Viola Palmacci

February 22, 1923April 15, 2021

Viola Aliberti Palmacci, 98, of Portland Maine and later Yarmouth Maine, died on April 15, 2021 at the Maine Veteran's Home in Scarborough, Maine.

Viola was born at Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary on Feb 22 1923, daughter of Rosina (Arpaia) Aliberti and Antonio Aliberti. She resided on Deer Street and was educated in Portland grammar schools. She graduated from Portland High School in 1941 to pursue a career in nursing at Maine Eye and Ear Hospital, earning her diploma in Nursing.

Viola entered the Army Nurse Corps in 1941. She served in WW II as a second Lieutenant and was stationed in Las Vegas Nevada until her discharge in 1946. Upon returning home to Portland, Viola married her grammar school sweetheart Joseph B. Palmacci of Cotton Street. They were married for 30 years before his death in 1976 at age 53. They resided at 96 Hartley St. where they raised five children. Following his death, Viola moved to Yarmouth Maine where she resided happily for 40 years. She loved her family, her friends, her patients, the nursing community and the military community. Her calling, her passion and her joy truly was living a life of service to others. Those who were fortunate to be on the receiving end of “Vi’s service to others, or at her side as a colleague, understood the love and compassion that came with her genuine unconditional caring.

She was a member of the Italian Heritage Club, YMCA, VFW Post, American Legion, Sacred Heart Church in Yarmouth Maine, Yarmouth Historical Society and The Maine Eye and Ear Alumni Organization. Viola viewed volunteer work as a true source of joy and fulfillment and donated countless hours as a volunteer to several community organizations including USM School of Nursing, Good Cause Thrift Shop, Sacred Heart Church and the Yarmouth Woman’s Health Council.

Viola was a true inspiration and advocate for young woman interested in pursuing a career in nursing and founded the Viola Palmacci University of Southern Maine nursing scholarship fund in support of aspiring nurses. She was a pioneer for the advancement of nursing in the state of Maine and was in the first graduating class of Family Nurse Practitioners and served in that role as the manager of Student Health Services at the Univ. of Southern Maine from 1963 to 1989. She concurrently served as the Cardiac Rehabilitation nurse for the Heart-Line program as well as the Cardiac Rehabilitation nurse for the Life-Line program. Viola was employed as a full time staff nurse at the Maine Medical Center from 1956 until joining the University of Southern Maine at which time she continued in a part time capacity in the Intensive Care nursery.

Vi’s lifetime professional and community service awards were many but she was most proud of her 1994 Jefferson Award for Public Service as well as the Maine Woman’s Fund Award for transforming the lives of women and girls. Viola will be best remembered for love of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her love of nursing, her joy in having had the privilege to serve her country and most importantly her faith which was manifested in the countless lives she was able to touch through service to others.

Viola is survived by her four children, Gina Stokes and her husband David of Yarmouth, JoAnn Palmacci and David Pepin of Wells, Jed Palmacci and his wife Bonnie Palmacci of Park City, Utah and Gregory Palmacci of Raymond.She is also survived by her 15 grandchildren David Stokes Jr. and his wife Ninette of Yarmouth, Jessica Stokes of Yarmouth, Zachary Johnson and wife Arin Montgomery of Baltimore MD.,Charles Benjamin Johnson and wife Stephanie of Portland, Marshall Johnson and wife Kelly Kirshner, Cassie Palmacci Ballinger and husband Wesley of LasVegas, Nevada, Siena Palmacci of Salt Lake City Utah, Erika Spera and husband Jim of Houston TX., Alyssa Palmacci of Portland, Nicholas Palmacci Dallas TX, Chelsea Johnson of NY, NY, Brandon Castillo and wife Monica of Sacramento Ca, Alexander Weisgerber and husband Will of Sacramento Ca, Ryan Castillo Sacramento Ca. She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband Joseph “Buster” Palmacci, she was predeceased by her son Craig Palmacci and her granddaughters Tammi Lynn Stokes and Reyna Castillo, her brothers Alfonso Aliberti, Henry Aliberti, John Aliberti, Joe Aliberti, Warren Aliberti and sisters Florence Terroni and Mary Aliberti.

Visiting hours will held from 4-7 pm on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Wednesday, April 21st, at Holy Martyrs Church, 266 Foreside Rd., Falmouth. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Viola Palmacci Nursing Scholarship Fund at the University of Southern Maine, 96 Falmouth St. Portland, ME 04103.

