PORTLAND — Rita N. Maiorano, 71, died June 1 at the Barron Center following a long illness; her loving family was by her side.
She was born Sept. 4, 1942, in Portland to an Irish family of seven. Her family later settled in South Portland. After graduating from South Portland High School in 1960, she began working in the insurance field at Unum Mutual Insurance.
On Sept. 16, 1967, she married her Willard Beach sweetheart, Thomas Maiorano. She left Unum in 1968 to start her family and settled into her roles as mother and business partner. She was the glue that held the family together.
In December 1971 she was instrumental in the start-up and running of Maiorano Electric Inc. and again in 1982 with Vieste Properties. She continued to assist with her husband’s businesses as well as returning to the insurance field.
After retiring, she enjoyed being a grandmother, Sunday dinners on Murray Street, and touring Europe. She was a loyal communicant at St. Peter’s Church in Portland and a member of the Sacred Heart Sodality.
She was predeceased by her parents, Anna and Michael Conley; brothers, Phil Conley, Thomas Conley and Frederick Conley; as well as her sister, Anna Flaherty.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Thomas Maiorano; daughters, Theresa M. Sawyer, of Portland, and Janice Maiorano St. John, of South Portland; son-in-law, Chris St. John; grandchildren, Julia St. John, Christopher St. John, Erin Sawyer, Joseph St. John and Sophia St. John; two sisters, Virginia Brogan, of South Portland, and Katherine Hayden; special brother-in-law, Edward Flaherty; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Ann Marie and her amazing staff at BC2 for the exceptional care they provided.
Visiting hours were held Tuesday at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, South Portland. Prayers will be recited at 8:15 a.m. at the funeral home on Wednesday, followed by an 9 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peters Church, 72 Federal St., Portland.
Those who wish, may make donations in her memory to, The Alzheimer’s Foundation at Alz.org.