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Obituary: Norma Elaine Rattigan – Portland Press Herald

Norma Elaine Rattigan

Norma Elaine Rattigan 1925 – 2022 BRUNSWICK – Norma Elaine Rattigan passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 16, 2022. She was born in Jonesboro, June 25, 1925, daughter of Rae (Lowe) and Alonzo Hatch. In 1942, she graduated from high school in a one-room school, and at age 18 she and her mother left for Boston, Mass. to work in a factory contributing to the WWII effort and from there back to Jonesboro to work in various seafood factories. In 1945, she enrolled in nursing training at Biddeford, as part of the Army Cadet Nurse Corp. After completing her training, she worked in various Maine hospitals for the next three years and finally, in 1950, joined the Army Nurses Corp. must repay its debt to the education of nurses provided by the American government. She served three years in the Army Nurse Corp during the Korean conflict and during her service in Germany she traveled through Europe where she visited many other countries. In 1953 she moved to Brooklyn, NY, where the two oldest sons were born. In 1955, her family moved to Dexter, where the last three sons were born and worked at Plummer Memorial Hospital in Dexter, where she was employed for the next 16 years. After leaving Plummer, she worked at other facilities as a nurse until she was employed by Maine State DHS in 1972. After retiring from the state, she did volunteering in various organizations related to the medical field in the Bangor area. She was a proud Mainer and had a Downeast accent that almost needed interpretation at times. She was a fierce protector of her children and supported them in whatever endeavors they pursued. She loved to read, write and travel to the United States. She spent the winters in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she was left alone and back and forth until she reached her early 80s. She was an avid Scrabble player. She was then residing in Bangor. She was predeceased by a son, Patrick Brendan, who died in 1958 of leukemia; both of his parents; and a prematurely born sister. She is survived by four sons, James of Rockland, Daniel of Winchester, Tennessee, Christopher of Dexter and Michael of Sangerville. There are seven grandchildren, Chris Rattigan and Karen Kier of Las Vegas, Nevada, Jennifer and James Rattigan of Oklahoma City, Okla., Eric Gould of Clarendon, Vt., Anna Rattigan of South Portland, Shawn Rattigan of Petersburg, Tennessee, and nine great-grandchildren. By his own wishes, there is no planned funeral or wake. She will be buried next summer at Masons Bay Cemetery in Jonesboro, alongside her father and sister, in a small gathering of family and friends. Notice of this delay will be posted in the spring. Arrangements are entrusted to Funeral Alternatives, 46 Bath Rd., Brunswick. Condolences can be shared on FuneralAlternatives.net.


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