MILLINOCKET – Ruth Eleanor “Tootsie” Pelletier passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, surrounded by her family and friends at a local hospital after a brief illness. She was born July 15, 1924, in Millinocket, daughter of William and Lottie (Coolong) Pelkey. Tootsie attended school in Millinocket, where she lived all her life. In the 1940s she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” at the shipyard in Portland, tacking Liberty Ships during wartime. Tootsie was well known in Millinocket as a person who was always doing something for others. Many local folks have enjoyed public suppers expertly prepared by Tootsie and her constant companion, Delores Stewart, and their capable crew of helpers. She loved her family and friends – she had many – and loved to play bingo, which she called Beano. Tootsie was an active member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, a 60-year member of American Legion Post No. 80 Auxiliary and a former member of Millinocket Elks Emblem Club. She will be sadly missed by those whose lives she touched. Tootsie was someone special to everyone she knew and she made others feel like the most important person in the world to her. She was predeceased by her first husband, Maurice Michaud of Winn; her second husband, Rene Pelletier of Millinocket; her sister, Marie Michaud of Millinocket; brothers, Larry Pelkey of Milford and Maynard Pelkey of Millinocket; and granddaughter, Jacqui Pelletier of Berlin, N.H. She is survived by her sisters, Mildred “Bobbie” Mattall of Millinocket and Leona “Rosie” Fitzgerald of Millinocket; brothers, William B. Pelkey of Spokane, Wash., and Chester Pelkey of East Millinocket; her son, Robert “Bob” Pelletier and wife, Sharon, of Berlin, N.H.; daughter, Dianne Smith and husband, Dan, of Hillsboro, N.H.; grandchildren, Stephanie Pelletier of Dunedin, Fla., William and Jennifer Britting of Auburn, Christopher Britting of Auburn, Anthony Luckern of Berlin, N.H., Sean Pelletier, aboard the USS Ramage in the Atlantic, and Michelle L’Heureux of Berlin, N.H.; great-grandchildren, Harmony Rene Pelletier Roman of Dunedin, Fla., and Leah Britting of Auburn; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, including Delores Stewart and Bill and Donna Rush. Her family and friends extend sincere gratitude and thanks to all the staff at Millinocket Regional Hospital, and to Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Herbert for her excellent care. Friends are invited to visit with the family 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, of Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, 19 Colby St., Millinocket. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Tootsie may be sent to Katahdin Area Support Group, 10 Field St., Millinocket, ME 04462. Messages of condolence may be expressed at “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” – Eskimo Proverb