WEST BATH — Eva Cartsunis Bottai, 94, known to family and friends as “great Eva,” died peacefully Jan. 21 at Mid Coast Hospital.

Born on May 25, 1916, in Boston, Mass., she was one of eight children of Helen and Peter Cartsunis.

She was a career woman and a homemaker. For many years she worked at the Polaroid Corporation where she was one of a few women to hold managerial responsibilities. During her time at Polaroid, she had the opportunity to meet artists such as Ansel Adams.
As a homemaker, she was known for her handiwork, from making sweaters with intricate designs to stenciling walls.

She enjoyed singing, playing the ukulele and traveling.

Her positive attitude, amazing energy and zest for adventure was an inspiration to all who knew her.

She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Louis Bottai, who died in 2001.

Surviving are two children, her daughter, Peg Newberg, and her husband Don of Harpswell, and a son, Peter Bottai of Brunswick; two sisters, Bette Cartsunis and her husband Keith Wittmer of Ponca City, Okla., and Angeline Ferreira of Arlington, Mass; four grandchildren and their partners, Eric and Amy Newberg of Yarmouth, Mark and Elizabeth Bottai of Fripp Island, S.C., Matthew and Heidi Randall-Newberg of Bath, and Jessica and John McCurdy of Moraga, Calif; eight great-grandchildren, Anders and Sophie Newberg, Josephine Bottai, Dylan and Randall Newberg, Mark, Luke and Reid McCurdy.

A date for a celebration of her life will be announced this summer.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Rd., Brunswick, ME 04011 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at desmondfuneralhomes.com.

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