Andrea L. Wedge, 47: Lived life to the fullest

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SCARBOROUGH — Andrea L. Wedge, 47, died Sunday at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, in Scarborough, with her loving family by her side.

Wedge was born in Portland on Aug. 26, 1965, the daughter of Earl and Nancy Viles. She grew up in Portland and was a 1983 graduate of Portland High School.

She earned her associate degree from Thomas College in 1985. After graduating from college, Wedge began her career selling health insurance for Blue Cross/Blue Shield. While in college, she had met Dana Wedge, and they were later married on Nov. 4, 1989, at St. Patrick’s Church in Portland.

In 2006, Wedge was diagnosed with breast cancer and began her battle against the disease. Shortly after her diagnosis she joined the Maine Cancer Foundation to help bring awareness to the disease and raise money in support of cancer research. She also volunteered countless hours as part of a support group, counseling recently diagnosed breast cancer patients while silently continuing her own fight against the disease. She did both with grace and dignity. Wedge was also a founding board member of CAREBaskets, which provides support for new cancer patients.

Wedge enjoyed life to its fullest and brought smiles to everyone who met her. She always was the first to organize a get-together for family or friends, whether for birthday parties or her annual trip to a Jimmy Buffett concert. Her greatest joy, however, came through her two sons, of whom she was very proud and loved dearly. She enjoyed sitting with her friends at baseball, soccer and hockey games, watching her boys and telling others of their accomplishments.

Wedge is survived by her beloved husband of 24 years, Dana, of Scarborough; two sons, Mitchell E. and Griffin J. Wedge, of Scarborough; her parents, Earl and Nancy Viles, of Scarborough; two sisters, Julie A. Merrill and husband Gordon, of Portland, and Diana L. Vanier, of Scarborough; nephew Ryan G. Merrill; and two nieces, Carsyn L. and Isabella J. Vanier.

A Mass of Christian burial and interment at Calvary Cemetery were private.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Maine Center for Cancer Medicine and Gosnell House for their efforts and compassion during the past several weeks.

Those desiring may make a memorial donation in Wedge’s honor to the Maine Cancer Foundation, 170 U.S. Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105, or online at