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Cecilia H. Mainville of Rochester, N.H., and formerly of Newburyport, Mass., died peacefully in her sleep on December 10, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.

Cecilia (Ceil) was born November 22, 1923, to Virgilio and Annunziata Soldani in Marlborough, Mass., where she attended St. Anne’s Academy and Anna Maria College. She was an ardent educator, serving as a long-term substitute teacher in the greater Newburyport area until retirement in 1991. In special circumstances, she would tutor students, helping them realize their full potential. Deeply religious, she also taught CCD at her home for the Immaculate Conception Church. Her interests were many, including language, music, history and art. An accomplished artist, her passion was watercolors, entering exhibits and selling many paintings through the Durham Art Association. However, nothing brought her more joy than to be with family and friends. She will always be remembered for her kind and gentle smile and compassionate ear.
She is survived by daughters, Sheila Marquette, husband, Skip of Barrington, N.H., and Mary Mainville, partner, Misha Galt-Martin of Seattle, Wash.; sons, Jerry Mainville, Greg Mainville, wife, Mary, all of Amesbury, Mass.; sister, Anita Phillips of Westborough, Mass.; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husbands, Patrick Hartnett and Joseph Mainville; and son, Christopher Mainville.
The funeral Mass will be held Friday, December 16, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Parish/St. Joseph’s Church, corner of Sparhawk and School Streets in Amesbury. An hour of visiting will be held at the church prior to the Mass from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will follow at 1:15 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Beach Street, Marlborough, MA.

In lieu of flowers, a donation for activities may be made to Riverside Rest Home, 276 County Farm Road, Dover, NH 03820 or a charity of one’s choice.

Published on  December 14, 2016
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