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Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home

199 Woodford Street, Portland, ME

OBITUARY

Reola Cyr Conley

December 28, 1930November 25, 2019
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Reola Cyr Conley passed away on November 25, 2019. She was born on Dec 28, 1930, in Madawaska, ME, the daughter of I.L and Corine Cyr. She graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in 1949, and from the Forsyth School for Dental Hygiene in 1951. She worked for several years before marrying Richard “Sonny” Conley in 1954, then returned to work off and on until her retirement. She was proud of her Acadian roots and Catholic upbringing, and passed her strong beliefs down to her family through stories and childhood songs. Right to the end, she enjoyed speaking French with friends.

Reola loved her family and music. Her greatest pride was in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had an equal and special relationship with each of her grandchildren. Her eyes would light up and her smile broaden whenever she spent time with them. She especially loved large family gatherings.

Reola loved music and dancing. When she was young, she and Sonny would jitterbug in dance halls, and later, in our own living room as she taught us kids how to dance. She always had music playing in her kitchen. From Country to Classical to Irish Folk Songs, her broad tastes shaped the music she would play that day. She had a remarkable collection of over 200 CDs, which she enjoyed sorting and re-sorting with her children and grandchildren.

In later life, Reola indulged in travel with family and friends. She and Sonny wintered over ten years at their much loved condo in Deerfield Beach, FL. They took many cruises, flew to Europe and drove to visit family in New Jersey. At the age of 70, she traveled by bus across the United States.

She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Richard (Sonny) Conley, her brothers Bertrand and Lloyd Cyr, her sister Luella Searles, her son James, her grandson Patrick Conley and her son-in-law Paul LaVangie. Surviving are her two brothers Ronald and Kenneth Cyr; her brother-in-law Charles Goddard; her five children, Cathleen Aceto and her husband Rocco, Karen Coates and her husband Lee, Diane LaVangie, Robert and Stephen Conley; her eleven grandchildren, Joseph and Daniel Aceto, Kristina Cirilli; Nicole and Jane Coates; Meaghan Fullman; Tucker, Sayler and Sully Conley; Ryan and Griffin Conley.

The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Marino and the amazing staff at Clark’s Terrace, Park Danforth who cared for her over 5 years. We would also like to thank the caring staff at The Cedars who provided a smooth end of life transition.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours 4-7 pm on Friday Nov 29th at Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home 199 Woodford St, Portland, ME 04103. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday Nov 30, 2019 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 492 Ocean Ave, Portland. Burial following the service will be in Calvary Cemetary, South Portland. To view Reola’s memorial page or to share an online condolence, please visit www.jonesrichandbarnes.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Maine Children’s Cancer Program 10 Campus Drive Unit 107 Scarborough, ME 04074 or to The Park Danforth, Clark’s Terrace 777 Stevens Avenue Portland, ME 04103

  • FAMILY

  • I.L. Cyr, Father (deceased)
  • Corine Cyr, Mother (deceased)
  • RIchard (Sonny) Conley, Husband (deceased)
  • James Conley, Son (deceased)
  • Cathleen Aceto (Rocco), Daughter
  • Karen Coates (Lee Coates), Daughter
  • Diane LaVangie, Daughter
  • Robert Conley, Son
  • Stephen Conley, Son
  • Paul LaVangie, Son-in-law (deceased)
  • Bertrand Cyr, Brother (deceased)
  • Lloyd Cyr, Brother (deceased)
  • Luella Searles, Sister (deceased)
  • Ronald Cyr, Brother
  • Kenneth Cyr, Brother
  • Charles Goddard, Brother-in-law
  • Patrick Conley, Grandson (deceased)
  • Reola is also survived by her eleven grandchildren, Joseph and Daniel Aceto, Kristina Cirilli; Nicole and Jane Coates; Meaghan Fullman; Tucker, Sayler and Sully Conley; Ryan and Griffin Conley.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Robert Conley, Pallbearer
  • Stephen Coney, Pallbearer
  • Joseph Aceto, Pallbearer
  • Daniel Aceto, Pallbearer
  • Tucker Conley, Pallbearer
  • Sayler Conley, Pallbearer
  • Sullivan Conley, Pallbearer
  • Ryan Conley, Pallbearer
  • Griffin Conley, Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • The Maine Children's Cancer Program
  • The Park Danforth

Services

  • Time of Visitation Friday, November 29, 2019
  • A Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 30, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, November 30, 2019

Memories

Reola Cyr Conley

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Ian Stephenson

November 27, 2019

Cathy, Rocco and family. So sorry for your loss. We know how you all feel. But you know she is in a better place now. Keep the memories in your heart.
Ian and Mary Ellen

Alice Cyr

November 27, 2019

My dear Nieces & Nephews and your families,
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you all know that Reola loved you very much, and spoke of you each with so much pride. I pray that you will find comfort in your memories and peace in your faith.
Until we meet again Reola, rest in peace. Lovingly, Aunt Alice

Claire Rossetto (Cyr)

November 26, 2019

My deepest sympathy of your loss. Reola was my fist cousin, my father being "Uncle Bill". I had the opportunity to spend a wonderful afternoon a couple of years at our cousin's cottage Phil. Great memories.

Claire Ann I

Maryellen Minervino-Antonetti

November 26, 2019

To all of the Conley family, so saddened to hear about your mom. We shared so many good times back in the day. Sending prayers and thoughts.

Kevin & Denise Kaserman

November 26, 2019

Steve and the Conley Gang,
We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Vicki Brichetto

November 25, 2019

Thoughts, prayers and love sent to the family of the lovely Reola. She was such a firecracker. Tough one to crack, but once you earned her trust, you were like family. I will miss going to room 216.

She loved her family and spoke highly of you all. She was very proud. May you find peace in her peace. Thinking of you all.

I’ll watch Lawrence Welk and have a cup of soup this weekend for you Reola! Xoxo

Diane Giusti

November 25, 2019

I already miss you ❤
Till we meet again, I will carry beautiful memories of you in my heart forever & always.

My prayers to all of Reola's family.

(she asked what is a selfie? so I took this picture last year during Christmas time)

Steve Norbert

November 25, 2019

My deepest condolences to all my Conley friends. Your Mom was a great woman and Mother. The neighborhood kids all enjoyed spending time at the Conley home and Mrs Conley was such a strong figure in welcoming friends and inquiring about our families. She was a nurturing, strict, and loving matriarch and, along with her dear husband Sonny, raised a family with strong values, integrity, and character. Her life, children and grandchildren will be her greatest legacy. God bless you. Steve Norbert and family

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