1959 – 2014

AUBURN — Vivian (Vickie) St.Onge, 54, of Greene, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, after a three year battle against breast cancer at Hospice House in Auburn.

Vivian was born August 13, 1959, in Lewiston, the daughter of late Omer and Yolande Rodrigue. An alumni of Lewiston High School, she married Daniel St.Onge in 1979 at Holy Cross Church in Lewiston. They built their home together in Greene where they have lived since 1985.

Vivian lived every moment in the present and served as an inspiration to others to chase their goals and dreams. She lived her dream through the lives she touched and the breadth of her service to our community as a small business owner, Holy Family Church youth group leader, was elected as a Maine State Representative from the 64th District during the 115th and 116th Legislature and worked as a lobbyist. She pivoted to the medical field after going back for her degree at CMMC College of Nursing and worked as an acute care nurse at St. Mary’s and later as an oncology nurse at CMMC, both hospitals in Lewiston. When she spoke of her life ambitions, her character and desire to connect with people her feelings were captured when she admitted, “I miss politics, but I miss my patients more.”

Vivian was a strong, resilient, caring and beautiful person. She was very involved as a community advocate/fundraiser, an artist of many sorts, and an outdoor/athletic enthusiast. She was a woman on a move with a mission whether it was her next educational goal, fundraising goal or sewing project. She was a veteran of the Trek Across Maine, Tour de Cure and many other charity rides. Vivian raised tens of thousands of dollars for the American Lung Association of Maine, the American Diabetes Association, and the Patrick Dempsey Center for Hope and Healing. Vivian and her husband enjoyed their time with family and friends enjoying the outdoors cycling, camping, kayaking and cross country skiing.

She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Dan St.Onge; daughter, Deanna Pleskach and her husband, Ryan, a granddaughter, Eleanor of Syracuse, N.Y.; son, Eric St.Onge with Shannon Gordon, a grandson, Luke, of Sanford; sisters, Susan Donovan and her husband, Al, of Greene; Kathy Jacques and her husband, Mike, of Austin, Texas; Theresa Pushard with her family of Gardner; brother, Carl Rodrigue and his wife, Cathy, of Chandler, Ariz.; many nieces and nephews; her golden retriever, Anika; and the countless lives she touched.

She and her family express their sincere gratitude to her medical teams and volunteers at CMMC, Parkview Hospital, and the Androscoggin Hospice House for their endless care, support and compassion.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Vivian’s life by visiting her guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.

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