolster, 6: Even in short time, lived with joy and love

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PORTLAND — Hope Juliet Bolster, 6, died at her home on Aug. 2, surrounded by her family.

Hope was born Jan. 1, 2009, in Portland, to Susan and Jay Bolster, and her older sister, Quinn. Hope lived with cancer and made the best of life. She loved to laugh, to have fun and to be surrounded by family and friends. She launched herself into every experience and embraced learning at every turn.

Hope loved nature, warm days at the beach and dressing up for dinner. Her play days were filled with bike riding, hula hoops and splashing through rain storms. She treasured her school days, which were filled with art projects, friends, “circle time” and songs.

Hope was predeceased by her maternal grandfather, Bill Lukasiewicz, and her paternal grandmother, Beverly Bolster.

Hope is survived by her parents; her sister; her maternal grandmother, Nancy Lukasiewicz; and her paternal grandparents, Donald and Dorothy Bolster. She is also survived by her uncles and aunts, Davison Bolster, Gilbert Bolster, Bill and Amy Lukasiewicz, and Paul and Laurie Lukasiewicz; and her cousins, Cole, Reed, Steve and Ani.

The family extends deep gratitude to The Maine Children’s Cancer Program, Home Health Visiting Nurses, Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Burr Proton Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Christopher’s Haven and all the support agencies that made Hope’s treatment possible.

A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, Aug. 16, at 1 p.m., at Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Hope’s honor to Quinn Bolster’s education fund; checks can be made payable to her parents and mailed to the church address.

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