PORTLAND – Annette Butler Solebello, 58, died peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at her home after a lengthy, brave battle with colon cancer. She was born in Belfast, the daughter of Louise Holmes Butler and Albert Butler. She graduated from Belfast Area High School in 1971 and the University of Southern Maine in 1975 with a degree in education. Later she received her master’s degree from the University of Southern Maine as well. She began teaching in the Belfast school system until moving to the Portland area in 1986. Most recently she taught in the Falmouth school system until her retirement in 2005. Annette’s greatest joy was watching her triplets grow into the accomplished adults they are today. She always had a sparkle in her eyes when talking about their many achievements and was so very proud of each of them. Annette was an amazing teacher, always putting the needs of her students in the forefront. Just as she touched each student’s life, they also touched hers in return. She was fond of the long-lasting friendships she made with her fellow teachers at the Falmouth school system. Annette, affectionately known as Nettie to her friends, was an avid bicyclist and spent many days cycling, sometimes as many as 100 miles in a day, while whistling the entire way. Nothing could dampen her happy demeanor. Many laughs were shared while bicycling with her close friends. She also loved golf, kayaking, hiking, and doing crossword and Sudoku puzzles. She was always up for a mental challenge. Her love for history was ever present, and she enjoyed many trips with her sisters and her life partner of 24 years, Lynn Sullivan. Annette is survived by her partner, Lynn Sullivan; her mother, Louise Butler of Belfast; her children, Marc Solebello of South Portland, Kyle Solebello of Westbrook and Marlana Solebello of Ashland, N.H.; her sisters, Elaine Jaffin of Rochester, N.H., and Jeanne Brigham of Topsham; and her brother, Donald Butler of Las Vegas. Visiting hours will be held 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at Independent Death Care of Maine, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland, with a celebration of Annette’s life beginning 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the scholarship fund that has been set up in Annette’s name. Contributions may be sent to Falmouth Superintendent’s Office, care of Annette Solebello Scholarship Fund, 51 Woodville Road, Falmouth, ME 04105. To offer words of condolence, sign a guest book and share memories, go to the obituary page at www.independentdeathcare.com.
ANNETTE BUTLER SOLEBELLO
Posted Dec. 05, 2010, at 8:15 p.m.