SOUTH PORTLAND – Mary “Ginny” Carr, 89, of Massachusetts Avenue, South Portland, passed away at The Gosnell House in Scarborough on Sept. 7, 2013, with her daughter by her side. She was born in December of 1923, in Greenville, to Hilda and Fred Genest.
Ginny attended school in Greenville and worked at The Log Cabin Restaurant serving the loggers who came through town. She loved music, dancing and ice-skating in her younger days. She would fill in on drums at the dances so brother, Fred, could take a break and take his girl for a spin on the dance floor. She also enjoyed playing piano. She married bandleader, the late Francis Ronco, in 1940 and they began raising their two sons, Douglas and Dana.
She left her northern roots and came to Portland in 1947 and lived at Willard Beach for a time. She had various jobs at shoe factories, Maine Egg and Dunkin Donuts. She met her second husband, Raymond Carr, while roller-skating. They were married in January of 1952 and had a daughter, Raylene.
Ginny was a very spirited lady with a strong work ethic. She had a great flair for fashion and loved to dress up for the holidays. She was a fabulous cook and was always trying out new recipes. Saturday night was always baked bean night and followed by Saturday night sing-a-longs. She was very devoted to her family, work and especially her faith. She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist in South Portland for 50 years and was very active in the church. She was a member of St. Vincent De Paul and devoted much of her time to help others in need. She was saddened to learn in these last years that her beloved church would be closing this year. The family is overwhelmed to learn that her service at St. John will be the last.
She retired from the Maine Medical Center after 10 years on the operating room floors as an Anesthesiology Technician.
She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond Carr; stepson, Raymond Carr; brothers, Harry, Fred Jr. and Dana Genest; and daughter-in-law, Barbara Ronco.
She is survived by her three children; daughter, Raylene Carr and Michael Canavan of North Waterboro; son, Douglas Ronco and Connie of Winterport; son, Dana Ronco of Saco; stepdaughter, Rose Seger of Sheldon Springs, Vt.; sister-in-law, Mary Genest of Greenville; six grandchildren, Brad Bannon of Knoxville, Tenn., Michelle Hople of Bangor, Simone Fotheringham of Asheville, N.C., Ron Ronco of Saco, Rhonda Hitchcock of Windham and Gary Ronco of South Portland; four great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Ginny’s neighbors in Sunset Park for watching out for her in her later years, Dr. Daniel Loiselle of Intermed, South Portland Fire and Rescue and Joanne Elkanich who prayed and gave communion to Ginny when she was no longer able to attend services.
Visiting hours will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 611 Main St., South Portland. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ginny’s memory to: The Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 180 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.