November 5, 1963 – October 28, 2018
Sonya Sue Belanger, a life-long resident of Maine, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 28th at the age of 54 with her loving husband, family, and friends surrounding her and her heart. Sonya is survived by her husband, Paul Belanger; their children, Danielle Williams and Spencer Belanger; Danielle’s husband, Nicholas Williams; Spencer’s wife, Sarah Belanger; her father, Roger Maheux; her brother, Dondi Maheux; and her precious baby granddaughter, Makenna Williams. She is predeceased by her mother, Terry Maheux; and her grandparents. Sonya was born in Lewiston, Maine on November 5, 1963 to Roger and Terry Maheux. She graduated from Edward Little High School in 1982 and from Casco Bay College, Portland in 1984. In 1980 while in high school, Sonya met Paul at the Lewiston Roller Drome and they were inseparable. Five years later on April 27, 1985 Sonya married Paul at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Lewiston. On September 10, 1989 and February10, 1994 respectively, they welcomed their daughter and son, who were from then on, at the center of her life. Sonya was employed at Systems Assurance Corp. at Yarmouth as a word-processing operator and as a part-time waitress at Mac’s Variety in Auburn. She also spent time working at WPLM Radio and Channel 8 News. She later joined the team at Poland Spring in 1998 as a Customer Service Lead. She proceeded to hold various roles of increased responsibility as Inventory Control Clerk and finally her position as Raw Material Planner which she was best known for supporting across multiple factories over the years. Sonya was extremely talented in her work but maintained being a smiling beacon in the department. She had an incredible work ethic and everyone she worked with loved and respected her. Whether you knew her for 10 years or 10 minutes, she was an incredible welcoming and caring person which showed in every interaction she had during her career. This year was the celebration of her 20th year anniversary with Poland Spring. Her company cheered so loudly at the celebration dinner in her honor, that it’s something that none of her coworkers in attendance will ever forget. Sonya embodied everything an employer could ever hope to have in an employee, and there is just no replacing that. At 20 years with a company, you certainly become more than coworkers, you become family and Sonya’s family at Poland Spring will miss their dear friend every day. Sonya was the definition of a devoted wife, mother, and daughter. She touched the lives of everyone around her - family, friends, and complete strangers. Everyone who crossed paths with her wanted to friend her. Between her contagious smile, laugh, and positive outlook on all life’s adventures she always stood out in a crowd. In her younger days, you could find her at the Roller Drome, the drive-in with her beloved Paul, and hanging out with friends. With family always at her core, she was there for everyone. Whether it be Danielle’s basketball games, someone’s dance recital, or Spencer’s craft fairs, she was there through it all. She never missed an opportunity to be surrounded by her closest family and friends. She wore her heart on her sleeve and a smile on her face through the best and worst times. Not only did she love supporting all local sports but she wouldn’t miss a professional game either. Sonya spent many days and nights rooting on all New England sport teams with her father, friends, and family who shared her love for the game(s). Which is why it is only fitting that the Boston Red Sox won the World Series on the day she left us. We are certain she was watching the game from above. Sonya’s love for her family and friends is undefinable; so much so that she mothered many like her own. She spent many summers camping alongside high school friends who turned into family and would now be known as The Gang. From camping in Moosehead, Poland Spring, and many other locations, the memories made are unmeasurable. Margaritas by the fire while singing the Gilligan’s Theme Song became a tradition that will live on. Along with margaritas, Sonya’s love for dance was known by all around her as she never missed an occasion to bust out a move. She would get lost in the music for hours. Sonya grew to be known not only for her smile but her fight and strength. She refused to let her cancer diagnosis define her. With Paul’s unwavering commitment and care, she fought back with determination daily for over a year and a half. Although cancer tried tearing her down many times, Sonya won. She beat cancer with the love and support from family, friends, and strangers that had friended her through her life journey. She proudly met her goals. For over a month, she snuggled and cared for Makenna like she has done to many for years. Cancer may have tried to break her down but it only built up a stronger support system for her. And through the ups and downs, Sonya has taught those around her the greatest lesson of all, to make sure we live out the rest of our lives celebrating and pushing forward with what mattered most to her, love and family. A visiting service is scheduled for Saturday, November 10th from 1:00 - 5:00pm at The Fortin Group in Auburn. Condolences and donations are welcome as family continues to process the lost of our sweetest Sonya. No One Fights Alone.
- Sonya is survived by her husband, Paul Belanger; their children, Danielle Williams and Spencer Belanger; Danielle’s husband, Nicholas Williams; Spencer’s wife, Sarah Belanger; her father, Roger Maheux; her brother, Dondi Maheux; and her precious baby granddaughter, Makenna Williams. She is predeceased by her mother, Terry Maheux; and her grandparents.
