Gertrude MacDonald Caiazzo, 95: Devoted mother, grandmother

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PORTLAND — Gertrude MacDonald Caiazzo, 95, died July 2 at Maine Medical Center following a brief illness.

Born in Portland on Dec. 11, 1915, the daughter of Archibald and Bridget Flaherty MacDonald, she attended local schools and graduated from the Cathedral High School in 1934.

On May 24, 1938, she married William E. Caiazzo at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Together they lived and raised their family in Portland.

A longtime homemaker, she was always busy caring for her children.

Her home was a frequent stopping point for officers of the Portland Police Department for a cup of coffee and a freshly baked treat or lunch.

She was an active member of the Cathedral School Mothers Club, a poll clerk for many years for the City of Portland and a regular participant of the Life Line Exercise Group at the University of Southern Maine.

Her hobbies included crocheting and making afghans for her children and grandchildren. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, and a special friend to many people.

She was a lifelong communicant of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

She was predeceased by her husband William on June 14, 1977, six sisters, Irene Vanier, Florence Elfstrom, Agnes MacDonald, Helen Meader, Kathleen “Kay” Carr and Margaret MacDonald, three brothers, Phillip, John and Samuel MacDonald, and a son-in-law, Luigi DiFazio.

Surviving are her two daughters, MargaretAnn and her husband Richard L. Foshay of Scarborough, and Carmela DiFazio of Portland; seven grandchildren, Renee Dimillo, Luigi DiFazio, III, Bridget Ober, William Foshay, Anthony Foshay, Sarah Foshay and Kimberly DiFazio; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, July 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland.

Prayers will be recited at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland.