AUBURN — Carmelle U. Lamarre Belanger, 96, formerly of Lewiston, passed away peacefully on the evening of Friday, March 10, at the Clover Manor in Auburn, where she had been a resident since 2011. Her family was with her throughout the day to surround her with love and affection and to share fond memories.

Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends, and she was loved and adored by everyone who knew her.

The youngest of six children, she was born in Brunswick on July 24, 1920, to Napoleon and Marie Louise Guerette Lamarre. She was educated in Lewiston schools and worked in Auburn shoe shops. In a double wedding ceremony on June 29, 1940, she married Arthur R. “Lou” Belanger and her sister, Irene, married Leon “Spark” Pellerin.

Lou and Carmelle owned and operated two well-known restaurants in Lewiston, Lou’s Place and Lou’s Den. They also owned standardbred racehorses, which were kept at the former Lewiston racetrack. She was a member of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Prince of Peace Parish.

She is survived by her daughter, Joanne, and husband, Ron Bouchard; her sons, Richard and his wife, Sandra, Raymond and his wife, Eileen, and Roger and his longtime friend, Denise Keene: nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a very dear friend, Madeleine Bilodeau.

She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years; and her siblings, Marie Coulombe, Jeanne Gilbert Lucille Tetu, Irene Pellerin and Emilien Lamarre.

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Carmelle Belanger

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