OLD TOWN AND APPLETON – Rita A. Currier, 75, died peacefully June 16,2014. She was born in Caribou, April 13, 1939, a daughter of Edward Levesque and Eva (Bell) and was raised by her Eva and stepfather Donald Gregory.
Rita was employed at Kagan-Lown Company for 36 years and then worked at Orono Commons for several more years until retiring. Valentine’s Day, 2010 signified the beginning of a strong connection with Vern Pease, and in the past four years they have built a lifetime of happiness. Together, they shared a love for country music, dancing and a deep fondness for each other’s company whether it be in the kitchen canning or outside at the woodpile. A special song “Just Beyond the Moon” continued to strengthen their love and friendship during their final days together. Rita was most at home at the farm in Appleton with Vern and their dog Spot.
She is survived by her significant other, Vernon Pease; two daughters, Betty and her husband, David Chase and Michelle and her husband, William Lee St. John; nine siblings, Vaughn Levesque, Donald Levesque, Lorraine Caron, Walter Levesque, Margaret Shorettte, Carmela LaRiche, Judy Robinson, Gertrude Cicero, and Richard Leveque and their spouses; three grandchildren, David, Justin and Jason Chase; many nieces and nephews. Rita developed a strong bond with Vern’s family and other friends in Appleton as well as life time friendships with many close friends. She was predeceased by her parents, and siblings, Marlene Treadwell, Paul Levesque and Pearly Levesque. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. A. Merrill Garrett, Jen Gasaway, RN, and all the staff at Cancer Care of Maine for the compassionate care given to Rita for the past 13 years.
A celebration of Rita’s Life will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday at the Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town, where friends may gather from 12 noon until time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Care of Maine, EMHS Foundation, PO Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931 www.emhsfoundation.org/donate/