Esther M. Carle

September 23, 1918
- December 25, 2002

BROWNVILLE JUNCTION AND ORONO, ME - Esther M. Carle, 84, wife of the late Thomas F. Carle II, died Dec 22, 2002, at an Orono nursing home. She was born Sept. 23, 1918, in Ashland, the daughter of James and Gertrude (Burby) Brasslett. Esther was a lifelong member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Brownville Junction. She was an avid and knowledgeable gardener, often sharing her plants and expertise with anyone who expressed an interest. She was happiest serving her extended family holiday meals, and many good times were had at her home at Easter and Christmas. She was predeceased by three brothers, Angus, James and Timothy Brasslett, all of Bradford; and four sisters, Bell Berube of Presque Isle, Olive Moulton of Alton, Cecile Delaite of Milo and Gertrude Amero of Milo. Esther is survived by two children, Emma Howell and her husband, Norman of Orneville, and Thomas F. Carle III and his wife, Rowena of Glenburn; two grandchildren, Leisa and Dean O'Clair of Bangor; three great-grandchildren, Gavin Thomas Spelling, Brycelin O'Clair and Alexandra O'Clair; three sisters, Laura Knox of Kenduskeag, Clarida VanDyne of Falmouth and Theresa Tibbetts of Howland, many nieces and nephews. Services were held Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, with Father James Robichaud celebrant. Spring burial will be in the family lot in Pinetree Cemetery. It was Esther's wish that if people chose to remember her in any way, they would contribute to LaSalette Missions, in care of Father William J. Slight, M.S. Mission Director, 947 Park St., P.O. Box 2965, Attleboro, MA 02703-0965.

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