Portland, ME — Elaine Ruth LeBlanc-Baker, 58, died peacefully in the early Sunday morning hours of June 30, 2013, at home in Portland, Maine, following an eight-month struggle against pancreatic cancer. Her devoted husband, Bruce W. Baker, was by her side.
She was born in Gardner, Mass., on March 6, 1955, the daughter of Attorney Francis H. LeBlanc and Ruth (Kolapakka) LeBlanc, who predeceased her. Elaine leaves her husband, Bruce, and two step-sons, Nathan J. Baker of Philadelphia, Pa., and Lyle H. Baker of Baltimore, Md.; and Buck, a border collie who was her faithful companion. She also leaves five siblings, Christine M. Wironen and Thomas F. LeBlanc, both of Gardner, Mass., Anne F. Wagner of Forestdale, Mass., Michelle L. Sans of Princeton, Mass., and Stephen J. LeBlanc of Bonita Springs, Fla. Elaine also leaves seven nieces and nephews to whom she was intensely devoted, Jennifer A. Corso of Gardner, Mass., Michelle A. Manasseh of Newport Beach, Calif., Laura D. Wagner of Berkeley, Calif., John F. Wagner of Washington, D.C., Hannah R. Wagner of Gardner, Mass., and Joshua S. Sans and Nathaniel F. Sans, both of Princeton, Mass. She and her husband, Bruce, were married at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Mass., on January 18, 2003. She chose to be married there so her young nieces and nephews could ski if they were bored at the wedding reception. In spite of the cold temperatures, they did.
Elaine attended Our Lady of the Holy Rosary School in Gardner before graduating from Gardner High School in 1973. She continued her education at Middlebury College, graduating in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and Spanish. While at Middlebury, Elaine met her lifelong closest friends, Marsha Ladeau, Patty McNamara, and Gillian Lloyd. After college, Elaine studied at the Wallace E. Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College. She worked for many years in the computer industry, first as a software product manager and later as a marketing executive. She said this career involved long hours for sub-optimal pay and the promise of a future payoff. A career shift found her working as a financial advisor for Edward D. Jones & Co., later at the Investment Center at Eastern Bank, and most recently as a financial service representative for MetLife in Portland, Maine.