Breta "Gail" Mazzaro - age: 76
(October 09, 1942 to June 21, 2019
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
A celebration of Gail’s life with a service will take place on Saturday, July 6th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church located at 403 Main Street (Route 1) in Saco. Following the service will be a luncheon at Duffy’s Restaurant at 12:00 noon, 168 Saco Avenue in Old Orchard Beach. Donations may be made to the Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough Maine or the Humane Society. Flowers for the service may be arranged through Everlastings & More in Old Orchard Beach, (866) 934-7673. Condolences may be sent to the Mazzaro Family at 9 Cascade Road, Unit A6, Old Orchard Beach, Maine 04064. Arrangements are under the care of Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, 365 Main Street, Saco.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH – Breta Gail Mazzaro, 76, most recently of Old Orchard Beach, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2019, at Gosnell Hospice of Southern Maine after a fearless eight-month battle with liver cancer. Her loving family was by her side.
She was born October 9, 1942, to Richard W. Clukey and Laurette E. Clukey (Marriner) in Augusta, Maine. Growing up in Augusta, she loved to dance and took lessons until she graduated from Cony high school in 1960. Gail loved to cook and plan elaborate parties for her family and friends for any and all occasions. She was everyone’s favorite hostess right up to the very end.
Gail graduated from Gates Business School in Augusta, then had a fulfilling career, owner a nursery school when her children were young; an administrative lead at a women’s substance abuse program (New Directions) in Augusta, where she was responsible for fundraising projects, including Christmas wreath making, an onion ring stand at the Common Ground fair profiting the largest of any food booth at the fair, and a vaudeville show held at Colby College for the benefit of the National Council on Alcoholism; business manager for a substance program in Boston (The Prevention Center); finally retiring from the State of Maine as an Educational Consultant, where she managed the teacher of the year award program for the State of Maine, HOSA-Health Occupation of America and many other high-profile projects. She was most proud of raising her family as she moved around the country with the advancement of her husband’s career. Gail had a zest for life taking on any challenge that came her way. She was energetic, creative, and made lifelong friends wherever she went. She spent her winters in the Piney Point Community in Palmetto, Florida, where she was President of the Piney Point Women’s Club and was heavily involved volunteering with the monthly potluck and many other social events and activities. Never one to miss a Friday night card game, an evening of Dominoes, or a shopping expedition, she was always on the “go.” Gail’s grandchildren were the highlight of her life. She enjoyed spending as much time as she could traveling and visiting with them creating cherished memories. With her love of the ocean, she felt that it would cure all just by sitting on the beach.
She is predeceased by her husband of 42 years Peter Vincent Mazzaro; her mother, Laurette E. Clukey; her father, Richard W. Clukey; and her lifelong cousin who was like a sister to her, Sarah Nason.
She is survived by her four children, Stephanie L. Campbell (Scott), and children Mary-Kate and Bruce, of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Mary-Jane E. Blanchard (Thomas) and children Elizabeth, Anna, and Emily, of North Attleboro, Massachusetts; Bethanie Mazzaro and children Savanna and Joseph Poulin, of Augusta; and Jonathan Mazzaro (Jennifer Auger) and children Charles and Peter, of Scarborough; her sister Mary Ellen Dufresne of Atkinson, New Hampshire and her Brother Edward Clukey of Kennebunk and The Woodlands in Houston, Texas.