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Yolanda M. (Pesce) Smith, 82
PORTLAND -- Yolanda M. (Pesce) Smith, 82, of Portland and formerly of South Portland, died on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at the Barron Center.
She was born in Portland on Sept. 20, 1930, the daughter of the late Carmine and Maria (Rega) Pesce. She grew up in Portland and attended local area schools.
Although raising children was her primary job, she did work for the State of Maine in the Employment Office and the Superior Court both in Portland.
Yolanda was an avid bowler, bowling in tournament as well as several leagues at Big 20 Bowling Center in Scarborough. She also enjoyed line dancing and spent much time at the Italian Heritage Center. She was also an excellent cook; her pot of spaghetti sauce on the stove every Saturday will be missed.
She is survived by four children, John P. Smith and his wife Deborah of South Portland, Cecilia Nickerson and Pia Bibeau and her husband Perry, both of Portland, and Yolanda Mills and her husband Larry of Standish. She also leaves her nine grandchildren, Zachary, Rachael, Kyle, Timothy, Regina, Christian, Maria, Sabrina and Gregory; as well as her two great-grandchildren, Madison and Danielle; a sister, Cecilia Pennisi of Lutz, Fla., two brothers, Albert Pesce of Scarborough and Carmine Pesce of Portland; a daughter-in-law, Mary Ellen Milliken-Smith of South Portland; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was also the mother of the late Gregory Smith who died on Sept. 3, 2001.
Yolanda's family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the doctors and staff of the Barron Center for their care and support over the past two years.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, from 2-4 p.m., at the Wilde Memorial Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at 10 a.m., at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 72 Federal St., Portland. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit
to sign Yolanda's guestbook.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to:
Barron Center Resident Fund
Attn.: Eileen Norton
1145 Brighton Ave.
Portland, Maine 04102
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 27, 2012
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"Cece, My deepest sympathies at the passing of your Mother. May the love of friends and family carry you..."
- Jeannine Plourde
"Dearest Smith Family, Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts are with you on the loss of your dear..."
- Carolyn Tornay
"To Yolanda, Larry and your entire family,my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow."
- Steve Lovering
"Wishing all of you peace and acceptance. It was an honor providing care to Yolanda at the Barron Center...."
- Maryann Curry
"my thoughts & prayers are with you all in this difficult time."
- Linda Jalbert-Pesce
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