Obituary…Rochester…Lorena Allain, age 90, died peacefully on April 28, 2005 at Frisbie Memorial Hospital.
Born May 16, 1914 in Sanford , Maine, she was named Marie Yvonne Laurina Bernier, daughter of Adelina (Levasseur) and J. Philippe Bernier.
She graduated with High Honors from Sanford High School, Class of 1932. Soon after, she moved to Rochester, New Hampshire, to assist her brother with his new business, Harvey’s Bakery, ultimately opening her own business, Lorena’s Beauty Shop, which she operated for over 40 years. At the age of 68, she became a licensed CNA and did private duty work after having cared for her husband for many years.
Her beloved husband of 44 years, Alderic Allain, predeceased her in 1982.
Lorena was a communicant of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church for 67 years and was a past President of St. Anne’s Sodality. She was a lifetime member of Frisbie Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary, member of the Rochester Business & Professional Women’s Club for many years and a member of Good Olde Sports. As an active member of the Seacoast Outreach Volunteers for the newly widowed, she was the proud recipient of a Points of Light Award, presented to her in 1991 by then President George H. W. Bush, on behalf of the organization.
She is survived by her four children: Judith A. Legere, and M. Lynn Plaisted (and husband, James) of Rochester, Ann Marie Swanson (and husband, Randall) of Burnsville, Minnesota, and her only son, David J. Allain (and wife, Elizabeth Feuer) of Barrington.
In addition to nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, she is survived by one sister, Estelle Martel (and husband, Armand) of Pawtucket, Rhode Island and one brother, Wilfred Bernier (and wife, Germaine) of Rochester, two sisters-in-law, Bella Bernier of Rochester and Adrienne Bernier of Sanford, two brothers-in-law, Desire “Joe”Allain of Manchester and Glendon Clarke (and wife, Jean) of Sanford, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also predeceased by her grandson, Davey Allain and son-in-law, George Legere.
Lorena will be greatly missed and always remembered for her strong will, fierce determination and her love of family.
The family extends deep gratitude to the staff at Frisbie Memorial Hospital and to the staff of Seacoast Hospice for their coordinated, compassionate and , most of all, respectful end-of-life care.
If desired, the family would appreciate donations in her memory to Hospice House Building Fund, 642 Central Ave, Dover, N.H. 03820.
To honor Lorena’s request, there will be no wake or calling hours. A funeral mass at Holy Rosary Church will be at the convenience of her family at a later date. Grondin Funeral Home, 177 North Main St., Rochester, N.H. 03867 is assisting with the arrangements. To sign the on line guest book please go to www.GrondinFuneralHome.com.