Judith Ann Della Valle

11 January, 193823 April, 2021

Judith Ann Della Valle passed away on Friday April 23, 2021 at Mercy Hospital due to complications from COVID 19. Judie was born on January 11th 1938 in Portland, ME to parent’s Sue Ann and Donald Della Valle. She was a woman of incredible talent, wit, beauty with a warm heart who lit up every room she entered.

In High School, she was a cheerleader and skilled bowler for the Rams, graduating from Deering High School with the class of 1956. Judie created lifelong friendships while there which she cherished throughout her years. She then continued her education at the University of New Hampshire before returning home to marry and raise a family.

Judie joined her father Donald in their family business - Valle’s Steak House. She was a pioneer for working women everywhere, establishing her leadership role in Valle’s before its closing in 2000. She loved combining work and family focusing on creating an enjoyable environment for everyone close to her. Judie enjoyed spending time with her three children: Victoria, Jay, and Suzanne. She was a lifelong avid skier on the slopes of Maine and around the world. She enjoyed taking trips with her family and traveling the world with the love of her life of 32 years, Frank Thiboutot. She also loved spending time with her seven grandchildren, whether it was on vacation at the beach, playing golf, going out to dinner, or spending time at her home in Cumberland Foreside, Maine or on Fisher Island in Miami, Florida.

Judie was always energetic and as bright as a glittering star. She will be deeply missed by all those who were fortunate to be blessed by her glow.


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Garik and Carley Thiboutot

6 June 2021

It’s hard to put 32 years into a couple of paragraphs, but we want to say Judie was an amazing person.

My fondest memories were always holidays at Judie’s house when Carley and I would all get together and share laughs and good times. I got a second family when I became great friends with her children and grandchildren. We will always have that special bond of many years of gatherings, visiting each other and sharing moments together.

She and my Dad were inseparable and I know how hard this is to go through for my Dad, family and friends. Everyone who knows Judie knows she was the life the party. She would drag my Dad out to a local hot spot to enjoy dinner, drinks, music and dancing. However, this is what we loved about her. Her energetic smile and personality lifted the whole room. You will be missed deeply!

Love, Garik, Carley, and Henry.

Susie Jackson York

8 May 2021

I grew up in the house behind the Tanseys in Wildwood and my mind has gone right back to those carefree childhood days. I remember the day I went over to meet the new kids who moved in and was excited to find out that Vicky would be starting Kindergarten with me! It was always fun at the Tanseys - skiing down their big hill in back, ball games in their big side yard, and adventures in their big house! The Tansey kids were really nice kids, and Vicky was always a nice friend. So many fond memories. Mrs. Tansey was the most glamorous of all mothers and she was always kind to all of us. I am so sad she died. It is indeed a huge loss.
Love, Susie Jackson York

Nicole Foley

7 May 2021


Over the last couple weeks, I have been trying to find the words that do you justice for how much you mean to me, and how much you were so engrained in my everyday life. For the last 28 years, you went above and beyond to make sure I was always ok and felt loved, the last 28 years putting me first when you didn't have too. It is impossible to pick one memory or time that sticks out, because my favorite thing about you and us were our daily conversations about life, the plans for the day, and just sharing everything with you. Every morning I wake up feeling like I'm missing a part of me, but I focus on how lucky I was to be able to share everything with you. I have to focus on that and how grateful I am to have that special bond with you, and how most people don't get to experience a relationship like that with their nana or really anyone. You were with me through everything- from making sandcastles in the sand on Fisher Island when I was 2 to our Italy trip in 2019 for my CRPS treatment, to chatting about flowers and dinner/happy hour plans the day leading up to all of this. You're my guiding light, my best friend, and my absolute favorite person. I know you are always with me, and knowing that will help me keep moving forward. I love you forever nana, you were a one of a kind beauty and sparkle, inside and out- the world is a duller place without your love and light in it.

Tanya (Lowatchie) Haller

5 May 2021

While I knew Judie mostly through my Mom Mary and next door neighbor Diane Viveiros. Judie always brought a ray of sunshine with her whenever I saw her. She always had a moment to say hello when I would run into her shopping in Falmouth. A wonderful inspiring lady who will be very much missed. My heart goes out to the family. ❤️

Mary Lowatchie

5 May 2021

I knew Judy for many years and she was always a thoughtful sweet person. I always remember her fondly. Mary And Gary Lowatchie

Cole Harris

5 May 2021


Can you please email/ text me (207-776-0477), when/if a service is planned? Or if you want to talk. I’d love to hear from you whenever

Jody Hutchinson Skelton

5 May 2021

Living next door to the Tansey's was quite an adventure in my childhood. Sledding down Tansey's mountain in the winter (Jay always added a few bumps) and playing tag in your back yard are just a few memories. Your doors were always open and I remember racing through the house, up and down out of the basement and in and out of the garage - your Mom, was always so kind to us. She was an amazing role model for us girls as she was a working woman and not one you wanted to get in trouble with. Wildwood Park was an amazing place to grow up and we were so fortunate to have parents that set a few boundaries for us but also allowed us to play and explore the outdoors. The 4th of July celebrations are some of my favorite memories. Thanks to all of the Tansey family for playing such an important part of our childhood. I wish I had all of the slides my Mom took as photos - such a crazy time.

Ryan Tansey

4 May 2021


It was tough to pick just one photo here because we have so many incredible memories. I’ll miss visiting you and Frank on Fisher Island, dinners at Lario’s on Miami Beach, shopping trips to L.L. Bean and Christmas in Maine. I’ll miss getting your cards on literally every holiday and birthday - I’m fairly sure you never missed a single one. You were loved so much by so many people, and we’ll all miss you terribly.

Love you Nana,

Cole Harris

4 May 2021

Hi Suzanne, Jay, and Vicki. I’m really sorry to hear of your loss. It’s a loss so many beyond you wonderful people she raised share. She gave me a job bar tending when I really needed it.

And she was as kind, smart, capable and nice - as she was truly beautiful- inside out. She was THE BEST.!

And we lifeguards, Tom Costin & I at the PCC pool really enjoyed seeing her - really.

Every one of you children are so much like her.

She will always be a special person to me. I’m in Atlanta now - or I’d surely have come to see you. Jeff Mason just now told me. I’m truly sorry for your great loss. Please know I share it with you all.

Cole Harris

Bill Maynard

4 May 2021

Vicky, Jay and Suzanne, so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was the coolest mom ever! I still walk by the house almost daily and whenever she would drive in or out and see me she would waive and flash that wonderful smile. Such a positive person. Sending you and your families strength and great memories that live on.

Bill Maynard

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