Cynthia Ann DiBlasi, 77
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1935 - 2013
WATERVILLE -- Cynthia A. (Bartlett) DiBlasi, 77, passed peacefully at home on Tuesday morning, Jan. 1, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.
Cynthia was born in Boston, Mass., on July 28, 1935, to James Samuel Bartlett and Lucy (Hynes) Bartlett. She grew up primarily in Medford, Mass., and graduated from Medford High School in 1954. Cynthia married her high school
sweetheart, Salvatore DiBlasi Jr., also of Medford, Mass., on March 12, 1955.
Her first employment opportunity came when she accepted a position with the New England Telephone Company in Boston, Mass. She later put all her energy into being a housewife and mother. Cynthia and Salvatore resided in Medford and Reading, Mass., until moving to Waterville in 1973 with their three children.
In 1982, she and Salvatore moved back to Medford, Mass., so Salvatore could get cancer treatment. He lost his battle with cancer in 1986 and she felt that she had lost the love of her life that day. Cynthia also suffered a great loss when her mother Lucy ('Bambi') passed away later that same year. She moved back to Maine to be with her three children. She ultimately resided in Benton and Fairfield with her daughter Dawn until her passing.
Cynthia was a woman who was supported by an everlasting faith in God. She was a most giving person, spreading love to all she encountered. She emanated light and love to all, and gave of herself fully and unconditionally. Known as 'Grammy' in her community, she welcomed neighborhood children with the same open arms that she offered to her grandchildren. Each of her 'kids' held a special place in her heart. Cynthia also had a deep passion for animals and the elderly. She worked briefly at the Waterville Muskie Center where she enjoyed many hours
Cynthia Ann DiBlasi
with friends and touched countless lives. Her extraordinary love for people shone through to everyone she met and in everything she did.
Cynthia was a proud sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her brother, James Bartlett of Medford, Mass.; two brothers-in-law, Joseph and Kenneth DiBlasi of Medford, Mass., and their families; her three children and their spouses, Salvatore DiBlasi III and wife Vanessa DiBlasi of Rougemont, N.C., LouAnn (DiBlasi) Lindie and her husband Michael Lindie of Benton, and Dawn M. DiBlasi and her husband Michael Taylor of Fairfield. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Danica (Poulin) Rancourt of Westbrook, Amanda R. (DiBlasi) Haley of Westminster, Colo., Karrie (DiBlasi) Fox of Wilmington, N.C., Jessica L. Lindie of Boston, Mass., James M. Lindie stationed with the U.S. Navy in Norfolk, Va.; and her four great-grandchildren, Andrew J. Haley and Taylor J. Haley, Landon Rancourt, and Dylan Fox.
Special thanks to Cynthia's dear friends and home health workers Lori LaVerdiere, Jeannie Fuller, and Ashley Smith.
She is also survived by close friends, Kitty and Andrew Dawson of Fairfield, and Laura Rockwell of Waterville.
Additionally, the family would like to thank Hospice of Waterville for their loving care.
Visiting hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Sacred Heart Church, 70 Pleasant St., Waterville. Burial will be in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in the springtime.
In lieu of flowers, please send
donations in her memory to:
The Waterville Humane Society
100 Webb Rd.
Waterville, Maine 04901
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 3, 2013