Donalene D. Verge

May 12, 2017
Donalene Verge

Thomaston — Donalene Dow Verge, 74, passed away on the morning of Monday, May 8, 2017, peacefully at home with her family, following another battle with cancer. Born Oct. 24, 1942, in Damariscotta, she was the daughter of Wilmot S. and Helene (Simmons) Dow, who predeceased her.

Donalene attended schools in Waldoboro, and was a graduate of Waldoboro High School in the class of 1960, and earned her teaching degree from  Gorham State Teachers College. She began her career teaching in Wiscasset, before joining the Thomaston Grammar School, where she taught fifth grade for more than 25 years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and was awarded Teacher of the Year.

During her retirement, she spent the last 24 years greeting and assisting customers at Wal-Mart in Rockland and Thomaston. In 2007 she was honored, along with her husband, as grand marshals in the Thomaston Fourth of July parade.

In addition to her devoted husband of more than 53 years, Dana R. Verge, of Thomaston, whom she married July 13, 1963 in Waldoboro, Donalene is survived by: her daughter, Sonia Verge Bates, and her companion, Greg Berry, of Washington; four grandchildren, Shane, Garrett and his wife, Kate, Trevor and Caitlin; two great-grandchildren, Molly and Isabella; two brothers, Dana L. Dow and his wife, Lisa, and Wilmot E. Dow and his wife, Donna, both of Waldoboro; her father-in-law, Woodrow Verge, of Waldoboro; several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for a service to celebrate Donalene’s life at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 28, in the gymnasium of the old Thomaston Grammar School (Thomaston Academy), 60 Main St., Thomaston. The Rev. Robert E. Dorr will officiate. Interment will be private.

Should friends so desire, donations may be made in Donalene’s memory to Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship, NU Chapter, c/o Beth Chamberlain, 37 Ridgeview Drive, Thomaston, ME 04861; or Energy 4 Life, c/o Susan Page, P.O. Box 485, Rockland, ME 04841.

Arrangements are with Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, Damariscotta. Condolences and messages for her family may be expressed by visiting

Comments (3)
Posted by: Robert M Rosenberg | May 15, 2017 06:38

So sort to hear of Donna's passing. My sympathies go out to you Dana, Sonia, and your family

Posted by: GLENNA DRINKWATER | May 13, 2017 20:56

Wonderful person and will miss her. WE played basketball against each other and enjoyed every moment. So so sorry

Posted by: Ragna Weaver | May 12, 2017 18:05

What of the nicest person I had the good fortune to know. She was special in so many ways. Heaven gained another angel.

R.I.P. Donalene

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