Portland - Carol Ann Lesniak was baptized into the Hope and Mercy of Christ’s Resurrection on March 31, 2020. Carol was born in Manchester, NH on October 13, 1962 along with her identical twin and beloved sister, Cheryl. Carol and Cheryl were twins, sisters and the very best of friends. Carol attended St. Casimir School in Manchester, NH. Her family moved to Portland, Maine in 1969 and she continued her education in Portland public schools and was a graduate of Deering High School.
Growing up in a family of seven children, Carol enjoyed gymnastics and would frequently be seen around the house and in the backyard doing backflips and other moves with her twin sister, Cheryl. Their special bond also included both having schizophrenia and helping each other navigate their adult lives with this mental illness. The quote, “Being a twin is like being born with a best friend” speaks of the bond and friendship between Carol and her beloved twin sister.
Carol leaves behind her large family: brothers, John (Patty) of Falmouth, ME; Joseph of Cumberland, ME; sisters, Christine (George) Fox of Gorham, ME; Catherine (Bob) Adelman, of St. Louis, MO; Sr. Mary Thomas, CSSF, of Manchester, NH; and her step-sister, Cyndi Pariseau of RI; nephews, Joseph, Thomas, James, Max, JD, and John; nieces, Krysia, Maria, and Anna; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Carol was predeceased by her father, Frederick, her mother, Rita, and her twin sister, Cheryl.
Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, a funeral Mass has not yet been scheduled. A Mass of Christian burial celebrating Carol’s life will be held at a later date when it is safe to gather together once again. Arrangements are under the direction of Cremation of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine.
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