Rose Marie Small

Life Story

Rose Marie Small, 94, formerly of Central Avenue, Lewiston, passed away at Clover Manor in Auburn on April 6th, 2019.  She was born Rose Marie Piselli on October 7th, 1924 in Auburn, to Joseph and Vittoria (Urzia) Piselli. Educated in local schools, Rose graduated from Edward Little High School, Class of ’42, and Bliss Business College.  She started her secretarial career at North American Phillips in Lewiston, and then was a legal secretary for Murphy & Coyne Law Offices for many years.

Rose married Raymond George Ouellette in July 1947 and had four children: Raymond G. Ouellette, Jr, Ronald P. Ouellette, Patricia A. (Ouellette) Goughnour, and Pamela M. Ouellette. Rose divorced, and in 1964 remarried Donald F. Small. 

During her long life, she was an active member of the Legal Secretaries, Sons of Italy, St Mary’s Patronesses, St. Vincent Du Paul Society, and Rosary Sodality; she loved playing bingo at the Auburn Senior Citizens.  She and her husband Don traveled to Italy as she was very proud of her Italian heritage. During their retired years they enjoyed traveling across the US, and lived in Florida for over a decade before returning back home to Maine in 2001.  Rose was an avid fan of the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox, and she was featured on the front page of the Lewiston Sun Journal when the Pats won the Super Bowl in 2016. 

A member of the former St. Patrick’s Church, Rose was predeceased by her husband, Donald F. Small, her brother, Michael Piselli, and her sister, Frances Piselli McMahon.  She is survived by all her four children, her sister, Grace Piselli Keene, three grandchildren, Colonel Christopher J. Ouellette, USAF, Adam R. Begin, and Sarah P. Higgins, four great grandchildren, John “Jack” Ouellette, Lacie Higgins, Gabriel Ouellette, and Ella Higgins as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Rose’s family are grateful to Clover Manor Skilled Nursing and Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice for their loving care. 


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