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Lorelle  J. Pelletier
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Obituary for Lorelle J. Pelletier

Falmouth – Lorelle J. Pelletier, 83, died on Friday, February 2, 2018, following a brief illness. She was born in Portland and raised in Falmouth, the daughter of the late Albert and Yvonne (Bourgoin) Pelletier. She attended Saint Joseph’s Academy in South Berwick, Maine and Falmouth schools. She graduated from the Maine Medical School of Nursing. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Nursing from Boston University; a Master’s Degree in Management from Lesley College and a certificate in Grantsmanship from Suffolk University. Miss Pelletier was a Nurse Educator and specialist in pediatrics. She worked for Dr. David K. Lovely of Portland, Jackson Memorial Hospital of Miami, Florida, Cedars of Lebanon Hospital of Hollywood, California, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Floating Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Boston, Kennedy Hospital for Disabled Children, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She was on the faculty of Boston College and Newton-Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing where she became chairperson of the Parent and Child Department and retired as the Assistant Director of the School of Nursing.

As an active member in community affairs, she served on the Advisory Board to the Nursing Commissioner of Health and Hospitals of Boston. She was devoted to the health and welfare of children and initiated and conducted discussion groups for parents of disabled children at Kennedy Memorial Hospital, and instituted Friendly Hospital Day at Newton-Wellesley Hospital to orient pre-school and early school age children to hospital procedures. She designed and taught babysitting courses for adolescents and offered a first aid course for nursery school teachers. She also served as a board member for the day care center of which she was instrumental in founding at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Lorelle held memberships in the American Nurses Association, the National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nursing. She served as vice president of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island League of Nursing in 1986.

She co-authored and was contributing author to several nursing text books, one of which, The Handbook of Infectious Diseases, was selected by the World Health Organization for distribution to underdeveloped countries.

She was cited in the first Who’s Who in Nursing. However, the honor she cherished most was being selected by the student nursing class of 1978 to have their yearbook dedicated to her.

Her hobbies and interests including reading, traveling, knitting, gardening and writing limericks, poems, short stories and a novel. She also spend a great deal of time pursing her family genealogy and history.

Lorelle loved and enjoyed children of every description and was always fascinated by their behavior.

In her later years, she continued her interest in learning by enrolling in many classes at the Senior College, University of Southern Maine.

She provided financial support to a dozen or more families of small children in underdeveloped counties and contributed to many charities serving children.

Following her retirement and return to Maine, she became a nanny to Jennifer Koslcek and Zoe Kitchel, both of who she loved dearly.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Velma (Pelletier) Boulos. Lorelle is survived by a brother Peter and his wife, Doris of Brewer; a sister, Claudette (Pelletier) Wise and her husband Emanuel, of Brewster, MA; nine nieces and nephews, fifteen great-nieces and nephews, and one great-great-nephew.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland. Arrangements are under the direction of the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland, Maine. To view Lorelle’s memorial page, or to share an online condolence, please visit

Those who wish may make contributions in Lorelle’s memory to a special fund that she established at the University of Southern Maine to assist nursing students who experience a financial crisis or would benefit from peer tutoring to successfully complete their course of study. It was a way to demonstrate her appreciation for the scholarship aid she received during her nursing education: Lorelle’s Scholarship for Nursing Students, University of Southern Maine, P.O. Box 9300, Portland, Maine 04104-9300.

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Mass of Christian Burial




10:00 AM
Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception

307 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101

Commital Service




11:00 AM
Calvary Cemetery

1461 Broadway
South Portland, ME 04106

Memorial Contribution

Lorelle's Scholarship for Nursing Students

University of South Maine
PO Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104-9300

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