Donna E. Robichaud, 78: New England sports fan who loved to dance

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PORTLAND – Donna Robichaud, 78, died at home Sept. 18, surrounded by loved ones, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Robichaud was born in Lynn, Massachusetts July 17, 1937, the daughter of Lester and Helen (Hayford) Hill.

She grew up in Portland and attended local schools, graduating from Old Cathedral High School with the class of 1955. Robichaud married the love of her life, Joseph Robichaud, in 1963.

Robichaud was an avid New England sports fan, and a season ticket holder to the original Maine Mariners and Portland Pirates hockey teams. She also loved dancing, working in her garden and traveling with her husband to her grandchildren’s sporting events.

Robichaud is survived by her husband, Joseph, of Portland; two sons, Paul Jacobsen and his wife, Xianmin, of Gray and Donald Robichaud and his wife, Mary, of Stephens City, Virginia; a daughter, Shelley Simpson, and her husband, Kerry, of Falmouth; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Paul Jacobsen Sr., and two sons, Michael Jacobsen and Kevin Robichaud.

Graveside services were held Sept. 24, at Pinegrove Cemetery in Falmouth.