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Obituary: Mary Louise Cullinan Onofrio

LEWISTON – Mary Louise Cullinan Onofrio of Norway, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 16 , 2023, at the home of …

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Mary Louise Cullinan Onofrio

LEWISTON – Mary Louise Cullinan Onofrio of Norway, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 16 , 2023, at the home of her eldest son, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on Jan. 19, 1938, the daughter of Henry Cummings Cullinan and Evelyn Gilman Cullinan. She met her future husband Richard Onofrio at a country dance in Otisfield when Richard was on Christmas break from college. They later married and were blessed with three children; Sherry, Michael and David. Their marriage spanned a glorious 68 years.

The Onofrio home was a warm and welcoming place for family and friends. Mary Lou’s genius in the kitchen was on display for holiday dinners and even for rock band practices held by the boys whose room was directly over the living room in their house on Orchard Street in Norway.

Mary Lou was ever the adventurous spirit, never turning down a new challenge which included hot air ballooning, river rafting, parasailing, zip lining, riding the biggest, baddest roller coasters or convincing the pilot of an antique double winged open cockpit plane to do aerobatics for her and Richard. (He did).

When the children were grown, Mary Lou and Richard started traveling. One such adventure was a month long western camping trip to visit the U.S. national parks. Other trips included Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico and a circuit tour of Europe and Italy.

Later in life she became a CNA. This work gave her the opportunity to do what she was so good at, helping others. She also volunteered as a cook at community lunches in Norway for many years. She will be remembered for her great compassion and love of her family.

Mary Lou was predeceased by her youngest son, David Onofrio.

She will be deeply missed by her dedicated husband Richard, her children Michael Onofrio and wife Celeste of Lewiston; daughter Sherry Grant of Norway; granddaughters Tanesha Pottle and husband Thomas of Perry, Caitlin Grant of Denver, Colo.; grandsons Justin Onofrio and wife Natasha of Norway and Nicholas Grant and Tasha of Benton; great grandsons Sean and Roman Pottle, Levi Onofrio and great-granddaughter Myra Onofrio.

The family is planning a graveside ceremony to honor her life in the spring of 2024.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Responsible Pet Care in South Paris.

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