Anita G. Langlais
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SHAPLEIGH - Anita G. Langlais, 97, of Shapleigh, died on Feb. 26, 2013, at the Greenwood Center in Sanford after a long illness, with her loving family by her side.
She was born in Sanford on Dec. 18, 1915, the daughter of Alberic and Marie Jeanne (Gauthier) Lebeau.
She was a graduate of The Academy Of Saint Joseph in South Berwick and Sanford High School's Class of 1934.
After the death of her husband Albert Langlais in 1966, she moved back to this area to be closer to her family. She was a devout Catholic with a strong faith in St. Therese and attended daily Mass for years. She was known to have her rosary in hand whenever she sat down, and EWTN was the channel to watch. She was a communicant of Holy Family Church, where she was a member of The Ladies of St. Anne, and she volunteered at the parochial school for several years. Nothing gave her more joy than to be with little children.
She finally settled in Shapleigh, living with her brother, Gaston, for over 30 years.
Besides her husband, she was predeceased by three brothers, Adrien, Anthony and Gaston; three sisters, Jeannette Rooney, Lillian Fontaine and Irene Guignard; and several nieces and nephews.
Survivors include her son, Richard Langlais, and his wife, Muriel, of Shapleigh; grandson, David Langlais, his fiancee, Vickey, and her children, Zachary and Dakota of Springvale; granddaughter, Renee Durgin, her husband, Kevin, and their son, Kyle, of Scarborough; granddaughter, Michelle Lord, her husband, Jonathan, and their children, Elizabeth and Ethan, of Alfred; her son, Albert Langlais, and his wife; grandson, Christopher Langlais, and his wife, Khryste; and granddaughter, Sarah Langlais, and her children, Heather, James and Christine. She also is survived one great-great grandchild.
At the time of her passing, Mrs. Langlais was the longest surviving resident of Shapleigh, which would have enabled her to be next in line to receive The Boston Cane Award, which her brother Gaston received at the age of 94 in 2005 from the late selectman of Shapleigh, Mrs. Ruth Ham.
Her hobbies were reading, making crosswords puzzles and baking. She would bake a daily cake or cookies for her brother and make treats for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They would never leave with one cookie, but a bagful. Summertime, she would spend hours baking zucchini breads for all the families, which everyone looked forward to.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lafrance-Lambert & Black Funeral Home, 29 Winter Street, Sanford.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m. at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish at Notre Dame Church, 10 Payne Street, Springvale.
As Mrs. Langlais was a breast cancer survivor, in lieu of flowers, if planning an expression of sympathy, please consider sponsoring her granddaughter, Renee Durgin, in the annual Triforacure Triathalon on Sunday, July 21. To do so, please visit WWW.TRIFORACURE.ORG and follow the instructions for sponsoring her granddaughter Renee or send a check made out to TRIFORACURE to Renee Durgin, 15 Heritage Lane, Scarborough, Maine 04074.
The family would like to thank the staff at Greenwood Center and also Dr. McGuckin and his staff for the great care given to her.
Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale. Condolences can be expressed at www.blackfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Fosters from Mar. 7 to Mar. 10, 2013