Born October 24,1939 in Portland, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Priscilla (Walker) Gacetta and the late George White, and stepdaughter of the late Leon P. Gorman, Jr., and the late Daniel J. Gacetta, Sr.
Penny graduated from Deering High School and went on to attend the University of Maine-Orono. She lived in Marblehead, Ma for many years while working as a flight attendant for American Airlines.
Throughout the decades, Penny was a devoted volunteer in her community in Rhode Island, serving as a board member of the Meeting Street School and Chair of the Easter Seals Telethon and, most recently, devoting her time and care as a board member of the Barrington Farm School. Additionally, Penny was a longtime employee of the Redwood Nursery in Swansea.
Penny led a most active life, well-known as a gifted athlete and fierce competitor. While a student at Deering High School, she played field hockey, basketball, and softball, and was voted “Most Athletic” in her class yearbook. As an adult she played competitive tennis and enjoyed running, long-distance biking, sailing, and swimming. Bringing her great joy were her beautiful golden retrievers, invariably at her side or in the back of her station wagon, along for whatever the ride.
Penny is survived by her beloved daughter, Kerry (Erik) Shilo and step-grandchildren Samuel and Abigail Shilo. She also leaves four cherished siblings: brothers Leon P. Gorman III of Charlottesville, Va. and Perry (Linda) Gorman of Tacoma, Wa; sister, Jane Temple Forman (Jon Forman) of Cleveland, Oh; and brother Daniel J. Gacetta, Jr. (Cindy) of Fairfield, Ct. She was an adored aunt to Lisa Ruiz, Sara Hale, Douglas Forman, Robin Forman, Andrew Forman, Matthew Gorman, Michael Gorman, Gareth Gacetta and Eloise Gacetta. Penny’s very sweet and quite spoiled golden retriever, Baxter, will be left to the loving care of Kerry and Erik.
A private funeral will be held in January at St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church in Cape Elizabeth, Me. Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery.
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