Aroostook County musician retires after 72 years at St. Mary’s Church

When a music trainer requested 14-year-old Dan Ladner if he’d prefer to play the organ at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Presque Isle, he mentioned he’d strive it.

He stayed for 72 years.

Ladner retired final weekend as organist and choir director on the church, a part of the Parish of the Valuable Blood, which serves Presque Isle, Caribou and surrounding communities.