Obituary: Lena A. Walsh – Portland Press Herald



Lena A. Walsh

PORTLAND – Lena A. Walsh, 95, passed away on December 16, 2021 at The Birchwoods at Canco Assisted Living in Portland. Lena was born on Boxing Day 1925, the fifth of nine children to John and Maria Ciccarelli Aceto. A longtime Portland resident, she grew up on Anderson Street, a short walk from her family’s corner store on Cumberland Avenue and close to the North School she attended. Later, Lena would attend Portland High, graduating in 1945. Each summer, Lena would gather with her PHS classmates for a reunion lunch until their last reunion in 2019.

Lena married Francis J. Walsh on April 11, 1948, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Portland. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary before Frank passed away in 2014. Lena was devoted to her Catholic faith and a faithful communicator of St. Pius X Church in her East Deering neighborhood.

Lena first worked at New England Tel & Tel, then helped her sisters at the family store while focusing on raising her four children: Stephanie, Peter, Michael and Maryann.

For nearly 40 years, the Walshees traveled across the United States to attend army meetings of the 863rd Engineer Battalion. Lena was very active and independent; attending mass, running errands and running their own household until recently. She was very proud of her Italian heritage. She especially enjoyed working in her kitchen preparing her Italian specialties from scratch and organizing vacation get-togethers. She cherished her time with her friends and loving family. We will always hold dear our loving memories and celebrate the special kindness that she so willingly shared.

Lena was predeceased by her husband, Francis; four brothers, Edmund, Nicholas, John and Ralph; three sisters, Antoinette, Joséphine and Rose; and his son-in-law Mitchell Klapper.

Lena is survived by her four children, Stephanie Trainor and her husband Timothy, Peter Walsh and his wife Kate, Michael Walsh and his wife Elizabeth, Maryann Walsh-Klapper; granddaughters, Shana D’Andrea and Colleen Walsh; great-grandson, Nicholas Walsh and great-granddaughter Elaina D’Andrea. She is also survived by her brother Albert (Sonny) Aceto and his wife Alta, her sisters-in-law Marie Aceto, and Agnes Townsend and her husband Gerald; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank Lena’s caregivers for their compassionate and professional care and loving support to her family.

A Christian funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at St. Pius Church, 492 Ocean Avenue Portland. A jail service will follow at Old Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.

Instead of flowers,

Donations in Lena’s memory can be made to:

CASA, Inc.

P.O. Box 150

Westbrook, ME 04098-0150

Golden Book

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