Venise Lewis, 92

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BRUNSWICK — Venise Lewis, 92, of Hawthorne Street, died March 25 at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Brunswick on Oct. 25, 1922, the daughter of Charles Jr. and Eva Gamache Charron.

She attended St. John’s School and graduated from Brunswick High School in 1941. On June 1, 1946, she married Fred Lewis, who died Jan. 1, 2003.

Venise was a homemaker, a payroll clerk at Varney Mill for 10 years, and a bookkeeper for 13 years at Maine Hardware, from which she retired in 1990.

She loved to bowl, knit, crochet and paint, and was an avid Boston sports fan. A devout Catholic, Lewis was a member of the Daughters of Isabella and St. John the Baptist Church, as well as 55 Plus.

She was predeceased by a son, David Lewis, in 2001, and two sisters, Gilberte Davis and Nancy Giard.

Lewis is survived by three sons, Kenneth, of Cincinnati, Jim, of Fairfield, Ohio, and Stephen, of Augusta; three daughters, Kathleen Farrell, of Wells, Mary Jane Lemont, of West Bath, and Nancy Bennoch, of West Bath; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her oldest and dearest friend, Leo Messier.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated March 28 at St. John the Baptist Church, in Brunswick. Burial at St. John’s Cemetery will be held later in the spring.

Donations in Lewis’ memory may be made to St. John’s School, All Saints Parish, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, ME 04011.

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