BANGOR – Lorraine J. Bridges, 84, wife of the late Herbert L. Bridges, died unexpectedly Jan. 20, 2013, at her home. She was born Dec. 21, 1928, in Pittsfield.
Lorraine graduated from Maine Central Institute and the University of Maine. She taught school in LaGrange. Lorraine enjoyed collecting items from yard sales, reading, camping and her family. She loved to go to Old Orchard Beach, which she did many times throughout her life.
Lorraine is survived by a son, Robert Bridges of St. Cloud, Minn.; two daughters, Jean LaRochelle and husband, Barry, of Carmel, and Debora Cross and husband, William, of Bangor; grandchildren, Shanan Johnston and husband, Greg, of Carmel, Joseph LaRochelle of Riverside, Calif., Gabrielle Goldforb and husband, Michael, of Vance, Ala., Morgan Bridges of St. Paul, Minn., Jenna and Lyndsey Cross of Bangor; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Brady, Joseph and Brooke Johnston of Carmel, and Trent LaRochelle of Riverside, Calif.; two brothers, Conrad and Gary Karam of Bangor; several nieces and nephews. Lorraine was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Herbert L. Bridges.
A memorial reception will be held 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor. Those who wish to remember Lorraine in a special way may make gifts in her memory to Maine Lung Association, 122 State St., Augusta, ME 04330. Condolences to the family may be expressed at