Louise S. Conti, 90
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SOUTH PORTLAND- Louise S. Conti, of South Portland, died on March 17, 2017 after a period of declining health. She was 90 years old.
Louise was born Alberta Theresa Louise Stalmuke on Feb. 11, 1927, in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of Anthony T. Stalmuke and Alice Miller.
As a child, she lived in Los Angeles before settling in Rumford, Maine. She was raised by her father, and grandmother Annie Stalmuke. Louise was quite a dancer, winning awards for her acrobatics. She was voted best dancer and best smile in her graduating class. She also played basketball in high school, graduating from Stephens High School in 1945. She worked as a telephone operator at Bell Telephone for many years before marrying Lundy P. Conti on Feb. 19, 1960. They enjoyed 33 years together.
Her favorite job was being a stay-at home-mom. While raising her three children, Louise also enjoyed reading, gardening, refinishing antique furniture, working on puzzles and watching her Red Sox and Celtics.
During the last couple years of declining health, she was well taken care of by family and her neighbors at Ridgeland Estates, who would bring her food and check in often. Without their support, we would not have been able to keep her living independently for as long as we did, which was her wish. Thank you for this. A special thank you to Evelyn for her deviled eggs, which she so loved; Vicky, for being there when she got confused; and to Stella, for all the yarn given to Shelby.
Louise is survived by her children, Jim Conti, of South Portland; Lyn Dibiase and her husband Tony, of South Portland; Marti Carignan, of Scarborough; and her beloved grandchildren, Jonathan, Joseph, and Ashley Dibiase; stepgrandson Matt Dibiase, his wife Lisa and their son Jordan; and Shelby and Haley Carignan.
She was predeceased by her parents, stepfather Al Miller, and husband Lundy P. Conti.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Parish of the Holy Savior, 126 Maine Ave., in Rumford. Spring interment will be in St. John Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of S.G. Thibault Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services, 250 Penobscot St., Rumford. You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family by visiting their guestbook at: www.sgthibaultfuneralhome.com.
If so desired, contributions in Louise's memory may be made to
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Mar. 21, 2017