Diane B. Pomerleau

VASSALBORO – Diane B. Pomerleau, 66, of Vassalboro died peacefully at her home on Friday afternoon, June 4, 2021, from pneumonia associated with Alzheimer’s. She spent her final days and hours surrounded by family and friends.

Diane was born on Jan. 26, 1955, the daughter of William H. and Theresa (Veilleux) Bean. She was raised on the Cony Rd. in Augusta, attended St. Augustine School, and graduated from Cony High School in 1973. Diane married Michael Pomerleau of Winslow in May 1974, and settled in Vassalboro where they raised three children. The sixth of nine children, Diane was a wonderful mother and homemaker. Besides keeping an immaculate home, she tended several gardens, sewed, canned fruits and vegetables, and loved to cook and bake sweets. Over the years, she also enjoyed candlepin bowling, “beano” at the American Legion, hosting parties, country music concerts, winemaking, exercise and meditation, long walks, and family vacations.

Diane was hardworking and industrious. She began working in high school at A&W and then Deering Ice Cream. She worked as a bookkeeper at Malcolm Cadillac Oldsmobile, babysat several Riverside area children when her kids were young, was a cashier at Shop-n-Save, a hostess at the Senator in Augusta, and a receptionist in Radiology at the V.A. in Togus. She began her career for the Federal government as a clerk-typist at GSA in Augusta, became the secretary for the director of the IRS in Augusta, and then returned to work for GSA as a Building Management Specialist until her early retirement in 2010. As her health declined, she received in-home care from family, caregivers, and hospice until her death.

Diane was always a perfectionist. She would do anything for her kids, but she once gave the “gift of life” to a total stranger as a bone marrow stem cell donor. Diane was very social, quick to laughter, loved to joke, and had an energetic, playful spirit. She carried these traits with her even as her disease progressed into its later stages. She will be dearly missed.

Diane was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Richard Bean, of Augusta; her sister, Linda Merrill, and nephew, Troy Merrill, of Windsor; and her nephew, Shawn Cormier, of Augusta.

She is survived by her husband, Michael; her son, Jason Pomerleau, daughter-in-law, Flora (Ming), and their daughters, Adelle, Celine, and Sophie, of Califon, N.J.; her daughter, Mindy Puri, son-in-law, Rajeev, and their son, Maxwell, of Falmouth; and her son, Daniel Pomerleau, daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, and their daughters, Lucia and Fiona, of Alexandria, Va. Diane is also survived by her brothers and sisters, William R. Bean and his wife, Louise, of Augusta; Ronald Bean of Augusta; Ann Dube and her husband, Robert, of Vassalboro; Roland Bean and his wife, Diane, of Sidney; Donald Bean and his wife, Carol, of Augusta; Nancy Dumont and her husband, David, of Sidney; brother-in-law, Michael Merrill, of Windsor; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Augustine Church in Augusta at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 17, 2021. A reception, memorial service and luncheon will follow at the Elk’s Lodge in Augusta. All who knew and loved her are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Diane’s memory to Maine General Hospice, PO Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903 (give.mainegeneral.org).

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