Obituary of Melissa Laser
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It is with great sorrow that we report the passing of Melissa “Missy” Laser at the young age of 40 on April 27, 2010. Melissa was born in Ohio, grew up in central Maine - residing in Atkinson and Dexter - and most recently lived and worked in Augusta, Maine. She was an avid scholar committed to life-long learning. She graduated from Dexter Regional High School in1987, received her Bachelors Degree from the University of Maine in 1994 and her Masters Degree from U Maine in 1997. Melissa earned her PhD from Antioch University New England in Environmental Studies in 2007. She was extremely devoted to her work with the Maine State Bureau of Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat. She was a steadfast advocate for the environment working tirelessly to achieve and maintain healthy ecosystems for the watersheds of Maine. Melissa had a gift for bringing people with diverse opinions together and helping them find common ground and plan action on behalf of the environment and human well-being. She was also an adjunct university professor. Melissa was a strong, independent and vivacious person. She loved spending time in the outdoors, especially fishing, kayaking, hiking, biking and skiing. She was a voracious reader and enthusiastic music lover. She was beautiful inside and out with an unforgettable smile. Melissa is survived by her father Eric Laser, Eric’s wife Lisa Laser, prior stepmother Peggy Smith, brother Mark Laser, sister April Laser Orlando, sister Gemma Laser, stepsisters Sayward Carolin Salazar and Ariel Carolin, nephew Jake Laser, nieces Sophia Orlando and Alejandra Salazar and numerous loving aunts, uncles and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother Janice Laser and nephew Kyle Orlando. Services to celebrate her life will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 8th at the Sangerville Unitarian Universalist Church. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Melissa’s name to the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society 55 Strawberry Avenue Lewiston, Maine 04240. She is greatly missed.To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Melissa Laser, please visit our Tree Store
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We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Riposta Funeral Home
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