Lucille Marie O'Leary
December 3, 1927 – September 9, 2019
Lucille Marie Juliet Belanger O’Leary, 91, passed away peacefully Monday, September 9, 2019, surrounded by her family.
Born December 3, 1927 in Rumford, Maine, “Lu” was the only daughter of Omer and Rose Anna (Levasseur) Belanger. She attended St. John’s and Stephens High School in Rumford, and married Gordon O’Leary on November 18, 1946. Together they had 8 children, Danny, Christine, Kathy, Mark, Sue, Jo, Moe, and David, who drove each other crazy, but loved each other fiercely and supported one another. That love and support helped them through some of the roughest moments in the day’s preceding their mother’s passing.
The O’Leary children added to the rowdy clan with families of their own. This resulted in memorable holidays with everyone squeezing into Lucille’s home on Urquhart Street for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and summers on Roxbury Pond spent laughing, drinking, singing, and dancing.
Never one to miss a good time, Lu was a party packed into a five-foot package. She was a constant fixture on the dance floor, and happily danced the night away at many family weddings, even after she was well into her 80s. Her small stature and jovial nature masked a tough demeanor that presented itself whenever she was faced with a challenge.
After losing her husband and son David, Lu left Rumford in 1989 and moved to Riverview, Florida. The sun and beach suited her, and she quickly made friends while indulging her love of bingo, poker, and reading. She was known for her elaborate Halloween costumes, party planning, happily flirting with much-younger men, and always being up for an adventure. A devoted lifelong Catholic and Eucharistic Minister, Lu volunteered passionately with her local church and St. Vincent DePaul weekly.
A gifted artist by nature, Lu used her time to paint, travel, and explore new places. She also discovered one of the benefits to having so many children was that they took her places – they brought her on cruises, to the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, England, Canada, and the western United States.
She would have preferred to live out her remaining years in Florida, but a few years ago, as she told everyone she met, “her family made her move back to Maine.” And they were glad they did, as it meant more time with Lu. She spent her final years being lovingly cared for by the wonderful staff at Clover Health Care in Auburn.
Everyone who knew her, loved her, and she leaves a hole in many hearts with her passing. She will be remembered any time Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock n’ Roll” is played, and every time her family gathers together.
Lu is survived by her son, Daniel of Andover and his wife Martha, daughter Christine Dube of Roxbury and her husband Ron, daughter Kathy Halacy of Auburn and her husband Elliott, son Mark of Fort Pierce, Florida, and his wife Jan, daughter Suzanne Blake of Standish and her husband Mike, daughter Joann Culley of Cumming, Georgia, and daughter Maureen Hassett of Brunswick and her husband Stephen, sister-in-law Mary Lou (O’Leary) Doyle of Dunwoody, Georgia, and her best friend since childhood, Teresa Vaillancourt of Auburn. She also leaves behind 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, all of whom adored and loved her.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Gordon in 1982 and youngest child David in 1985, older brothers Robert "Dub" Belanger in 2011 and Lionel "G-Bell" Belanger in 2015, several in-laws, and son-in-law David Culley in 2018.
In lieu of flowers, please consider spending more time with family and loved ones, and getting out on the dance floor whenever the opportunity arises.
- Omer Belanger, Father (deceased)
- Roseanna (Levasseur) Belanger, Mother (deceased)
- Gordon A. O'Leary, Husband (deceased)
- Daniel O'Leary & Wife Martha, Son
- Christine Dube & Husband Ron, Daughter
- Kathleen Halacy & Husband Elliot, Daughter
- Mark O'Leary & Wife Janice, Son
- Suzanne Blake & Husband Mike, Daughter
- Joann Culley, Daughter
- Maureen Hassett & Husband Steve, Daughter
- Grand Children, Twelve
- Great Grandchildren, Fourteen
- Great-Great Grandchild, One
- David O'Leary, Son (deceased)
- Lionel "GeBell" Belanger, Brother (deceased)
- Robert "Dub" Belanger, Brother (deceased)
- In lieu of flowers, please consider spending more time with family and loved ones, and getting out on the dance floor whenever the opportunity arises.
- Mass of Christian Burial Monday, September 16, 2019
Lucille Marie O'Leary
September 12, 2019
Danny and the entire O'Leary clan, so very sorry to here about you Mother's passing. She was a wonderful lady with so much energy and definitely the life of the party. May all your wonderful memories help you through this sad time.
Tim Bulger and Family
September 12, 2019
Dear Jo Jo and family,
So sorry to hear about Lu's passing and want to send my love and condolences to all of you. Your mom was a very special lady and I will not forget her. The summer visits to the camp, there was always room for Pammy:) Visiting her in Riverview when David was just a baby and Garrett was on the way! And in these last few years visiting with her when you would come to Sarasota. The last time I saw her in October of last year, so glad we got to share a meal and spend some time together. She had the best smile and laugh and could always crack me up just by being Lu!
She 's home now of that I'm sure. And I know you will rally around each other during this time and always keep her memory alive! Don't forget, it's not goodbye but 'til we meet again.
RIP Lu, Love Pammy (Comeau) Benton
September 11, 2019
How my mother loved Lucille! She was a fixture during my years growing up. Can’t begin to count the times I came home to Lu and my Mom visiting and laughing at our dining room table. They shared a unique and life long friendship - keeping each other’s secrets and supporting each other through happy times and tough times, too. She will be missed. May God hold you in his loving arms in heaven, Lucille where you will continue, no doubt to find joy in this new, afterlife.
With love and deep condolences to the family,
Jane Vaillancourt Velarde
September 11, 2019
Oh dear nana
I dont know where to start your so loved and misses by so many hope your up there dancing in the sky with grandpa and uncle david please give Grammy halacy a hug from me R.I.P nana love jan ,skye,jaylynn,dustin,zack,chloe
You will be deeply missed