1919 – 2014

LEWISTON — Katherine M. Gamache, 94, of Lisbon Falls, passed away peacefully at d’Youville Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 12. She had been a resident there a year and a half.

She was born in Lisbon Falls on March 4, 1919, the daughter of John and Katherine Adams. She attended Lisbon Falls schools and graduated from Lisbon High School, Class of 1937. In June 1940, she married Clifford A. Gamache of Lisbon; they had one son, Daniel.

Katherine worked at the Worumbo Textile Mill as a sewer, until the mill closed. She then furthered her education and became an insurance secretary for a short time, after which Katherine took the civil service exam and was hired as a purchasing agent at the commissary at Brunswick Naval Air Station. She worked there for 20 years, retiring at the age of 67. Katherine lived her whole life in the house she was born in.

She was an expert at crocheting and enjoyed painting, especially religious pictures. She was a devout Catholic; she was a member of St. Cyril and Methodius Church of Lisbon Falls and later at Holy Trinity Church.

Katherine’s parents were immigrants from Slovakia. She was always very proud of her Slovak heritage and spoke fluent Slovak. In the 1950s, she was involved with the Slovak Catholic Association of Lisbon Falls as the instructor for the girls drill and gymnastics team, taking them to competitions in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., as well as all around New England.

She was an avid Red Sox fan, going to many games in Boston with her longtime friend and classmate, Margaret Marchak. She enjoyed watching her granddaughters play sports at Lisbon High School and softball for the University of Maine. Everyone called her Baba.

Katherine is survived by her son, Daniel Gamache and his wife, Phyllis, of Lisbon Falls; her granddaughters, Angel Tibbetts and Katherine Shumway and her husband, Matthew; four great-grandchildren, Jack, Levi, Annabelle and Lyla; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Clifford in 1959; a sister, Mary Adams Doboga; and three brothers, John, Andrew and Michael Adams.

You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the Gamache family by visiting their guest book at www.crosmanfuneralhome.com.

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