Carmel Dolores Pinnette

June 25, 1938November 21, 2011

Carmel Dolores Pinnette, 73, of Waterville passed away on November 21, 2011 after a sudden and courageous battle with an aggressive form of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Carmel was born in Waterville, on June 25, 1938, the daughter of Dominique and Marie (Ferland) Plante. She graduated from Mount Merici Academy in Waterville in 1956 and from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Lewiston, ME in 1959. She was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corp and worked at Walson Army Hospital in Fort Dix, N.J. She married Richard A. Pinnette in November 1959 in Waterville, ME. She had six children whom she cherished and 22 grandchildren whom she adored. She was an integral part of each and every one of their lives and will be greatly missed. She loved her job as a dedicated registered nurse for 31 years at Maine General Hospital, working mostly in the operating room. She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish. Special interests included gardening, genealogy, reading and traveling. She especially enjoyed traveling and visiting foreign countries.

Carmel is survived by her bother, Joseph “John” Plante; sister, Madeline Roy; sisters-in-law, Carmen Plante, Joyce Pinnette and Jane Pinnette; brothers-in-law, Robert McQuillan and Donald Reny; six children and their spouses Jeffrey Pinnette and Debora Cole of Topsham, Deborah and Richard Tozier of Waterville, Laurie and Christian Martens of Scarborough, Kathleen and Alex Child-Villiers of London, England, Scott and Tammy Pinnette of Waterville and Andrea Caldarella of Cheshire, CT; 22 grandchildren, Dylan and Ellen Pinnette, Michael, Laura, Ryan, Jonathan, Kristopher, and Joshua Tozier, Anna, Sarah, Julia and Sophia Martens, William, Celia and Freddie Child-Villiers, Nicole, Anthony, Nathan, and Lauren Pinnette, Amanda, Taylor, and David Caldarella; and many special nieces and nephews.

Carmel was predeceased by her husband, Richard; two brothers, Rene and Germaine Plante; and sister, Pearl Vashon.

Carmel’s family want to especially thank all the doctors, nurses, CNAs and respiratory therapists who cared for Carmel while on 3 North and in the Critical Care Unit at Maine General Hospital. No words can express the thanks, gratitude and appreciation the family feels for the excellent and loving care Carmel received while in the hospital.

The family also would like to thank cousin, John Tercyak, for all the evenings he spent in the hospital comforting Carmel and the family with his lovely music as well as the many friends and family who visited in the hospital.

A wake will be held at Veilleux’s Funeral Home on Friday November 25, 2011 from 2-4PM and 6-8PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday November 26, 2011at 9AM at Sacred Heart Church in Waterville, followed by committal prayers at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Carmel’s memory to Mount Merici School, 152 Western Ave, Waterville, ME 04901 or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 811 West Evergreen Avenue, Suite 204, Chicago, IL 60642.


  • Visitation Friday, November 25, 2011
  • Visitation Friday, November 25, 2011
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 26, 2011

Carmel Dolores Pinnette

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November 29, 2011

Scott & family, I was very sorry to hear of your loss. May you find joy in the memories you have. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

November 23, 2011

To the Plante and Pinette family......My prayers and sympathy to you.....I have fond memories of Carmel....she was a very close friend all the years at St. Francis, and Mount Merici. Although we had just a little contact over the years, I remember all the times we were together, at her home or mine and also the trips we made by bus, and walking to see Germaine. God go with you my old friend.......

Diane Poulin Blicharski
Massillon, Ohio

Dana Pinnette

November 23, 2011

Her warm smile and soft spoken words I will always remember. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Jeff,Debbie,Laurie,Scott,Kathy,Andrea

Matthew & Bryana Chapman

November 23, 2011

She will be missed.....

Matt Coro

November 22, 2011

Amazing lady! All of Scott's friends thought the world of her.... Love from Matt Coro and family (Ruth Anne, Jacob, Maddie, and Hanna)

Landi Wright

November 22, 2011

Aunt Carmel was one of the finest women I have ever known. I was honored by her love and kindness, awed by her quiet strength, and humbled by her selflessness. She was a rare and precious soul. My deepest sympathy to Jeff, Debbie, Laurie, Scott, Kathy, Andrea, and their families, and to everyone else who loved her.

November 22, 2011

Tammy and Family,

I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My sincere sympathy.

Dixie Saraiva


November 22, 2011

Carmel was my friend when we grew up on Marston Court we were good friends until we married and move away . she will be in my prays Bonnie Bolduc Fortin

Mona Gagne

November 22, 2011

Carmel was such a wonderful, giving and sweet person. I enjoyed working with her many years at Seton and Thayer ORs. My deepest sympathies to the Pinnette families

Fran Purnell

November 22, 2011

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.