Portland, ME — Elaine Ruth LeBlanc-Baker, 58, died peacefully in the early Sunday morning hours of June 30, 2013, at home in Portland, Maine, following an eight-month struggle against pancreatic cancer. Her devoted husband, Bruce W. Baker, was by her side.
She was born in Gardner, Mass., on March 6, 1955, the daughter of Attorney Francis H. LeBlanc and Ruth (Kolapakka) LeBlanc, who predeceased her. Elaine leaves her husband, Bruce, and two step-sons, Nathan J. Baker of Philadelphia, Pa., and Lyle H. Baker of Baltimore, Md.; and Buck, a border collie who was her faithful companion. She also leaves five siblings, Christine M. Wironen and Thomas F. LeBlanc, both of Gardner, Mass., Anne F. Wagner of Forestdale, Mass., Michelle L. Sans of Princeton, Mass., and Stephen J. LeBlanc of Bonita Springs, Fla. Elaine also leaves seven nieces and nephews to whom she was intensely devoted, Jennifer A. Corso of Gardner, Mass., Michelle A. Manasseh of Newport Beach, Calif., Laura D. Wagner of Berkeley, Calif., John F. Wagner of Washington, D.C., Hannah R. Wagner of Gardner, Mass., and Joshua S. Sans and Nathaniel F. Sans, both of Princeton, Mass. She and her husband, Bruce, were married at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Mass., on January 18, 2003. She chose to be married there so her young nieces and nephews could ski if they were bored at the wedding reception. In spite of the cold temperatures, they did.
Elaine attended Our Lady of the Holy Rosary School in Gardner before graduating from Gardner High School in 1973. She continued her education at Middlebury College, graduating in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and Spanish. While at Middlebury, Elaine met her lifelong closest friends, Marsha Ladeau, Patty McNamara, and Gillian Lloyd. After college, Elaine studied at the Wallace E. Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College. She worked for many years in the computer industry, first as a software product manager and later as a marketing executive. She said this career involved long hours for sub-optimal pay and the promise of a future payoff. A career shift found her working as a financial advisor for Edward D. Jones & Co., later at the Investment Center at Eastern Bank, and most recently as a financial service representative for MetLife in Portland, Maine.
She enjoyed attending most sporting events, but none more than Nathan’s soccer games and Lyle’s football games. Elaine and Bruce traveled most weekends to attend Nate’s soccer games while he was a student at Drexel University and to watch Lyle play football, while at Andover High School and more recently at Trinity College. She staunchly supported her nieces and nephews in their varied interests through the years.
Elaine also enjoyed cooking, gardening, interior decorating, movies, reading books (the old-fashioned way), attending sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. She maintained lifelong friendships with many of her Middlebury classmates. She left behind a piano and had always hoped to have enough time to take piano lessons.
ARRANGEMENTS: In accordance with Elaine’s wishes, a celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at the First Parish Church, 425 Congress St., in Portland, Maine.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gastrointestinal Research Fund, Massachusetts General Hospital, Attention: Jenn Ryan, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114.