ELLSWORTH – Pauline Liberata Mary (Manzoli) Giffin Whitcomb, peacefully left her earthly home to join her heavenly family May 4, 2007, surrounded by her loving family. Pauline was born Jan. 12, 1921, in Salem, Mass., one of four children of the late Antonio Manzoli and the late Louisea Elizabeth (Massari) Manzoli, who immigrated from Italy in 1912. Pauline and her late husband, Samuel Thomas Giffin, raised their four children in Lynn, Mass., until Sam died in 1974. Pauline married her second husband, Elwin Reed Whitcomb, and moved to Florida. When Al died in 1985, Pauline remained in Florida until 1999. Then with encouragement from her family in Maine, Pauline moved to Ellsworth eight years ago. Sadness struck again when her eldest daughter, Marie Kennedy, died in 1999. While living in Maine, Pauline became a member of St. Joseph Church, Ellsworth and for five years was a volunteer for Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, something she loved doing very much. Pauline also loved dancing and for many years, while raising her children, she taught ballroom dancing at The Gordon’s Ballroom Studio, Lynn, Mass. In addition to her two husbands, Samuel T. Giffin and Elwin R. Whitcomb; and daughter, Marie (Giffin) Kennedy, Pauline was predeceased by her sister, Frances (Manzoli) Roberto; and her brother, Dominic Manzoli. Pauline is survived by her son and two daughters, Robert T. Giffin and his wife, Maureen, of Surry, Frances E. Kirvan and her companion, Charles Henning, of Williston, Vt., and Lillian M. Giffin of Ellsworth. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Bucci and her two daughters, Marianne and Dianne of Boynton Beach, Fla.; many other nieces and nephews; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grand-children; several very special friends, Joyce Schoppe, Anne Hayes, Anne Chandler, Barbara Sinclair, Lea and Ernest Beal and Donald Baril. The family of Pauline wishes to thank all of the “earth angels” at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital for the wonderful care and love they gave to her over the past several years. Thank you to her phenomenal doctors, Dr. Crowley, Dr. Nabozny, Dr. Maloney, Dr. Pentin, Dr. Mason, Dr. Christian and to all the hospital medical staff that took such good care of her when she was a patient. A very special thank you to Jayne Wixon and all the nurses at the Mary Dow Cancer Center. We would also like to express our sincere appreciation to the entire team of dietary, lab, x-ray, emergency department, registration, volunteers and all those who made such a difference in Mom’s life over the past eight years. Gratitude is also extended to the staff of Courtland Living Center for the exceptional care they bestowed on Mom for seven months. And a very loving thank you to the wonderful staff at Collier’s Nursing Home for being with Mom and her family this last month of her life, you made the transition so much easier on all of us. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at St. Joseph Church, Ellsworth, officiated by Fr. S. Mower. After the funeral Mass friends and family are invited to share memories and a celebration luncheon at the Father Kenny Center. A private burial will take place in Massachusetts at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Lifeline Scholarship Fund, 50 Union St., Ellsworth, ME 04605 or to Hospice of Hancock County, 14 McKenzie St., Ellsworth, ME 04605.
PAULINE LIBERATA MARY (MANZOLI) GIFFIN WHITCOMB
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:15 p.m.