NORTHPORT — Georgene Carol (Tsetsilas) Coombs passed away Sept. 8, 2022, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Georgene was born July 2, 1949, in Boston, the older of two children of George and Alice (Merrithew) Tsetsilas. Georgene graduated from Searsport District High School, class of 1966, and after graduation she attended the University of Maine in Orono. There, she completed a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in French and later obtained a master’s degree in education.

Upon graduation from the University of Maine, she returned to her alma mater, Searsport District High School and began what would become a 30-year career there as a French and Spanish language teacher. During that time she was known for her affinity for both languages, and her willingness to bring these languages to life for her students. Her favorite teachings included crepe making, The Little Prince, and infamous field trips to Quebec.

On Aug. 4, 1973, Georgene married Richard Coombs Jr. They built a home in Richard’s hometown of Northport, where she lived until the time of her passing.

She was a devoted member of Delta Kappa Gamma, serving both as local and state president. She was an active member in the Searsport Save Our Schools (S.O.S) campaign, the Searsport Alumni Association, and Books for Babes. She was a member of the Waldo County Educational Association-Retired and served as president for several terms.

She enjoyed puzzles, travel, reading, playing bridge, and rooting for her beloved Red Sox, which she passed on to her son and grandsons. Her greatest joy was time spent with her family and friends, many of whom lifted her spirits during difficult times, and especially during the last month.

Georgene is survived by Richard, her husband of 49 years; her daughter Karen Coombs and her husband Michael Calaway of Houston, and their son Rory; and her son Kevin Coombs and wife Shannon of Belfast, and their sons Landon and Chamberlain. Georgene is also survived by her brother Stephen Tsetsilas of Prospect. She was predeceased by her parents.

The family would like to thank all those who have visited or sent thoughts and condolences. There will be a private memorial service on Saturday, Oct. 1, followed by a public celebration of life at Stonecrest Event Center in Waldo from noon to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Stockton Springs Community Library.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at ripostafh.com.

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