CAROL PLAVIN SHAPIRO

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WATERVILLE and WINSLOW -- Carol Plavin Shapiro, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died March 19. She had fought the effects of vascular disease for years and seemed to have been winning the battle until she fell on March 13.

Carol was born in Rumford on March 25, 1933. She was the daughter of Jack Plavin and Edith Ansell Plavin. She moved to Waterville when she was 12 years old and formed a friendship with Estelle Jacobson Ostrove, who has remained her dearest friend for nearly 70 years. After graduating from Waterville High School, Carol attended Colby College. Her fondest memories of Colby were the times she and Estelle chose to do cartwheels on the front lawn rather than study for their exams.

In the summer of 1952, while working as a camp counselor, Carol met and fell in love with Sam Shapiro. They married in the fall of 1953 and have been happily married for nearly 60 years. Carol spent the next few years attempting to begin a family. After much struggle and heartache, she was finally successful in 1957 when she miraculously gave birth to her first son Jeffrey. Over the next three years, she completed her family with two more children, Susan and Eric. Her children blessed her with six grandchildren, Kailea, Joshua, Adam, Lauren, Allison and Connor. Her greatest pride was her family. She was an exceptional wife, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her family, Carol pursued other interests. In the early 80s, she became the first woman to serve as a state of Maine liquor commissioner. In 1977, Carol began working at the Waterville High School library. This job brought much joy to her and to the students to whom she gave guidance and friendship.

Carol is survived by her husband, Samuel Shapiro; her son, Jeffrey Shapiro, and his children, Kailea and Connor; her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Gregory Macri, and their son, Joshua; and her son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Lynn Shapiro and their children, Adam, Lauren and Allison.

She was predeceased by her mother and father, Jack and Edith Plavin; and her brother, Martin Plavin.

Carol was not a woman of the world, her world was her family.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 22, at Beth Israel Synagogue on Upper Main Street in Waterville, followed by a graveside service at Beth Abraham Cemetery in Auburn. A luncheon celebrating Carol's life will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at Joseph's Fireside Restaurant on West River Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Carol Shapiro Scholarship Fund, Waterville High School. Donations may be sent to Tonge Investments, 22 Common St., Waterville, ME 04901.

Published in Central Maine from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2013