HERMON — Coco May (Elsie) Pacholski, 74, known as “Ma,” “Mom” and “Auntie Coo Coo,” died unexpectedly March 9, 2022, at her home. She was born Sept. 9, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts, the youngest daughter of Herbert and Elsie Sauvé.

Coco grew up in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she graduated from Waltham High School. Following graduation, she enlisted in the United States Army where she served her country for 20 years as an LPN specializing in labor and delivery. While stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, she met her husband, Norman Pacholski, who was also serving on active duty. They were married Jan. 9, 1971. Throughout her career she also served at Fort Sam, Fort Dix, Fort Gordon, Fort Bragg, Ludwigsburg and Stuttgart. She finished her career at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

As a historic note, she was part of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) and was the first active duty female soldier to remain in service after giving birth to her daughter Jennifer in 1972 while stationed in Heidelberg, Germany. This helped to pave the way for other women in the armed forces to have both a family and a military career.

After retirement, Coco started the Lollipop Daycare at her home in Searsport and then moved to Hermon where she helped care for over 25 local children during a 15-year span.

Coco had many interests throughout her life, including bowling in her younger years, and being active in the communities where she lived including the Lions Club. Coco was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, and the Maine Troop greeters. But mostly, she really enjoyed time with her growing family.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Herbert and Ray; her husband, Norman Sr.; her daughter, Brookie; and her mother and father-in-law, Mary and Frank.

Coco is survived by her sisters, Melody and Bonnie; her daughter, Jennifer; son, Norman Jr.; grandchildren, Forrest, Max, Skylor, Isaiah, Oceana, Taylor, Madeline, Samantha and Mo; great-grandchildren, Jazzlynn, River, Dyanna, Maylea and Galaxy. Coco had many nieces and nephews with whom she created memories.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 18, 2022, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2022 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 768 Ohio St., Bangor. Military honors will be held immediately following the Mass. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments in the Parish Hall following the honors. Those wishing to remember Coco in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Hermon Volunteer Rescue and First Aid Squad, 262 Billings Road, Hermon, ME 04401. Condolences may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com.

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