OLD TOWN – Carole Ann (Paradis) Cust, 74, wife of Harlan R. Cust, passed away peacefully March 5, 2012, at home with her loving family.

She was born June 9, 1937, in Old Town, daughter of Armond C. and Frances (Soucie) Paradis.

Carole Ann graduated from Old Town High School in 1955 and enjoyed 54 years of marriage. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Carole Ann especially enjoyed flowers, yellow roses were her favorite, and her beautiful gardens, reading, playing bridge and acey deucey. She was an avid golfer, which she learned to play while she and her family were stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She also enjoyed swimming, scuba diving and skiing, which is another sport she learned while overseas in Austria. Carole Ann participated in many activities. While in Cuba, she organized a group that collected clothes and other necessary items for the people of Haiti. She then personally delivered and distributed the items to those in need in Haiti. Carole Ann was secretary/ treasurer of Suicide and Crisis Center, Tampa, Fla., and sold real estate for 13 years while in Tampa, Fla. She also worked with organizations that helped the poor and needy while she and her family were stationed in Naples, Italy. Carole Ann was a member of Red Hat Society. She was a very loving person and loved all she came in contact with. She especially loved small children. In restaurants she would stop at all the tables that had small children and would compliment the parents and talk with the children. She was always very friendly with the wait staff and as her Alzheimer’s progressed, they would take time to sit and chat with her.

Carole Ann is survived by her husband, Harlan of Old Town; two sons, Robert M. Cust and his wife, Mendy, of Middleton, Ohio, and Scott A. Cust and his friend, Heather, of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughter, Michele L. Kauppila and her husband, Jim, of Newburgh; six grandchildren, D. Scott Cust and his friend, Sherry, of Virginia Beach, Va., Torrey Cust of Virginia Beach, Va., S. Emily Cust of Virginia Beach, Va., Daniel Cust of Middleton, Ohio, Wesley Kauppila and Christopher Kaupilla, both of Newburgh; one great-granddaughter, Annabella Cust of Virginia Beach, Va.; two sisters-in-law, Carolyn Cust of Old Town and Sally Paradis of Old Town; brother, B. Edward Paradis and his wife, Ginny, of Zellwood, Fla.; and sister, Barbara Jones and her husband, Ron, of Bangor; aunt, Ruth Woodsum of Veazie; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Armand Raymond Paradis. The family wishes to thank Beacon Hospice and MAS Home Care of Maine for their wonderful care of Carole Ann.

Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday at Parish of the Resurrection, Holy Family Church, Old Town. Immediately after the Mass, all are invited to the parish hall for a light luncheon and continued fellowship. Interment will be at a later date at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta. Memorial contributions may be made to Beacon Hospice Inc, 304 Hancock St., Suite 3A, Bangor, ME 04401; or Maine Alzheimer’s Association, 170 U.S. Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105. Notes of condolence may be left at