FARMINGTON — Shirley Y. Toncer, 82, a resident of Livermore, died Friday, May 20, at Franklin Memorial Hospital.
She was born Dec. 30, 1928, in Wilton, the daughter of Harold and Doris (Bishop) Young. She attended school in Wilton and was a graduate of Wilton Academy. On Aug. 27, 1955, in Wilton, she married her husband of 35 years, Joseph Toncer. He passed away Sept. 25, 1990.
She worked as a “soda jerk” during her high school years, a lookout during World War II, at Forster’s Manufacturing, as a substitute teacher at Livermore Elementary and at Bass Shoe, and wrote the “Dottie Dimples” cooking column in The Country Courier for 30 years.
She was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church, a member of the St. Rose Choir, and she wrote, directed and produced many plays as fundraisers for St. Rose Church, choir and youth group. She was also a member of Daughters of Isabella, Livermore Falls Senior Citizens, Foothill Arts, Livermore Quilters and the Red Hat Society. She served as a Girl Scout leader, was active in the Livermore PTA and volunteered at the Norlands.
She was a very dedicated woman to her community and was named “Woman of the Year” by the Knights of Columbus. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, music, travel, camp, the ocean and going to Florida. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her four daughters, Stephanie Hill and companion, Armand Fournier, of Gardiner, Vicki Roy of Lewiston, Joy Toncer and her husband, John Lord, of Lisbon Falls, and Jayne Toncer and fiance, Rodney Therrien, of Jay; five grandchildren, Scott Rowles, Cathy Roy, Jill Joseph Toncer and Kelsey and Julianne Doiron; two great-grandchildren, Camden and Cassidee Rowles; her brother, Dr. Bruce Young and his wife, Kitty Armstrong, of Bangor; her uncle, Philip Young and his wife, Dot, of Augusta; several nieces and nephews; and dear friend, FayeAnn Laverdiere of Livermore.
She was predeceased by her husband; sister, Lois Scott; and her grandson, Steven Rowles.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Scott Schaffer, Dr. Stephen Goss and Dr. Gerald Tinguely and their staff and Androscoggin Home Health.
Messages of condolence may be sent to www.finleyfuneralhome.com.