Pittston-Velva J. Lamoreau, 91, died on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at her daughter’s residence.
She was born on June 6, 1927 in St. John Plantation, Maine the daughter of John and Cora Gardner.
Velva attended schools in the Allagash through the 8th grade. Her family migrated to central Maine. As an adult, she attended night school at Gardiner Area High School to attain her high school diploma. She retired from the State of Maine having worked many years at the Maine State Hospital. She and her husband, Charles, Sr. ran a boarding home for many years caring for first State patients, then Veterans. They made the boarders an integral part of their big family and taught their children many valuable lessons through the years of their service. Their home was a real home to the people that came into their home.
She was an exceptional person to all who knew and loved her. She was a strong woman, a faithful believer in God and the teachings of the Bible. She tried to instill this faith in her children and grand-children. She enjoyed camping, fly fishing, making bread, card and board games, family gatherings and listening to hymns. To the children she was known as “Gram,” “Grammy,” and even “Crazy Grammy Lamoreau of Pittston” for her wit, spirit and the joy she took in playing tricks on the grand and great-grandchildren. Most recently, she was referred to as “Grammy Larrio” due to Lamoreau being a difficult name for a toddler to pronounce.
Velva was and will continue to be loved and missed by her family and others who knew her.
Velva was predeceased by her parents, husband Charles Lamoreau, brothers Bernard Gardner, Glazier Gardner, sisters Beaula Gardner, Elizabeth Gardner, brother in-law and fishing buddy Hubert Carter Sr., son in-laws Fred Falvo Sr., and Cedric Novy.
She is survived by her daughters Sharon Falvo of Pittston, Ellen Novy of West Gardiner, Betty Tibbetts and husband Larry of Topsfield, Brenda Degen and husband Barnie of Gardiner, son's Charles Lamoreau Jr and wife Barbara of Winthrop, John Lamoreau Sr., and wife Diane of Monmouth, Robert Lamoreau and wife Marlene of Pittston, Paul Lamoreau Sr., and wife Karen of West Gardiner, sister Eunice Carter of Augusta, sister in-law Elizabeth Lamoreau of Lincoln, 33 grandchildren, many great grandchildren a few great great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Monday, July 30th from 4 to 7pm at the funeral home. A funeral service will take place on Tuesday, July 31st at 10am at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Ridge Cemetery, Bowdoinham. A gathering following graveside the service will be at American Legion on Carding Machine Road, Richmond.
Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357.