BANGOR - Lorraine (Boucher) O'Donnell passed away quietly Jan. 29, 2013, at a Bangor healthcare center after a long illness. She was born Feb. 11, 1924, in New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of humble Acadian parents, Leon and Leda Boucher.
After graduation from Hotel Dieu St. Joseph in Cambelton, New Brunswick, she began her professional career as a registered nurse working at the small hospital in Van Buren. It was in that community she met and married Pierce "P.C." O'Donnell in July of 1945. Over a marriage of 50 years, they raised a family of 11 children. She often said her dreams had come true; that her family of seven sons and four daughters was one child shy of "the dozen" she had hoped for as a young girl. She was lovingly committed to her husband and children, and was grateful for the full life she had experienced. Lorraine had boundless energy and a love of life. She pursued with passion varied outside interests including skiing, ice skating, sewing, knitting, reading, singing and studying languages. She was a collector of books and generously gave them away to anyone who expressed a sincere interest in a particular subject. As a lifelong student she made time in her busy life for educational experiences, particularly foreign languages. She had a natural ability for working with fabric and yarn. This skill, combined with a special gift for creative design influenced many of her children to pursue careers in art. Throughout their early years her family enjoyed wearing her hand made hats, sweaters and tailored coats. Lorraine had a generous heart, giving quietly to many in times of need. Those who knew her sensed the warmth and caring she had for others experiencing difficulty in their lives. Her Bangor home and Bar Harbor summer camp were always welcoming and most always full of friends and family. She enjoyed the company of young people and they, in turn, enjoyed being with her. Our best memories of this wonderful mother will be the many times we enjoyed a cup of tea at her busy kitchen table, sharing a story, an opinion or an idea, knowing that any and all topics could be discussed without reservation in her presence without fear of judgment. Her love of life was inspiring to others. She had little regard for patterns, recipes and specific instructions, which often resulted in surprising outcomes. This aspect of her colorful personality has often been, and will continue to be, a subject of humorous storytelling in the O'Donnell family. She will be greatly missed by her "Skiing O'Donnells" and remembered dearly by all who were fortunate to know her and love her.
Lorraine was predeceased by her husband, Pierce C. O'Donnell of Bangor, in 1995. She leaves her family of 11 children, Robert D. O'Donnell and his wife, Donna, Claude P.M. O'Donnell and his wife, Dianne, Mathew P. O'Donnell and his wife, Pamela, Denise S. Burpee and her husband, Todd, Mark J. O'Donnell and his wife, Kathleen, Jennifer O'Donnell Pappas and her husband, Thomas, Sabrina Dutton O'Donnell, Mario R.H. O'Donnell, Bruno J. O'Donnell and his wife, Sandra, Christopher P. O'Donnell and Bridget A. O'Donnell. Lorraine will be remembered lovingly by her 13 grandchildren, Rogan O'Donnell, Brendan O'Donnell, Joshua O'Donnell, Katrina O'Donnell Hannan, Phaelon O'Donnell, Rory Burpee, Benjamin Burpee, Ryan O'Donnell, Gregory O'Donnell, Emily Pappas, Alexander Pappas, Alexandria Dutton, Pierce O'Donnell, Chanel O'Donnell and Sebastian O'Donnell. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren. She is survived by one brother, Fabian Boucher; and three sisters, Osanne Carroll, Delie Gatti and Rosita Ouellette.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St, Mary's Catholic Church, 768 Ohio St., Bangor. Those who wish to remember Lorraine in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Bangor Area Homeless Center, 263 Main St., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com