RUMFORD — Esther M. Drouin, 89, a resident of Rumford Community Home, formerly of 220 Franklin St., died unexpectedly Saturday, May 21, at Rumford Hospital.
She was born in Rumford on March 2, 1922, a daughter of Joseph and Concetta (Peperata) Curato.
Esther attended local schools. She married Ronald “Lefty” Drouin on Oct. 6, 1956, and together they celebrated 41 years of marriage. He died in 1997.
She was employed for many years at Dixfield Mill and later in the finishing room at Oxford Paper Co. She was a communicant of the Parish of the Holy Savior and was a member of the Sons of Italy. She enjoyed walking, knitting, playing bingo and family gatherings.
Surviving are two daughters, Jeanne M. Duguay and husband, Richard, of Rumford and Carol A. Plante of Rumford; a son, Gary L. Drouin of Sarasota, Fla.; a brother, Joseph Curato and wife, Mickie, of Randolph; two sisters, Antoinette “Toni” Bill of Old Orchard Beach and Philomena Brown of Gorham; eight grandchildren, Carrie Arsenault and husband Jack, Kimberly Papsadora and husband Michael, Christina Myatt and husband Matthew, Aaron Capponi and wife Colleen, Jason Capponi and fiancee Jessica Andrews, Whitney Drouin, Rainey Drouin and Cecile Drouin; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Ronald L. Drouin in 1997; six brothers, James, Pat, John, Larry, Dominic and Frank Curato; and two sisters, Rose Buccina and Alice Sullivan.
You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences, and fond memories with the Drouin family by visiting their guestbook at www.SGThibaultFuneralHome.com.