Portland, ME – Yolanda M. (Pesce) Smith, 82, of Portland and formerly of South Portland, died on Monday, December 24, 2012 at the Barron Center.
She was born in Portland, ME on September 20, 1930 a daughter of the late Carmine & Maria (Rega) Pesce. She grew up in Portland and attended local area schools.
Although raising children was her primary job, she did work for the State of Maine in the Employment Office and the Superior Court both in Portland.
Yolanda was an avid bowler, bowling in tournament as well as several leagues at Big 20 Bowling Center in Scarborough. She also enjoyed line dancing and spent much time at the Italian Heritage Center. She was also an excellent cook; her pot of spaghetti sauce on the stove every Saturday will be missed.
She is survived by four children John P. Smith and his wife Deborah of South Portland, Cecilia Nickerson and Pia Bibeau and her husband Perry both of Portland and Yolanda Mills and her husband Larry of Standish. She also leaves her nine grandchildren Zachary, Rachael, Kyle, Timothy, Regina, Christian, Maria, Sabrina and Gregory as well as her two great grandchildren Madison and Danielle, a sister Cecilia Pennisi of Lutz, FL, two brothers, Albert Pesce of Scarborough and Carmine Pesce of Portland, a daughter-in-law Mary Ellen Milliken-Smith of South Portland and numerous nieces and nephews. She was also the mother of the late Gregory Smith who died on September 3, 2001.
Yolanda’s family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the doctors and staff of the Barron Center for their care and support over the past two years.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Friday, December 28, 2012 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave, Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 72 Federal Street, Portland.
Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland, ME.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave. Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Yolanda’s guestbook.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to:
Barron Center Resident Fund
ATTN: Eileen Norton
1145 Brighton Ave
Portland, ME 04102