- Orella Hilchey Chandler, 74, died peacefully December 27, 2016, at a Bangor hospital. She was born April 19, 1942, a daughter of Paul and Eva (Oakes) Collins.
Orella graduated from Old Town High School, class of 1960. She attended Mercy Hospital School of Nursing graduating in 1963 as a registered nurse. She spent most of her career at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor. She retired in 2008 after working 16 years at Acadia OB-GYN. In 1989, Orella graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelors of University Studies. She enjoyed reading, writing, needlecraft, quilting, and papercrafting.
She is survived by two children Diane Giarusso and her husband Joseph of Metheun, MA, and Paul Hilchey-Chandler of Bangor; a granddaughter Corey Giarusso of Methuen, MA; close friends Catherine Grant, Faith Delaney and Charles Chandler. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband Bryan F. Hilchey in 1976 and a brother George A. Collins.
A Celebration of Life service will be conducted 2 p.m., May 6, 2017, at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town, where friends may gather from 12 noon until time of service. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Bradley. Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Care of Maine c/o EMHS Foundation PO Box 931 Bangor, ME 04402