Gladys W. Esancy, 82, died Dec. 27, 2010, at Windward Gardens in Camden.

Born in Rockland on March 28, 1928, she was the daughter of Alfred G. and Arlene L. Aho Wuori. She grew up on her family’s South Waldoboro poultry farm and was educated in local schools, graduating with Waldoboro High School’s class of 1946.

On July 26, 1958, she married Arnold M. Esancy at Union.

For more than 26 years Gladys worked at GTE/Sylvania in Waldoboro, retiring in 1984.

For many years she attended Waldoboro Methodist Church, and in later years was a member of the Finnish Congregational Church in South Thomaston and the Finn/Am Society.

Other than her parents, Gladys was predeceased by her only sister Margorie Wuori Wallace.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years Arnold M. Esancy of Union; her son William J. Leppanen and his wife, Nancy, of Owls Head; one grandson Eric Leppanen and his wife, Linda; two great-grandchildren, Brogan and Zepherin, all of Belfast; two special cousins, Dorothy Wuori Craney of Warren and Nancy Aho Curtis of Owls Head; as well as nieces and nephews.

There will be no visiting hours.

A committal service at East Union Cemetery will be announced in the spring.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to either The Finnish Congregational Church, P. O. Box 293, South Thomaston, ME 04858; or Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841.

To sign Gladys’ online guest book or leave online condolences, visit obituaries at Arrangements are with the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland.