LAGRANGE – Winona “Winnie” I. Roberts, 78, passed away quietly Nov. 30, 2012, surrounded by her family at a Bangor hospital. She was born Dec. 13, 1933, daughter of Alvin and Hattie (Rolfe) Roberts.
Winnie worked for Dexter Shoe Co., Milo, as a hand-sewer for many years. In later years she worked at the corner store in LaGrange and was known for her wonderful cooking, especially her pies and fudge. She became known in LaGrange and surrounding towns as the “Candy Apple Lady,” and both kids and adults would flock to her house every Halloween just to get one. She was a force to be reckoned with but was loved by all. Winnie was happiest when she was with her family and looked forward to being all together on the holidays. She was very spontaneous. All her family learned never to say, “Toss me a roll” at the dinner table because she took that very literal and you had better be ready to catch it or you would get hit with it. Winnie had a wonderful sense of humor and always kept her family laughing.
Winona is survived by three sons, Edward Roberts and wife, Brenda, of Brownville Junction, Corey Roberts and partner, Barbara Willette, of LaGrange, and John Henry Theriault of Williamsburg; stepson, Gary Paradis and wife, Diane, of Vernon, Connecticut; stepdaughter, Theresa Leonard and husband, Gerald, of Lincoln; three sisters, Marlene Farrar of East Millinocket, Astrid Paulson of Templeton, Mass., and Suzanna Cleveland of Princeton, Mass.; eight grandchildren, Theresa Lovejoy and husband, Michael, of Williamsburg, Edward “Philip” Roberts and wife, Anne, of Sterling, Ill., Danielle and Corey “C.J.” Roberts of Bangor, Richard McKechnie and wife, Tammy, of Seboeis, David McKechnie and wife, Linda, of West Enfield, Debbie McKechnie Trask of Mattamiscontis Township, and John Henry Theriault Jr. of Connecticut; four great-grandchildren, Taylor Lovejoy of LaGrange, Michaela “Micki” Lovejoy of Williamsburg, Angelina Roberts of Brownville Junction, and Kenjilyn Ivy Roberts of Sterling, Ill.; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, six sisters and five brothers. The family thanks the staff at Eastern Maine Medical Center for the excellent care that they gave Winona for their compassion and care for the family.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Lary Funeral Home, Milo, where funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, with the Rev. Arthur Cotton officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, LaGrange. After burial friends are invited to LaGrange Fire Department to their remembrances of Winona with the family. Memorial contributions can be made to LaGrange Veterans Memorial Fund, Courtesy of LaGrange Town Office, P.O. Box 40, LaGrange, ME 04453. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.