St. Simons Island, GA, and Houlton
- God gave wings to one of Woodie and Jo Ann Dunphy's loving daughters on March 31, 2017. Albertine Marie Dunphy, 46, joined her grandparents Renis and Angeline LeVasseur and Albert and Amanda Dunphy in Heaven on this day. Along with her parents, Albertine is survived by her sisters Renae Dunphy Lefay and sons Joshua Parks and Teddy Lefay of South Portland; Amanda Dunphy Murray, husband Dean, and children Mia, Max, Ian and Sam of Kennebunkport; and Fawn Dunphy and husband Michael Hale of Cape Elizabeth. She also leaves behind many dear friends known as her "Saint Simon's Island family" in Georgia, and many close aunts, uncles and cousins.
Albertine was a graduate of Houlton High School Class of 1988 and attended the University Maine at Orono where she studied sports medicine and athletic training. Albertine was a tremendous athlete and excelled on the soccer field, earning a Maine All State position her junior and senior years. She also excelled at basketball and softball for Houlton High School.
After spending ten years in Boise, Idaho, Albertine returned to the east coast and became active as a volunteer firefighter in Kennebunkport, and was a Reserve Officer with the Bridgton Police Department. She also worked for Hannaford Brothers in Loss Prevention, which led to her pursuing a career in Law Enforcement. She graduated in 2009 from The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Field Operations Academy Class 958, in Glynco, GA. Upon graduation, Albertine worked as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer in Highgate Springs, VT; CBP Team Leader and Intelligence Officer in Tucson, AZ; and then returned to the FLETC as a CBP Basic Training Instructor. Most recently, she was a CBP Supervisor and Driver Training Instructor at the FLETC with the Driver and Marine Division.
Albertine's greatest passion, however, was being present for her friends, family and others in need. She was the Chairperson for the Feds Feed Families program at the CBP Field Operations Academy, which is a program designed to help stock food banks and pantries, especially in the summer months when children are out of school. She had a talent for turning friends' "minor fix-it projects" into major DIY events, showing up with her tool belt ready for demolition. She loved to entertain and cook for others, as her family recipes and parties were often an anticipated conversation piece. Albertine will always be remembered for her "comedic paradoxism," her sense of humor was one of a kind and rumored to "make a sailor blush." She was compassionate beyond measure, and stood up for those that didn't have a voice. She loved her animals, especially Hank, Molly and MoFo Jones. She loved to spoil and prank her niece, nephews and friends' children, as well as family and everyone she had the pleasure to befriend. She cared deeply for her family and friends, who meant the world to her. She was and will always be loved by many, and missed dearly.
"Deciding what kind of human being you are today determines the legacy you will leave tomorrow." - Michael Nila
A celebration of Albertine's life will begin Friday evening, June 30, 2017, with visiting hours from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St. Houlton, ME. Her funeral will be held Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's of the Visitation Catholic Church, 112 Military St., Houlton, followed by interment at Evergreen Cemetery for the family. A gathering of family and friends will follow at the Houlton Lodge of Elks, 86 Main St. from 12:00-3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Albertine may be made to:
Houlton High School Alumni Scholarship Fund (houltonalumni.com) or The Roger Von Amelunxen Foundation (Support for families of fallen CBP officers), PO Box 660159, Fresh Meadows, NY 11366. Condolences and guest book: dunnfuneral.com
Published on  April 22, 2017