ROCKLAND — Mary Ilvonen Orne, 92, died, Thursday, June 2, 2022, surrounded by her loving family at her home following a period of declining health.

Born on the Ilvonen Farm in Owls Head July 18, 1929, she was a daughter of Uno and Helen Hill Ilvonen. She graduated from Rockland High School in 1948 and married Sidney Orne in 1951. They settled into a house he built across the street, where they raised their three children.

In the early 1970s, Mary and her husband co-owned Mic Mac Cove Campground in Union. In 1977, they bought the Fishhouse cottage on the Meduncook River in Cushing, where they spent many happy summers. She was a member of Broad Cove Church in Cushing for many years.

Over the years, Mary and Sid lived in Thomaston and South Thomaston. In 2000, they built a house on Orne Lane in Cushing. After Sid died in 2010, Mary moved to Rockland to be near her family.

Mary loved handwork, including sewing, knitting, rug braiding, and rug hooking. She was a great cook and looked forward to holidays and family gatherings. She loved to pick whatever berries were in season and made wonderful pies and jams.

Mary was proud of her Finnish heritage. She was a loving mother and a friend to many. She loved people and was always up for a good party.

She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Kalloch of Rockland, Katherine York and her husband, Jim, of Owls Head; her son, William Orne and his wife, Barbie Murray-Orne, of Rockland; her grandchildren, Peter Orne of Belmont, Mass., Kristen York Freeman and companion, Michael Roy, of Owls Head, James York and companion, Ainslee Pine, of Rockland, Ansel Orne of Thomaston, Alexandra Orne and her companion, Tyler Cahill, of Union, and Zachary Benner of Waldoboro; her great-grandchildren, Jack, Katherine, Josie, Sidney, Isabelle and another on the way; her sister, Elsa MacFarland; her brother-in-law, Ronald Lindquist; sisters-in-law, Kathleen Ilvonen, Bernice Bennett, Gloria Dearborn and Leona Mixon; and many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her parents, husband, son-in-law, David Kalloch, and her siblings, Carl Ilvonen, Richard Ilvonen, Barbara Lindquist, Uno F. Ilvonen and Kenneth Ilvonen.

The family would like to thank her caregivers Sherry, Ruth, Julie, Carol, Susan, Mary and Gail. She enjoyed her time with them and regarded them as friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2022, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. The Reverend Kenneth Dale will officiate. Those unable to attend in person may join online at

Memorial contributions may be made to Rockland District Nursing Association, P.O. Box 1713, Rockland, Maine, 04841.

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