LEWISTON — Ruth D. Caron, 97, formerly of 62 McNamara St., Lewiston, died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 12, at d’Youville Pavilion, where she had been a resident for the past 7 months.

Born in Lewiston on Dec. 4, 1919, she was the daughter of Floyd and Olivette Martel Donnell. She attended Lewiston schools, graduated from Lewiston High School, Class of ‘37. Ruth worked as a winder in the local textile industry, and also worked as an Avon representative, Lewiston Sun Journal, and retired from WS Libbey Co. in 1984.

On June 1, 1939, she married Donald Klemanski, who passed away Dec. 1, 1993. She married her second husband, Sylvio Caron, on July 3, 1988. He passed away June 30, 2010.

Ruth was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. In her younger years, Ruth was active in the Salvation Army’s League of Mercy, ran rummage sales and served as the rummage director of the local Salvation Army for many years. She enjoyed visiting the local nursing homes in her spare time to visit with residents.

Survivors include five sons, Ret. Major Donald S. Klemanski Jr, and wife Priscilla of Windham, Michael Klemanski Sr, and companion Barbara Casper of Lewiston, Ret. Major Francis Klemanski, and wife Sherrie of Midway, Ky., Lt. Col. Guy Klemanski, and wife Henrie of Galena, Ohio, and Terrance Klemanski and wife Regina of Lewiston, and one daughter, Penny Letourneau, of Concord, N.H., a cousin, Charles “Buzzy” Donnell, of Wakefield, Mass., a niece, Patricia Donnell Hesse and husband Robert of Oxford, 23 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and two husbands, she was predeceased by a brother, Charles Donnell, of Shalimar, Fla., two sisters-in-law, Yvette Donnell and Juliette Dargie, and a niece, Doris Dargie. Donations, condolences and a video tribute may be found online at www.albert-burpee.com.

Ruth D. Caron

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