Albina Jane (Orlando) Logan, 88, of Pawcatuck, passed away June 10, 2015. She was affectionately referred to as Ma Logan and Gramma Bean. Albina was the daughter of the late Anthony and Victoria Orlando, formerly of Stonington.
She is survived by her 7 children: Robert, Kevin, Terrence (Debby), Patricia, Linda, Sandra (Santo Algiere), and Christine Logan; also her grandchildren, Michael, Andrew, Kennedy, Seth and Army Sgt. 1st Class Emily Logan, Melissa Morenzoni (Scott) and Lindsay Fair (Matt) and 9 great-grandchildren. Albina was predeceased by her son, Michael, grandson, Peter, brother, Maurice Orlando and her former husband, Robert Logan.
Albina worked as a secretary at Stonington High School shortly after graduating. While raising eight children, she played a supporting role in the early development of Ortronics Inc. where she worked alongside her brother, Maurice Orlando. She then went on to be a bookkeeper in various Summit Nursing Homes until her retirement.
A lifelong resident of the area, Albina was a charter member of the Rhode Island Beach Buggy Association now known as RIMS. It was not uncommon for her to pile her kids in the back of the beach buggy and fish the night away.
Another of her great loves was walking the shores of Charlestown Pond with her good friend Mary Hines. Cigarettes tucked in the top of their bathing suits and a bushel basket in tow to hold the crabs they would catch. Later they would stay up until the wee hours of the morning feasting on the fruits of their labor.
Albina spent many years cheering on her children and grandchildren in their various sporting events at the Pawcatuck Little League Field and other local athletic venues.
She often displayed her talents of singing and dancing in the local minstrel shows benefitting the Pawcatuck Little League.
Always the Renaissance woman, Albina invested much time researching holistic practices often mesmerizing her doctors with her knowledge of alternative medicines. She instilled in her children an entrepreneurial spirit that continues on in them today. She enjoyed playing the slots and was an avid Red Sox, UCONN and New England Patriots fan to the end.
A kind and caring person, she will be greatly missed by all that knew her. The family would like thank Sandra Logan, who greatly extended Albina’s quality and length of life through her selfless, unending attention to their mother’s care.
A wake will be held on Monday from 4-7 p.m. at Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, 95 Main St., Stonington on Tuesday at 10 a.m. There is no procession to the church. Donations to St. Michael Church Building Fund, 60 Liberty St., Pawcatuck, CT 06379 or the . For online condolences, please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com
Published in The Westerly Sun from June 13 to July 4, 2015