1950 – 2016

AUBURN — Patricia M. Lacasse, 65, of Lewiston died Tuesday, May 3, at the Hospice House.

She was born in Lewiston on Sept. 3, 1950, and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1968. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Machias in 1972. She taught kindergarten in Eastport for 10 years before her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis forced her into early retirement. Her career may have been brief, but she gained the hearts of many youngsters. Her very first class of students dedicated their high school yearbook to her when they graduated.

Pat went on to spend several good years living at the Roak Block in Auburn where she was able to enjoy some independence. She endured her condition with courage and never complained. Despite her difficult situation, she always had a smile for her visitors.

Survivors include her mother, Lorraine Lacasse, now residing in Fort Kent; three sisters, Pauline Patterson and her husband, Jim, of Venice, Fla., Joanne Fortin and her husband, Dick, of Fort Kent, and Claire Murray and her husband, Jim, of Millbury, Mass.; six nephews, Bill, Scott, Sean, Tom, Zachary and Peter; five grandnieces, Sierra, Piper, Emma, Willa and Brenna. She also leaves behind her devoted companion of 30 years, Bill Paradis.

She was predeceased by her father, Maurice, in 2010; and her sister, Susan, in 1982.

The family would like to express our gratitude to the Hospice House for their compassionate care at Pat’s time of need.

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