PRESQUE ISLE – “Sylvia” Carolyn L’abbe (Shaw), 79, died March 17, 2014, in Portland. Born on Aug. 15, 1934, in Fort Kent, daughter of John and Alice (Long) L’abbe.
Carolyn was married in the Catholic church in 1958 and had six children by 1969. Carolyn was valedictorian of Fork Kent High School in 1952, went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics at University of Maine, Farmington in 1956. She began teaching that same year in Fort Kent. In 1964 Carolyn and her young family moved to Presque Isle. She studied and earned her Elementary Ed Teaching Certificate from University of Maine, Presque Isle while teaching Home Economics at Cunningham Middle School. Carolyn taught fourth grade from 1970 until her retirement in 1993. In retirement she was a private math and literacy tutor, as well as an adult education teacher. Carolyn taught cooking, knitting, crocheting, quilting and did volunteer work for Echoes magazine, among other things. She read extensively, enjoyed music and played several instruments. In her later years Carolyn was very involved with her faith, her friendships and family.
Predeceased by beloved son, David Matthew Shaw, 1961. Survived by five children and 13 (grandchildren), Michael Dana Shaw (Joshua Michael, Benjamin Dana, Abbie Carolyn, Adam Michael, Austin Dana), Stephen Anthony Shaw (Graham Nicolas, Logan Francis, Liam Dana), Anne Marie Shaw Caron, Marcia Lynn Shaw Ciorra (Auguste Anthony, Anntonella Dorethea) and John Matthew (Mia Nali, David Kailin and Mathew Kevin).
Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Graves Funeral Home, 30 Church St., Presque Isle. A memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 6 Roberts St., Presque Isle. A reception will follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 12 Chapman Road, Presque Isle. Burial will be at a later date in Fort Kent. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to C-A-N-C-E-R, an organization that helped Carolyn as she battled the disease. Checks can be made out to C-A-N-C-E-R, P.O. Box 811, Presque Isle, ME 04769. Web site: To offer condolences and share memories with the family, please go to