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STETSON - Donna M. Vachon, 80, died Friday April 8, 2016, after a brief illness. She was born June 22, 1935, in Bangor, the daughter of George Wendell and Elizabeth (Millett) Phillips.

She was a graduate of John Bapst High School, class of 1954. She was a real estate broker and later became a surgical technician at Maine Medical Center in Portland, a job she dearly loved and had a great talent for. She was married on June 14, 1956, in Bangor, to Joseph Vachon Jr. of Saco. They then moved to San Francisco, Calif., as part of a U.S. Naval deployment, and started their family. She lived in many places including, San Francisco, Brockton, Mass., and Saco (Ferry Beach). She wintered for many years in Englewood, Fla., and was a frequent volunteer for the communities in which she lived, including her final home in Stetson. Donna's greatest passions in life were her family and life itself. She was a wonderful mother and a kind, loving and ever- positive influence in her children's and grandchildren's lives. She once said "There isn't anything about motherhood that I don't love, I love it ALL." As a result, her children loved her beyond words. Her love of life was also expressed through her many talents and hobbies of which her favorites were down-hill skiing and reading. She would say, "My body may be aging, but I'm still 15 years old in my mind, with much ahead of me." She loved to travel and did so extensively throughout the U.S., the Canadian Maritimes and abroad.

Surviving are, her husband of nearly 60 years, Joseph; her son, Joseph Vachon III and wife, Lynda Collins Vachon, of Toronto, and grandchildren, Leia, Diane and Joseph IV; her son, Nicholas Vachon and wife, Dorothy (Foster) Vachon, of Ellsworth, and grandchildren, Gabriel, Rosehannah and Isabelle; her daughter, Cherie Vachon-Harris and husband, Alan Harris, of Hampden, and grandchildren, Katherine and Matthew; and her son, Matthew Vachon and wife, Genelle (Tanos) Vachon, of Springfield, Va., and grandchildren, Natalie and Jack. She was to her great sadness predeceased this year on Feb 21, by her beloved sister, Mary "Ann" Nadeau of Bangor. Her younger sister, Judy Strang, lives in Brewer. Donna's welcoming smile, warmth and quick wit will be sorely missed by all of those who were fortunate to have known her.

Arrangements for immediate family only. Condolences to the family may be place via the Legacy.com guest book, attached to Donna's obituary at http://obituaries.bangordailynews.com/obituaries/bdnmaine/.
Published on  April 12, 2016
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