SOUTH PORTLAND — Mae A. Hanlon, 95, died peacefully at home on Aug. 10.
She was born in 1918 in Lewiston, a daughter of Daniel J. and Lillian M. Minnehan. She graduated from Lewiston High School with the class of 1936.
She married Samuel O. Hanlon in April 1941 in Tamworth, N.H. Until his death, she was a stay-at-home mom who was always busy raising her family. She took pride in preparing a homemade dessert each day.
Hanlon was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in South Portland, and was a founding member of the St. John’s Women’s Council and the Lincoln School PTA.
She worked in the hospitality business for many years, starting at the Poland Spring House and finishing her career at St. Joseph’s Manor as a pastry chef at the age of 76. After her retirement Hanlon continued to work as a volunteer aid in child care and as a foster grandparent.
Her greatest joy was to have family and friends visit, whether it was for a short stay or an extended period of time. She graciously welcomed everyone to share her home. Hanlon also enjoyed going to “club” at the South Portland Recreation Center on Monday afternoons to play Beano.
She was predeceased by her husband in 1973; her parents; three sisters, Sadie Meader, Ethel McDonald and Muriel Taylor; and two grandchildren, Arlene and Sammie Huff.
She is survived by her daughter, Lillian M. Hanlon of South Portland; four sons, Lawrence C. Hanlon and his wife Donna, of Naugatuck, Conn., Terrence J. Hanlon and his wife Carolyn, of Chapman, Brian G. Hanlon and his wife Kathy, of South Portland, and Kenneth D. Graham and his wife Susan, of North Waterboro; 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Friday at St. John the Evangelist Church in South Portland, followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery.
For those who wish, donations may be made in Hanlon’s memory to the South Portland Food Cupboard, P.O. Box 2892, South Portland, ME 04116-2892.