Claudine Olmstead
26 October 1923 - 21 February 2018
Funeral Date: 12 May 2018
Caribou – It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Claudine “Red” Helen Olmstead, 94, on February 21, 2018 surrounded by most of her children at Redington Fairview Hospital in Skowhegan.  She was born in Caribou October 26, 1923, the daughter of the late Sanger E. and Neva B. (Cory) Maxwell.  Claudine graduated from Caribou High School in 1941.  After working for a short period of time in Manchester, Connecticut, she returned to Caribou and in 1942 married Philip Olmstead and together they farmed for a number of years.  She worked for a number of years at the S&H Green Stamps in Caribou and Presque Isle and Fitzgerald Office Supply in Caribou.  Claudine was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star for a number of years and held most of the offices, including Worthy Matron.  She was awarded her 50 year pin for her service.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church of Caribou.  In addition to her parents, Claudine was predeceased by her husband Philip, brother Lloyd Maxwell, sister Cora Pangburn and half-sister Marie Howe, half-brothers Nason Maxwell, Gordon Maxwell and Delmer Maxwell, sons-in-law Vincent R. Gonska and Donald L. Scott.  She is survived by a sister, Marjorie J. (Maxwell) Woodward of Hallowell,  half-sisters Shirley Pelkey and Nancy Kummer, two sons Philip and Louise (Cote) Olmstead of Fort Fairfield, and Gregg and Irene (Russell) Olmstead of Lumberton, TX., three daughters, Nancy Gonska of Windham, Shari and Teddy Dyer of Madison, and April and Rick Stairs of Wolcott, Conn., 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Friends wishing to remember Claudine may do so by donating in her memory to the Caribou United Baptist Church, 74 High Street Caribou, Maine 04736 or Halfway Home Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 488, Caribou, Maine 04736.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of the Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir Street, Caribou, Maine.  Interment will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery.  


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  • Sue (Gallagher) Simpson
  • 27 February 2018
So sorry to hear of Claudine's sincere sympathies to Nancy and the family.
  • Allen J. Voisine
  • 28 February 2018
To everyone in Claudine's family, my deepest sympathies until we all meet her again. In all my dealings with Claudine at Fitzgerald's it was always a pleasure.
  • Ashley L Carver
  • 28 February 2018
I love you grammie o you will be forever missed and remembered for your smile and laugh. love you.
Ashley Lynn Carver
  • Rick Landeen
  • 02 March 2018
Seeing Claudine's obituary brought back many memories of years ago when my parents owned the store on the New Sweden Road where Sanger's farm was just down the hill and Claudine and family lived down on the Ogren Road. Nancy used to babysit my sister and I and I believe I went to school with Shari. Long time ago, but a much simpler time and would love to be back there. Very sorry to read of Claudine's passing and I send my condolences to the entire family.
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