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NEWCASTLE – Mary Elizabeth "Sally" Fitzpatrick, 96, died peacefully Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at home. Sally was born July 23, 1914, in Cleveland, the oldest child of Leon C. and Katherine (Carr) Harding.

Sally was a member of the first four-year class to graduate from John Bapst High School, Bangor, in 1932. After high school she attended Castine Normal School and later worked for the WPA, Augusta. In 1936 she married Joseph Fitzpatrick, who predeceased her in 1978. They were married for 42 years and together they raised a family of six daughters and two sons, and successfully ran a construction company in the Bangor area. They especially enjoyed many years at their Green Lake cottage, as well as their hobby of racing harness horses. In her later years, Sally lived in the Kennebunk area until her move to Newcastle in 2003. Sally’s family meant the world to her and her to them.

She is survived by daughters, Elizabeth Gerding of Newcastle, Sylvia and husband, Ed Libby, of Camden, Catherine and husband, Jim Pierce, of Amelia Island, Fla., Mary and husband, Jim McGrath, of Newcastle, with whom she made her home, Dorothy and husband, Donald Tarzia, of Hingham, Mass., and Ruth and husband, Laurent Rioux, of Edgecomb; by her sons, Joseph and wife, Diane, of Alfred and Ed and wife, June, of Kennebunkport; a sister, Marie Costello of West Hartford, Conn.; as well as 30 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren. The family thanks Miles Home Health and Hospice and her caregivers for providing compassionate care and comfort to her in her last days.

Calling hours will be held 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Newcastle. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Bolivian Missions, care of Peter Harding, 3 Knoll Lane, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta. Condolences and messages for the family may be expressed by visiting

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