Arolyn Jean Dow Antognoni, 81, died peacefully Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 surrounded by her family and the beautiful sunset of Clary Lake. Born April 8, 1931 to Robert and Mildred Dow of Augusta, she graduated from Cony High School in 1949, attended 2 years at the University of Maine Farmington, and graduated from Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina in 1953. She taught Home Economics for 2 years in Greenville, South Carolina at San Souci Junior High and returned to Augusta in 1955 where she took a position with CMP as a Home Service Advisor. Arolyn and Bob met in 1956 in Dexter, Maine through their love of music and dancing and married June 22, 1957 sharing 55 years of marriage. Arolyn devoted her life to making a home for her five children and loving husband. The home she created on Clary Lake reflects her love and affection, enjoyment and compassion which she shared with her large and cherished community of family and friends. She leaves behind her husband Bob, her 4 children and their families, her sister Roberta Giampetruzzi of Portland and many nieces and nephews. Her children and their families include: Jean and George Phelps of Gardiner, Mary Antognoni Hornecker of Jefferson and Todd Hornecker of Weatherford, Texas, Robert S. and Donna Antognoni of Randolph, and Andrea and Sean McGowan of Denver, Colorado; 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; Joshua Massey and his wife Sarah of Richmond and their daughter Sophia Arolyn, William and Michael Phelps of Gardiner; Brett Hornecker of Weatherford, TX and Jared Hornecker of Jefferson; Seth Antognoni and his wife Meagan and their daughter Riley Noelle of Biddeford, Kaylee and Robert E. Antognoni of Randolph; and Theo Brown of Vinalhaven, and Eamonn McGowan of Denver, CO. She was predeceased by her son Mark Antognoni and her grandson Anthony Massey.Arolyn had a love for music and with her beautiful soprano voice sang with the CMP Lamplighters chorus, the Bank of Maine Bicentennial Singers, the First Baptist Church of Jefferson choir, and the St. Denis Church senior choir. She was a member of both the Jefferson and Whitefield Historical Society, a board member of the Clary Lake Association, a Clary Lake loon count volunteer for the Maine Audubon Society, a member of the Highland Cemetery Association, a member of the Cony High Alumni Association, a sister of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, a sewing instructor for Augusta Adult Education, and a longtime apple pie judge at the Windsor Fair. She looked forward to her Wednesday night knitters group where she created many treasured memories with her dearest friends.
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