Cynthia Ann (Connors) Sairio, 86 SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Cynthia Ann (Connors) Sairio died Aug. 13, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. Cynthia was born June 10, 1930, in Boothbay Harbor, the daughter of Grover and Leta Giles Connors. She was a member of Brunswick High School Class of 1948 and attended Farmington Teachers College. She married Paul B. Sairio Jr. on Sept. 12, 1952; he predeceased her in 2007, shortly after they relocated to join their oldest son Paul's wonderful family in St. Paul. She was known for her beautiful singing voice and performed regularly in the Brunswick area in her younger years. Paul and Cynthia moved to Durham in 1961 and both were very active in local and state government. They were always joking that their votes cancelled each other out, as she was a Republican and he was a Democrat. All who knew and loved them would note that neither was inclined to vote a straight party ticket; they were each far too independent for that! Cynthia enjoyed the fellowship of volunteering at both the Durham Volunteer Fire Department and AMVET fundraising suppers, and they enjoyed joining in the festivities of the traditional dances. She was very active in the local AMVET's Auxiliary, and rose to state president where she organized many veteran and community service initiatives and events. She joined the Durham Elem-entary School as the librarian in the mid 1960s. She inspired many to engage in reading and mentored countless students; showing them the world through books and reading. The position also afforded her immediate and effective disciplinary access to her own inventive and adventurous children. After retiring from the school, she served as a hostess at the Topsham McDonald's, offering hospitality and spreading cheer to old friends and new acquaintances. Cynthia will long be remembered for the countless mittens, hats, and afghans she crocheted enthu-siastically to share with her family and donate to various veterans and senior citizen support centers, shelters, and the Barbara Bush Children's Center at Maine Medical Center. She is survived by son Paul Sairio and his wife Leslie Ferry of St. Paul, Minn.; and their children, Matthew, Colin, Mark and Daniel Sairio of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minn., and Rachel Sairio, currently studying architecture in Portland, Ore.; son Mark Sairio and his wife Wende of Millinocket, his daughter Mary Rackliffe and her husband Jeremy of Rockland, and daughter Tamara Saarinen of Milford. She was predeceased by her siblings, Grover Connors Jr., Lilla Raffa and Patrick Connors. Her ashes will be cast on the Atlantic Ocean, as she requested, in a private ceremony.
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