Irene A. Nadeau

CASCO — Irene A. Nadeau, 89, passed away at her home on the morning of Dec. 8, 2010. Born in Waterville, Maine on March 30, 1921, she was the daughter of Philippe and Elizabeth (Wintle) Poulin.

Irene attended Waterville and Fairfield schools before going to work at the Hathaway Shirt and Keyes Fibre Companies. On July 1, 1946, she married Edward L. Nadeau and the couple would reside at State Fish Hatcheries in Greenville, Embden and Casco.

After Eddie’s retirement, she enjoyed spending summers at their Wilson Pond camp in Greenville, and winters in Dunnellon, Florida, before returning to Casco full-time.

Irene loved nature and Maine’s woods and lakes, especially those of the Greenville area. She would pick berries that would turn into jams and jellies, and gather fir tips that she made into scented pillows.

She loved to play card games, and until Eddie’s death in July, she enjoyed daily cribbage games with her husband of over 64 years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward; brothers, Louis and Norman Poulin; and her sister, Juliene Poirier.

She is survived by a daughter, Claire Hancock and her husband, Douglas of Damariscotta; three sons, Alan and his wife Bing of Poland Springs, Donald and his wife Kelly of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Larry and his wife Nona of Otisfield; seven grandchildren, Dusty Hancock, Cara Slifka, Heath Nadeau, Nicholas Nadeau, Derek Nadeau, Jenna Nadeau and Nathan Nadeau; as well as three great-grandchildren, Tatum Hancock, Sadie Hancock and Sidney Slifka.

A service will be held at the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 11:00 a.m. She will be laid to rest with her husband at the Maine Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Augusta.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong- Hancock Funeral Home 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543. Condolences, and messages for the family, may be expressed by visiting:

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