PORTLAND — Santa Maria “Dolly” Troiano, 88, died peacefully June 11, surrounded by her family.
She was born Sept. 12, 1926, in Portland, the daughter of Pasquale and Antoinette Mastromatteo Troiano. She attended local schools and was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
As a young woman she worked as a colorist for a local photographer, and soon developed an interest herself in photography. Her family later joked about the fact that “if Aunt Dolly didn’t take pictures, none of us would know what we looked like as children!”
Troiano also worked at Fairchild Semiconductor in South Portland for many years.
She never married, but was devoted to her family and loved children, especially her many nieces and nephews. She was known for her generous heart and helpful nature.
Troiano also was known for her singing voice. As a young girl, she sang in her church shows, and went on to later make a music record. She even turned down an offer for a professional singing audition in Boston. Years later, when asked to sing, she would always oblige happily.
She was predeceased by her parents; her sisters, Priscilla Prince, Mary Navarro and Lucia Pio; and her brothers, Gerald Troiano and Ralph Troiano.
Prayers were scheduled to be recited at A.T. Hutchins Funeral & Cremation Services, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland, on Tuesday, June 16, at 8:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial was scheduled to be celebrated that morning at 9:30 a.m., at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 72 Federal St., Portland.
Interment was to follow at Old Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.
Troiano’s family would like to extend special thanks to the nursing staff at the Barron Center, Third Floor South, for their care and support during her stay.