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CALAIS - Margaret Mercedes DelMonaco, 88, died peacefully on December 1, 2015 at the Androscoggin Hospice House surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 30, 1926 in Bangor, Maine to James and Annie Maher.

Margaret attended schools in Milltown, N.B. In 1947. She received her nursing degree from Saint Mary's School of Nursing in Lewiston, ME, as a member of the Nurse Cadet Corp. She worked as an operating room nurse in the Calais and St. Stephen hospitals, along with private duty nursing.

Margaret was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church, holding many positions in their Catholic Women's Sodality. After her children were grown, Margaret's passion for golf obtained her a lifetime membership of the St. Croix Country Club, where she golfed until she was 85 years of age. She also enjoyed participating in bridge parties, reading and knitting - crafting many treasured items for her family.

Margaret is survived by her husband of 66 years, Edmund Sr., their children Anne Louise James and her husband Tom, and their children Christina, Matthew (Kylie) and Christopher James; Edmund Jr.'s wife and their children Amanda (John) Bell, Melinda and Meagan DelMonaco; Mary Beth Deane and her husband Bob and their children Doctor Courtenay (Doctor Andrew Loveitt) and Hillary Deane; 8 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, sister Mary Biddescombe; a very special sister-in-law Irva Maher, and dear friend Eleanor Clark.

Margaret was predeceased by her parents, James and Annie, brothers James, John, and Gerald Maher, and son, Edmund Jr.

Visiting hours will be held 6 - 9 p.m. Sunday, December 6, 2015 at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday in the funeral home with Father Kevin Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Calais Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to the Androscoggin Hospice House at 236 Stetson Road in Auburn, Maine, which offers outstanding care in a home-like environment for patients and their families. The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Androscoggin Hospice House for their wonderful dedication and compassion to Margaret and her family. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com
Published on  December 4, 2015
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