Dorothy L. Charest

1929 – 2009

HARPSWELL — Dorothy L. Charest, 79, of Lewiston, passed away peacefully at her summer home in Harpswell with family members by her side, on Tuesday, June 30, after a long illness.

She was born in Lewiston, on July 26, 1929, the daughter of Noel and Marie Carrier. Educated in local schools, she was a graduate of Lewiston High School, Class of 1948, and also attended Mid State Business College.

On April 7, 1951, she married Gerard (Gerry) L. Charest at Holy Family Church in Lewiston and together they raised four children. She first worked for a number of years in the office at Lamey-Wellehan, and was employed for more than a decade as a supervisor at Arrow-Hart Manufacturing. She finished her working career at Fleet Bank Operations Center before retiring.

Dot and Gerry traveled to many locations, including cruises and a trip to Greece. They built retirement homes in Harpswell and Fort Myers, Fla. She was an avid card player and could often be found engaged in a card game and whether playing at the Multi Purpose Center, at home, or elsewhere, she played to win.

Many days you could enter her home and be greeted by the wonderful sent of fresh baked goods and she found great pleasure in cooking for family and friends. She took particular delight in hand crafting knitted items which will be long cherished by the recipients. Also, she was an enthusiastic fan of the New England Patriots.

A member of Holy Family Parish, she is survived by her husband of Lewiston; a son, Marc and wife, Patricia, of Cape Coral, Fla.; three daughters, Therese and husband, Donald Poulin, of Lewiston, Denyse and husband, Regan Melanson, of North Fort Meyers, Fla., and Sonya Charest of Lewiston; two sisters, Carmen and husband, Marcel Charest, of Lewiston and Doris Cormier of Sabattus; seven grandchildren, Denis and David Ouellette, Nathan, Justin, Troy and Eric Melanson, and Vanessa Charest; and three great-grandchildren, Lennon, Delaney and Tanner. She will be greatly missed.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff members at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Dr. Chase’s office in Brunswick for their excellent care over the years.

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