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Mimi Ulsaker, 72, died peacefully in her sleep at her Ware Neck home on May 20, 2024. She was born on February 12, 1952, in Monterey, California, to Capt., USN and Mrs. William Masek, late of Gloucester, Va. She is survived by her husband Tim; her son Oliver (Ginny); two grandsons, Carl and Barry, of Charlottesville, Va., and her sister, Helen Masek, of Aldie, Va.

From birth in Monterey, Mimi experienced life around the globe as her father’s career moved his family from coast to coast, Hawaii, Scotland and England. Tragically Mimi was confined to a wheelchair before her 20th birthday; however, she packed more into the next 52 years of her life than many walking people do. Since moving to Gloucester in 1975, Mimi contributed to her community in numerous ways. She was a volunteer teacher for NAMI, on the Founding Board of the Gloucester Community Foundation, a member of the Gloucester Woman’s Club, the Garden Club of Gloucester, the Gloucester Chapter of the NAACP, and the Rosewell Board. She worked at Rappahannock Community College for 10 years where she met her husband, Tim, and later worked at Twice Told Tales, starting when it first opened on Main Street. She also founded and participated in the annual Wharf-to-Wharf Swim for 14 years, raising over $150,000 for building the planned Rowing Boathouse at Williams Wharf and the home for the internationally successful Mathews High School and Mobjack Rowing teams that her husband started 38 years ago.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mobjack Rowing Association or a local charity of your choice. A Celebration of Mimi’s Life is planned for October and will be announced at a later time.