Lynda T. Langella.

GORHAM – Lynda T. Langella. 79, of Gorham, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2022 at home knowing the love of her family.

She was born in Portland in 1942 to Norman and Marjorie (St. Pierre) Tucker. She graduated from Gorham High School in 1960 with the clear intention of becoming a teacher, a decision she had made in elementary school. She earned her teaching degree from Gorham State Teachers College (USM) in 1960 and began her career at Congin Elementary School in Westbrook. After her eldest child was born, she opened Happy Hill Nursery School in North Gorham to fulfill her roles as mother and teacher simultaneously.

When her youngest started kindergarten, she closed the kindergarten and began teaching in the Gorham school system where she remained until her retirement.

She was a member of the Standish Baptist Church and it was there that she found a way to pursue her passion for teaching. She volunteered to read in Mrs. Wilkins’ class at Standish Baptist Academy.

Lynda was an avid gardener, specializing in fairy gardens, a multimedia artist and loved decorating her home. Her favorite role was that of Maymie for her grandchildren and she was delighted to have known her great-granddaughter as well.

She was predeceased by her parents; and her husband James V. Langella.

She is survived by her daughter Amy Hatch of Westbrook; son Nathan Hatch and his wife Terri of Gorham; fiance, Keith Tabor of Dover, NH; brother Jason Tucker of Limerick; his grandchildren Marjorie (Maggie) Bayley of Yarmouth, Rhiannon Hatch of South Portland, Liam Foley of Standish, Noah Hatch of Gorham; and her great-granddaughter Rowan Ground of Hollis.

A funeral service for Lynda will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery, 380 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook, on Saturday August 6, 2022 at 11 a.m.

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In lieu of flowers, at Lynda’s request, donations to the Gorham Backpack program may be made in her memory. The BackPack program helps Gorham students who are suffering the effects of hunger with nutritious, easy-to-prepare foods to eat during weekends and school holidays when crucial school meals are unavailable.

DONATION CHECKS can be made payable to: Gorham School Department with the BackPack program written in the note line. A receipt will be mailed for tax purposes. Please send to: Hollis Cobb, Finance Officer, Gorham School Department, 75 South Street, Gorham, Maine 04038.

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