Marie (Jurdak) Paradis

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Marie T. Paradis
1928 - 2017
WATERVILLE - Marie T. Paradis, 89, passed away at Mt. St. Joseph, surrounded by her loving family on Dec. 29, 2017. She was born in Waterville on Feb. 2, 1928, daughter of Edward and Anastasia Jurdak.
Marie was educated in Waterville schools. As a young girl, she helped care for her siblings and was a big part of the Lebanese community at Head of Falls in Waterville.
She was employed at the toothpick factory in Oakland where she met the love of her life, Oscar Paradis. They were married in the summer of 1950.
Marie later worked at Pleasant Street School, running the kitchen for over 20 years until her retirement. She volunteered her time to work with numerous students, teaching them arts and crafts. She was also known to deliver her home baked goodies to all her favorite people and places, including local stores, doctor's offices and Waterville High School students passing by her house.
Marie is survived by her three sons, Donald, Peter and wife, Karen, and Oscar and wife, Lori; her grandchildren, Donald and wife, April, Christopher, Jennifer, Brooks and wife, Kelly and Sean; many great-grandchildren; her siblings, Edward Jurdak, Betty Lancaster, Richard and wife, Marian Jurdak, Donald and wife, Noella Jurdak and Sandra Marcoux; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband, Oscar, her siblings, Jeannette Ross, Robert (Bob) Jurdak and Maddie (June) Plisga.
A family gathering to celebrate Marie's life will be held Saturday, Jan. 13, beginning at 1 p.m. at Marie's home.
A spring service and interment will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed and condolences expressed at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marie's honor to:
Humane Society
Waterville Area
100 Webb Rd.
Waterville, ME 04901
or online at

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Gallant Funeral Home, Inc.
10 Elm St.
Waterville, ME 04901
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Published in Central Maine on Jan. 5, 2018