CARIBOU - Delores “Joann” Stacey, 85, passed from this world peacefully on December 27, 2020 at the Aroostook House of Comfort in Presque Isle, following a brief illness. Joann was born in Fort Kent, on August 3, 1935 to the late Alphonse and Delia (Theriault) Pelletier. She was a 1952 graduate of Fort Kent High School, completing an accelerated academic program and acquiring her diploma at age 16. Soon after graduation, Joann accepted a job with the Fort Kent Cooperative Extension Service, after being recommended by her high school English teacher. In 1956, she married Leon “Lenny” Hale of Grimes Mill (Caribou), and moved to Caribou where they raised their three children: Shelly, Sharon, and Jeffrey. After her children were of school age, Joann worked in the catalog department of Caribou’s J.C. Penney department store for nearly two decades, until her retirement in 1986.
Joann was predeceased by her parents Alphonse and Delia Pelletier; brothers Eric Pelletier of Prospect, CT, Earl Pelletier, Glen Pelletier, and Carl Pelletier Sr., all of Waterbury, CT.; and sister Doris Facondini of Waterbury, CT.
Joann was a gifted artist in all sewing crafts, but particularly as a seamstress and quilter. Her talents also extended into doll and rug making, knitting, and tole painting. She often shared the fruits of her talents via philanthropic donations across the local communities of Northern Maine and Western New Brunswick, Canada (she was a proud member of two craft organizations: the “Stitchin’ n’ Givin’” quilting group in Washburn, and the “TobiCrafters” of Perth-Andover, New Brunswick. Joann’s crafts (especially her signature handmade quilts) were competitively displayed in local craft shows and agricultural fairs on both sides of the U.S./Canada border.
Joann is survived by the following: husband Richard “Dick” Stacey of Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, Canada; former husband Leon Hale of Caribou; daughter Shelly and husband Kirk Tibbetts of Caribou; daughter Sharon Hale and wife Tammy Tatlock of Mechanic Falls; and son Jeffrey and wife Hortensia Hale of Baton Rouge, LA. She is also survived by her grandsons Kurt Brink and wife Rebecca (and great granddaughter Natalie Brink) of Roswell, GA; as well as Christopher Brink and Kyle Tibbetts of Caribou. She is also survived by her brothers James Pelletier and wife Germaine of Wolcott, CT; Gary Pelletier of Terryville, CT; sisters Phyllis Jandreau of Fort Kent, Betty Lemay and partner Paul LeDuc of Waterbury, CT, and Rachel Mariano and husband William of Rotonda West, FL and Springfield, OH.
A loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Joann will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She was humble, kind, and giving. One of her favorite sayings was, “Wherever you go, never forget where you came from.” Her hard work, love of family, artistic flair, and St. John Valley (French-American) upbringing continued to define her character and personality throughout her life.
Joann’s family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at the Aroostook House of Comfort for the kindness and compassion they exhibited to us and our mother during her stay. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations for a personalized etched stone to be placed in the “Remembrance Way Memorial Garden & Pathway” at the Aroostook House of Comfort (18 Green Hill Drive, P.O. Box 867, Presque Isle, ME 04769; www.aroostookhouseofcomfort.com). Your tribute gift will be greatly appreciated and will help fulfill their mission to provide compassionate, dignified end-of-life care.
In keeping with Joann’s wishes, a summer 2021 graveside funeral service and celebration of her life is being planned. To leave condolences and share memories of Joann, please visit www.mocklerfuneralhome.com