CHARLENE EVANS O’KEEFE

Posted July 20, 2012, at 7:44 p.m.

OLD TOWN – Charlene Evans O’Keefe died April 27, 2012, at a Bangor health facility after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born June 13, 1993, the daughter of Joseph and Georgianna (Hachey) LaPlante of Old Town.

Charlene was an Old Town High School graduate, class of 1951, and had many close friends from her school days. In August 1951, she married her husband "Tommy" and after nine wonderful years in Lincoln they happily returned to their hometown, where they would spend the rest of their lives. Charlene loved her work at Candy Cane Nursery School with her dear friend Jan Klitch; and at Herbert Gray School, where she was a teacher aide/ secretary for 25 years. "Cha Cha’s" greatest joy was people, and her real passion was time spent with family and friends. She was a sparkling, loving, gentle soul who was thankful, thoughtful and fully content to be with those she loved.

She was predeceased by two devoted and loving husbands, Thomas L. Evans III and Wilfred Caleb O’Keefe; three brothers, Roland, Donald and Bernard LaPlante; a sister, Florence Mikutajcis; and a special niece, Marlene King. She is survived by her children, Marcia Evans of Sandy Point and Joel Evans and wife, Valentina, of Newburgh, N.Y.; a sister, Beverly Ferland of Gorham; and two sisters-in-law, Yvonne LaPlante of Milford and Charlotte Stone of Old Town. She also leaves numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren whom she loved dearly. Charlene’s best friend Yvonne Conners and her children were part of the family too. The family thanks the caring and wonderful staffs in the three facilities where Cha resided in her last years. Special thanks go to Robin Perault, nurse and dancing partner; and to the outstanding love and care that she received at Westgate Manor, Bangor.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at Parish of the Resurrection, Holy Family Church, Old Town, with a graveside service immediately after at Riverside Cemetery, Bennoch Road, Orono. A celebration of Charlene’s life will be afterward at Black Bear Inn, Orono. Donations in Charlene’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or visit www.alz.org. Condolences may be expressed at

www.birminghamfuneralhome.com.

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