Please visit to sign Viola’s online guest book.


  • Antonio Aliberti, Father (deceased)
  • Rosina (Arpaia) Aliberti, Mother (deceased)
  • Joseph B. Palmacci, Husband (deceased)
  • Gina Stokes (David Stokes), Daughter
  • JoAnn Palmacci (David Pepin), Daughter
  • Jed Palmacci (Bonnie Palmacci), Son
  • Gregory Palmacci, Son
  • Craig Palmacci, Son (deceased)
  • David Stokes, Jr. (Ninette Stokes), Grandson
  • Jessica Stokes, Granddaughter
  • Zachary Johnson (Arin Montgomery), Grandson
  • Charles Benjamin Johnson (Stephanie Johnson), Grandson
  • Marshall Johnson (Kelly Kirshner), Grandson
  • Cassie Palmacci Ballinger (Wesley Ballinger), Granddaughter
  • Siena Palmacci, Granddaughter
  • Erika Spera (Jim Spera), Granddaughter
  • Alyssa Palmacci, Granddaughter
  • Nicholas Palmacci, Grandson
  • Chelsea Johnson, Granddaughter
  • Brandon Castillo (Monica Castillo), Grandson
  • Alexander Weisgerber (Will), Grandson
  • Ryan Castillo, Grandson
  • Tammi Lynn Stokes, Granddaughter (deceased)
  • Reyna Castillo, Granddaughter (deceased)
  • Alfonso Aliberti, Brother (deceased)
  • Henry aliberti, Brother (deceased)
  • John Aliberti, Brother (deceased)
  • Joe Aliberti, Brother (deceased)
  • Warren Aliberti, Brother (deceased)
  • Florence Terroni, Sister (deceased)
  • Mary Aliberti, Sister (deceased)

  • Viola Palmacci Nursing Scholarship Fund


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021


Viola Palmacci

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Lynn Aresco

May 2, 2021

Joanne may your Mom be pursuing her spiritual journey in God's kingdom with her loved ones now. Our Mom's lived full lives and the lucky one's were blessed to receive the gifts of their wisdom. May that wisdom and memories be carried on through us until we meet up with our Mom's again. Praying for your Mom's journey. Keeping good thoughts for you and your family during this time. God Bless, Lynn Aresco

John Gulliver

April 28, 2021

Gina and JoAnne

What a lovely write up of your mother’s long and loving life. I remember her clearly and fondly from countless school events. She always had a ready smile, and that photo of her in her uniform captured her perfectly.

My deepest sympathy to you both. Loss of a mother always tears a hole in the heart, no matter how long they lived. Still, 98 was pretty remarkable.

Best wishes


Brian & Diane Petersen

April 22, 2021

So sorry for your loss. I'm lost for words. Please know that you and your family is in our thoughts and prayers 🙏❤.

Kim Downing

April 21, 2021

Hi Sketch
I just hear about your Mom and wanted you to know I was thinking of you and your family.
Much Love

Patricia Fasulo

April 21, 2021

Deepest condolences to the family of Vi Palmacci. What a privilege to have known this amazing woman. She was a lifelong friend of my mother, Roz Langella and one of a kind. Always the nurse, showing love and compassion to everyone. We will miss her beautiful smile, hugs and great sense of humor. Rest in peace.

Tom Aceto

April 21, 2021

My sincere condolences to the Palmacci Family.
I didn’t know Mrs Palmacci well but on those occasions I saw her at the Yarmouth Hannaford she was always very pleasant! She lived a very full and meaningful life.

Patricia Moore

April 21, 2021

Dear Palmacci family,
More than 50 years have passed since I met Mrs. Palmacci in her USM Health Services manager position and I remember well what a kind and smart person she was. One of a kind.
I am sorry for your loss,

Susan Winslow

April 20, 2021

I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. I have heard so many wonderful and out standing things about your Mom over the years while working at USM. I only wish I had met her. Of course, I know you and if she raised you, as caring , spirited and beautiful as you are, I can only assume you shared each other’s wonderful qualities!
Again, my prayers are with you.
Love, Susan ♥️


April 20, 2021


Barbara Joyce DeCoste

April 20, 2021

JoAnn, so sorry to hear you have lost your dear Mother. She was a person so full of life, and always extending her care and goodwill to everyone with whom she came in contact. Though not seeing her for many years, I still have such a strong memory of her spirit.
Loving wishes & prayers.