LEWISTON: Roland O. Martel, 83, longtime resident of Lewiston and most recently of Auburn, passed away peacefully with family by his side Sunday morning at D'Youville Pavilion in Lewiston. He was born on December 23, 1930 in Lewiston, a son of the late Antoine and Dorothy (Coulombe) Martel. He grew up in the Lewiston area and attended local schools there. He was a graduate of St. Dominic Regional High School, class of 1949. After high school, Roland served our country in the United States Army and served during the Korean conflict. On October 22, 1960, he married his wife Lorraine Robert and they started a family together. For many years, Roland worked as a shoe worker for Shapiro Bros. He later worked for other local businesses as a bookkeeper and supervisor until his retirement. He was a member of the American Legion, and the Holy Cross Knights of Columbus where he served as treasurer for many years. He was also was very active in Holy Cross Church. Roland loved to cook and will always be remembered for his dedication to the Holy Cross bean suppers, of which he was the head cook for many years. He enjoyed playing cards, reading mystery novels, and making puzzles. He was also an avid gardener who loved to grow and tend to vegetables. He is survived by his three children; Joline Jacques and her husband David of Cumberland, Conrad Martel of Lewiston and Elaine Ouellette and her husband Albert of Auburn. He also leaves behind two sisters, Pearl Forgues of Lewiston and Doris Rainville of New Hampshire, three sisters-in-law, Marilyn Robert of Lewiston, Muriel Majumder of Auburn, and Laurianne Lambert and her husband, Roland of Lewiston, as well as his grandchildren; Nicholas and Melissa Jacques, Angela Martel, Timothy Labonte, and Curtis and Mallory Ouellette, a great-granddaughter, Ryelee Labonte and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years, Lorraine, his first wife Jeannine Larochelle, their infant son Ronald, a daughter-in-law, Donna Martel, one brother, Fernand and two sisters Regina Shepard and Viola Hansler. You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories of Roland through his guestbook at: www.thefortingroupauburn.com
Visiting Hours will be held on Wednesday March 19 from 5-8pm at the funeral home in Auburn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday March 20 at 11am at Holy Cross Church in Lewiston. Interment will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery in Lewiston with military honors. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a charitable contribution in Roland's memory to:
51 US Rt. 1 Suite M Scarbrough, ME 04074. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group \ Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn, 783-5845.