Windham- Marie Norberta OConnell Jerome,93, formerly of Rolfe Road,died peacefully on Sunday, December 13, 2015,at the Gosnell Hospice House with her loving family by her side. She was born in Portlandon July5, 1922,adaughter of the lateWilliamNorbert Sr. and Mary Frances(Earls)OConnell. She grew up in her beloved St. Patricks Parish in the Libbytown section of Portland, she graduated from St. Patricks School and Cathedral High School. Shortly thereafter she proudly served her country as a WAVE during World War II and worked for the Navy in Washington DC. During the war she met her future husband, LaVern Joseph Jerry Jerome. They were married in Washington, DC,on June 19, 1944. After the war they raised six children in Portland, a city she cherished. Norberta and Jerry supported St. Patricks Grammar School andChurch as well as Cathedral, Cheverus, and McAuley High Schools. All the while raising her children she also worked as a telephone operator for the phone company. They worked hard to provide their children with postsecondary educations. In later years they built a retirement home at Persumpscott Cove in Windham. This became a site for many family gatherings and wonderful shared memories. Norbertas interest included her Irish heritage and her husbands roots in North Dakota, art, literature, world geographyand culture, music, theatre, and books of all kinds. She will be remembered as a kind and gracious soul who always put others first.She was a devoted Catholic andSt. Patricks parishioner. Her life revolved around her family, which has been comforted by countless enduring memories, includingher show-stopping high kicks/ toe touches, wading into The Lake sporting navy blue Keds, and her chocolate peanut butter fudge that you had to eat with a spoon. The family expresses its gratitude to: Home Instead Gorham, Scarborough Terrace, Gosnell Hospice House, Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough especially the staff of the A and B units and the many dedicated medicalpersonnelwho treated her with skill and kindness, especially Dr. Peter Gordon and his nurse, Sue. She was predeceased by her devoted husband, LaVern, a sister Patricia Titi OConnell and husband Kenneth Cootie Cooledge, brothers Joseph S. and wife Patricia OConnell, William N.OConnell, Jr. and her greatgrandson Aiden Jerome. She is survived by four daughters Ann Marie and husband John McLaughlin of Standish, Nancy and husband PaulBoduchof North Hampton, NH, Margaret and husband Daniel Kane of South Portland, and Regina Jerome of Melrose, MA: twosons,Stephen and wife Sharon Jerome of Raymond, and Christopher and wife Barbara Jerome of Falmouth; 19 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, several nieces nephews, and other loving family members. Visiting hours will be heldon Thursday, December 17, 2015, from 4:00 to 7:00pmat Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home,172 State Street, Portland, ME.Prayers will be recited at the funeral homeon Friday, December 18, 2015 at 10:15amfollowed by an11:00amMass of Christian Burial at St. Pius X Catholic Church,492 Ocean Ave, Portland. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Broadway,SouthPortland. To visit Norbertas memorial page or to leave an online condolence, please visitwww.ctcrawford.com. If desired, donations in her name can be made to: The Maine Veterans Home, Resident Activity Program,290 Route 1, Scarborough, ME, 04074.