FAIRFIELD, ME--Dorothy Alice (Gwazdosky) Belanger passed away August 15, 2018, at her home in Fairfield, ME. \r\n\r\nShe was born in Winslow, ME on either January 30 or January 31, 1926. The ongoing debate over which day stems from the desire to have a different birthday than her twin, Doris. (Neither of whom ‘came over on the boat’ regardless of what they told you.) They were two of the ten children born to Russian and Polish immigrants, Stephen and Olga (Kachnovich) Gwazdosky. \r\n\r\nDorothy graduated from Winslow High School in 1945, where her yearbook recognizes she and Doris’ penchant for confusing their teachers by trading places. Dorothy and Doris moved to Washington DC later that year to work as clerks for the federal government. Together they stood in front of the White House with thousands of others following the announcement that Japan had surrendered. \r\n \r\nDorothy moved back to Maine, met, fell in love with, and married Harold Belanger in 1951. The Winslow Black Raider had fallen for a Lawrence Bulldog who would not stray far from home. Dorothy and Harold raised five children and two businesses in Fairfield, ME. They trademarked "Belanger's Famous Tortiere Pies" in 1951. The pies were originally sold at Belanger's Market which was run by Harold and his brother, Fred. Dorothy and Harold ran Belanger's Drive-In and Dairy Bar from 1974 until their retirement in 1986. Not content to retire, Dorothy worked for several more years at Sounds Easy Video where she was once recognized as Employee of the Year. Dorothy also enjoyed participating in her Monday night bowling league winning several titles in the early 1990s. \r\n \r\nDorothy was predeceased her husband, Harold; her parents; six brothers, Nicolas, Alec, Joseph, William, Julius and John Gwazdosky; and three sisters, Doris Gwazdosky DeAngelis, Nellie McMahon and Luba Gwazdosky. \r\n \r\nDorothy is survived by her five children, Diane Veilleux of Fairfield, ME, Beckie Seeley and her husband Calvin of Winslow, ME, Linda Brown and her husband Gordon of Rome, ME, Russell Belanger and his wife Tina of Fairfield, ME, and Ruth Leigh and her husband Randy of Fairfield, ME; six grandchildren, Jenny Boyden and her husband Matt of Clinton, ME, Amy Foss and her husband Gerald of Winslow, ME, Tracy Leigh of Windsor, ME, Chelsea Brown of Rochester, NY, Chace Belanger of Portland, ME, and Paige Belanger of Fairfield, ME; three great-grandchildren, Storer and Jillian Boyden of Clinton, ME and Cassidy Foss of Winslow, ME; and many nieces and nephews.\r\n\r\nThe family would like to offer a special thank you to Sheila Campbell and Laura Campbell of Visiting Nursing of Maine (VNA) for their help and excellent care.\r\n\r\nAt Dorothy's request there will be no visiting hours. \r\n\r\nA Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am on Wednesday, August 22 at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 112 Silver Street, Waterville, ME with a graveside committal service for the family following at St. Francis Cemetery, 78 Grove Street, Waterville, ME.\r\n\r\nAn online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com\r\n\r\nArrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield, ME.