- Memorial Visitation Saturday, November 10, 2018
March 8, 2019
I am so very sorry to the family and friends of Ron Paradis for the loss of such a fine man. Ron was a good friend and schoolmate who was always genuine,, kind, and caring. When we were in high school, he was known to be one of the "good guys" and everyone loved him. The last few years, I got to know him even better while on the class reunion committee. What a great leader he was...making sure things got done and keeping the committee in line even after a couple of beers. Thank you, Ron, for the laughs and for being such a good friend and leader! You will be missed so much. I hope they serve some cold ones in heaven just for you!! Love you!
November 10, 2018
My Dear Beautiful Cousin hearing that you have gained your wings I am heartbroken .Sonya I have always felt close to you, we have spent most of our childhood together and made many memories that I will forever keep deep in my heart. One of my favorite memories is of when we would spend Saturdays at Grammy's house and while Aunt Terri took Grammy grocery shopping we would play the music on the stereo and make up dance routines and when they returned home we would show them our dances moves then we would spend the night watching to Carol Burnett and The Lawrence Welk Show also the many sleepover and slumber parties at your house on Washington Street. My most recent memory was just three months ago when we ran into each other at Hannaford July 28th of this year .Sonya seeing and hugging you fill my heart with such Joy I will always hold on memories deep in my heart. It fills my heart with such joy knowing that you got to spend some time with your first Beautiful granddaughter McKenna.Until we meet again I love you my beautiful angel
Love Suzie (Sullivan) Bardier-Haynes
Theresa A Piscura Piscura
November 9, 2018
Dear Paul and family,
I am so sorry for your loss and was deeply saddened to learn Sonya left us so soon. She was an amazing woman that truly left her footprints on everyone's heart and soul!!
As I have read the various memories from her family and friends I realized what an impact her love and presence had made on everyone she met on her life's journey.
I pray that I can be half the woman she was during her life brief life,and especially the last year and a half as she went thru one of the most trying times one can endure.
My prayers during this year have been that she would be able to see and spend time with her first grandchild. I am so overjoyed that God gave her this prayer and know she will always be watching over Makenna and all of you.
Whenever I would see her I would see my aunt Terry and how they could have been sisters or twins, not only in looks but in their hearts and souls, just as she and Danielle have been, and I know will be carried on with Danielle and Makenna.
May God bless all of you with healing, peace, and love, just as Sonya did for everyone that she knew and loved!!
Terri (Sullivan) Piscura
November 1, 2018
I had the pleasure of meeting Sonya when I coached her daughter on a softball team representing the State of Maine in the New England championships some 14 years ago. She left a lasting impression on all of us involved with that team , her smile, her compassion , and her love for every single girl on that team will never be forgotten. Through the magic of Facebook we have remained friends since those great times with those kids. We will never forget you and that heartwarming smile. God Bless , Chuck Gurney
November 1, 2018
Although I didn't know Sonya very long or very well, I will always remember her sweet smile. I met her through my sister, Donna Roberge, who was one of her good friends. My deepest condolencis to your family.
October 31, 2018
I will forever miss you my friend ♡
Elaine M Richard
October 31, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. Sonya was a great cousin to me. I did try to call her on October 23 & I didn't get an answer, but I didn't know how sick she was. I am really going to miss her so much. Even though we hadn't seen each other in a very long time. She really loved my mother & she would get up dates about her. I am so glad she was able to see her granddaughter before she passed. I just wish I could say my good byes to her on that day, but I will always remember the good times we had when we were kids. RIP My Dear Sonya.
October 30, 2018
So sad that you have passed. You have a special place in my heart. You were their for me to the end when I lost my wife .to cancer .your a kind person who would go out of your way for others .life will never be the same without you. You will always be missed.
October 30, 2018
Sonya, I love you. We definitely didn't see each other as much as we should but I knew you loved me anyway. You were always such a kindred soul, I don't think you had a single mean bone in your body. This world is definitely in pain by losing you, but I know you are looking after everyone like you did anyway. I definitely will take a page out of your book and try my absolute best by being my best self. You will dearly missed by everyone, and I was a lucky human because I got to meet you. I will see you again someday, until then keep helping the family! <3
Steve and pamela Belanger
October 30, 2018
So so sorry that our lord would take such a wonderful, thoughtful courageous woman from us so soon!!!! Sonya was always the family savior kept peace and harmony within our own family this was how positive and optimistic she always was !! She will never be forgotten, a soul that made a major impression on every single person she ever came in contact with . We will miss you forever Sonya !!!! Sincerely Steve and family