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– Holy Cross School pays tribute to Westbrook’s wife

Holy Cross School in South Portland will honor the late Wendi Leavitt of Westbrook with a memorial scholarship.


Leavitt, a longtime supporter and volunteer at the Catholic K-8 school, died in October at the age of 48.

“He was a wonderful person,” said his daughter, Mari-Beth Leavitt, a 2017 graduate of Holy Cross and a 2021 graduate of Cheverus High School in Portland, who now attends the University of Delaware. “She volunteered all the time. She would do their Christmas fair and their lobster lunch.

The Wendi Leavitt Memorial Scholarship will award funds to Holy Cross graduates who choose to continue their studies at Cheverus, a Catholic preparatory school.

“His love for his family and Catholic education was on display every day,” Holy Cross principal Cindy Elwood said in a press release. “We are forever grateful to the Leavitt family.”

The school’s annual lobster luncheon was also renamed in Leavitt’s honor due to her longtime role as headmistress.

“She was always there and she did a lot,” her daughter said. “She really loved the school and loved the community.”

Holy Cross will also donate funds generated from the school’s annual penny competition to the scholarship this year.

Leavitt was born in Caribou and graduated from Fort Fairfield High School in 1991. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Maine. She became a speech therapist and helped people from children with special needs to seniors recovering from strokes, according to her obituary.

Holy Cross School also hosts a number of events and initiatives throughout Catholic Schools Week, which runs from January 30 to February 5. ; a week-long “gymnastics games” competition; quizzes; and casual days, among others.