Josephine MacVane, 92

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Josephine MacVane, 92, died Feb. 19, at her home in South Portland, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Portland, Oct. 26, 1921, the daughter of Joseph Tashorty and Reba Warsaw.

She was a daily Communicant at Holy Cross Church for more than 60 years, teaching religious education for more than 30 years, and hosting a Bible study group in her home for many years. She was a talented seamstress and derived great joy in the making of beautiful vestments for the priests at Holy Cross Church. She worked as a welder in local shipyards building Liberty ships during World War II.

She was the wife of Ernest W. MacVane Sr.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Ann MacVane; son, Ernest W. MacVane Jr. and wife Jan MacVane, of South Portland; grandchildren, Daniel Dunn, Steven Manganello, Lisa Manganello, Anthony Manganello, Ernest MacVane III, Michelle Page, Jennifer Silver and Michael MacVane; nineteen great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Robert MacVane and wife Louise; many nieces and nephews that she deeply loved; and numerous lifelong friends. She was also known as nana to Ron Mackay.

Relatives and friends were invited to visiting hours Feb. 23, at Conroy-Tully Crawford, South Portland. Prayers recited at the South Portland Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Cross Church, 124 Cottage Road, South Portland. Burial held in Calvary Cemetery, followed by a reception at Father Concannon Parish Hall, St. Maximilian Church, Scarborough.

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