Violet's Story

MATTAWAMKEAG - Violet "Vi" Pettengill died peacefully at home on December 29th with son Roger and his wife Marianne by her side. She was born January 9, 1920 daughter of Frank and Bessie (Bowley) Knight. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by husband Lawrence S. "Larry" Pettengill, Infant sister Shirley, sister Mildred Grillo, brother Francis Knight, nephew Peter Pettengill. She is survived by son Roger and his wife Marianne of New York, sister-in-law Vera Thibeau of Bangor, many cousins around the country, nieces Cynthia and Melanie Pettengill. nephews Frank Grillo and George, David and Larry Pettengill, extended family Dawn, Ben and Calliope in London, England, Micheal in CA and the Nitopi family in New Jersey, especially Stephanie who Vi loved as a granddaughter.

Vi taught school for 44 years, mostly first grade and mostly in Mattawamkeag and East Millinocket. In retirement she was very active, and as late as 2012 she even mowed her own lawn and cleared her deck of snow so she could feed the birds. She also enjoyed hiking into Sandy Stream Pond in Baxter State Park for moose watching. Weather permitting she would do a mile or more walk every day. She also volunteered her time at the town office. Her signature energetic walking was recognized and admired by townspeople.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed completing the daily crossword puzzle. One of her biggest joys in retirement was seeing or hearing from her former students and co-workers whether it be at Mattawamkeag school reunions, meeting them while shopping or visits with them on her porch.

She lived a full life, a good life and touched many people with her humor, charm, spunk and grit.

She will be fondly remembered by her many friends, especially Steve, Brian, Lynn & Tom, Diane, Kristi, Jodi, Corris, Debra and Bessie.

In accordance with Vi's wishes there will be no service. There will be an informal celebration of her life at the Mattawamkeag Municipal Building Friday January 2nd between 1:00 and 3:00 PM. All who knew her in any way are welcome.

Those who wish may sign an online register and leave written condolences at
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