SCARBOROUGH – Priscilla Wieland, 90, a Renaissance woman, wife, mother, grandmother of five boys, aunt, sister and friend, died peacefully in the early hours of February 23, 2022 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough after a short illness.
Priscilla was born Priscilla Allegra Callanan on October 13, 1931 to Ruth and Walter Callanan of Danvers, Mass. Known as “Cindy” to her friends, she was the eldest of five children in her family, including her twin brother, David Callanan. , his younger brothers Dana Callanan and Aaron Snow, and his sister, Faith Snow.
Priscilla grew up in Danvers, Massachusetts, and as a young girl spent her summers on Chebeague Island where she learned to love Maine and the Atlantic Ocean. Her post-high school years were a breakthrough as she attended State Teachers College in Fitchburg, Mass. for a year toured the East Coast dirt track circuit as a stunt driver and eventually moved to Las Vegas where she met her love. life and husband of over 60 years, Leonard “Jack” Wieland.
As the wife of an Air Force sergeant, she spent several decades in the Midwest and Southwest and overseas in Italy for three years, but her heart and soul always yearned. to return to the east coast and the Atlantic Ocean of his youth. When her husband finally retired from the military in 1972, she moved her family to her beloved Maine where she spent the last 50 years of her life.
Priscilla possessed a gentle and compassionate heart and loved all animals, especially cats, many of which she brought into her home over the years much to her husband’s chagrin. She loved birds, herons and crows in particular, and small furry creatures of all kinds.
Priscilla was also a published poet and a direct descendant of Priscilla and John Alden of the Mayflower. She appreciated all the arts, the impressionists were her favourite, and listened for hours to the symphonies of the great composers but also danced with friends all night long to the songs of Neil Diamond. While in Italy, she was delighted to attend a performance of La Boehme at La Scala opera house in Milan.
After moving to Maine, she designed and built several homes in York and Kittery Region and also served as the front desk manager at the Stage Neck Inn for many years.
Priscilla is survived by her two sons, Rhett Wieland and his wife Kimberly Wieland of Philadelphia and Lance Wieland and his wife Donna Wieland of Scarborough; his five grandsons, Spencer Wieland, Colby Wieland, Alex Wieland, Willoughby Andrews and Asher Wieland; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 1 at First Parish Cemetery, 180 York St., York.
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Obituary: Daniel L. Alley