RAYMOND – Julie S. Orsini, 50, died quietly at home on Monday, Aug. 23, amid close friends and family. She had bravely battled cancer since March of this year.

She was born in Riverside, Conn., March 4, 1954, and attended Greenwich, Conn., schools, graduating from Greenwich High School, she went on to Franklin Pierce College, where she earned a degree in sociology.

On June 23, 1979, she married Ronald R. Orsini of Basking Ridge, N.J., also a Franklin Pierce graduate. After their wedding they moved to Hudson, Mass., where both were employed in the service industry. Two years later they moved to a small house in West Falmouth, where they presided over a mini-farm. During that period she became a warehouse employee at Cole Haan Footwear, while her husband was employed as a customer service specialist for W.L. Blake Co., a Portland mill supply company.

With the birth of her first child, Michael Orsini in 1989, she withdrew from the job market to raise a family. Yet through the years that followed, she held a number of volunteer positions in her community, including that of public programs coordinator for the Shaker Community in New Gloucester.

In recent years she became increasingly involved in both the Raymond Elementary School and the Jordan Small School. As time went on, she became committed to earning special education teacher certification, an ambition never fully realized.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Ronald R. Orsini, and three children, Michael, 14, Alysha, 11 and Leah, 9, as well as by her parents, John and Barbara Staples of Topsham; two brothers, James N. Staples, of Falmouth Foreside and Philip C. Staples, of Arlington, Texas; and a sister, Carolyn Staples Plunkett, of Irvine, Calif.; other family relations include six nieces and nephews.

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