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Charlene Kinnelly

January 14, 1944 ~ October 28, 2017 (age 73)

It is with a heavy heart, that the family of Charlene P. Kinnelly, of Gardiner, announces her passing on October 28, 2017.  Charlene was born in Lewiston, ME, on January 14, 1944, the third child of Justice Charles A. and Arlene C. Pomeroy.

She was predeceased by both her parents, and a brother, David C. Pomeroy.  She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Kinnelly and her partner, John Goudreau, of Gardiner.  Her beloved granddaughter, Lacy Goudreau, also of Gardiner.  A brother and sister-in-law, Karl and Suzanne Pomeroy, of Malvern, PA, a sister, Pamela Gilliam, of Collingswood, NJ, and a sister-in-law, Marylin Pomeroy, of Woodstock, CT, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and extended family.

She grew up in Auburn, Portland, and Windham, graduating from Windham HS, and going on to get her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Orono.  She began her career as a social worker at Pineland Center.  While there, she held a variety of positions, ending in the role of acting Superintendent.  It was in this role that she supported and advocated for the institution’s closure.  After leaving Pineland, she became the Executive Director of Uplift, Inc. in Gardiner. She stayed in this position for over 20 years.  During this time, she earned her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.  Upon “retiring”, she served as a lobbyist for the state association for community service providers- MACSP.   Retiring a second time, she worked behind the legislative scenes continuing to advocate for individuals and their families.

Charlene served on many boards and advisory groups both in state and nationally, and still was active in several at the time of her death.  She was honored many times throughout her career, both at the State and National levels.    Although she was proud of these awards, she never felt that what she was doing was all that special.  She treated all people with respect and dignity, and often provided a voice for those without.

Charlene loved the game of golf even if she didn’t play well.  She had a green thumb and was often given plants to save after others tried to care for them.  She loved crossword puzzles, a good mystery, and admiring the birds I her neighborhood.

Charlene’s beliefs touched many, many people, and her strong advocacy and steadfast support will be missed.  As a mom, “mom-in-law”, Nana, sister, aunt, and friend, she will be missed most of all.

At her request there will be no funeral.  Instead, there will be a Celebration of Life at the American Legion Smith-Wiley Post in Gardiner, on November 9, 2017, from 12 pm – 3pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to Uplift, Inc. PO Box 1106, Gardiner ME 04345.


Charitable donations may be made to:

Uplift, Inc
P.O.Box 1106, Gardiner ME 04345

 Service Information

Celebration of Life
November 9, 2017

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
American Legion Post # 4
Griffen Street
Gardiner, Maine 04345

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