Okatie, S.C. - Celeste (Gamelin) Borgman, 67, died Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston.
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Born in Manchester, N.H., on April 26, 1947, Celeste was the daughter of the late George and Dorothy (Coll) Gamelin. She graduated from Bishop Brady High School in 1965 and attended New Hampshire College.
A longtime Pembroke, N.H., resident, Celeste worked as office manager for Epoch Homes. She was a member and past president of the Pembroke Women's Club and a member of the Old Home Day Committee, helping to organize the annual parade. In addition, she was a faithful and friendly poll worker for the town of Pembroke elections. Celeste also volunteered to find sponsors for the Special Olympics and its Penguin Plunge.
After she and her husband moved to South Carolina five years ago, she continued giving of her time and talents by becoming an active member of her community. She joined the Sun City Theater group and the Garden Club.
While living in New Hampshire, she was a communicant of and Eucharistic minister for St. John the Baptist Church and was a member of the Ladies of St. Anne. After her move to South Carolina, she resumed duties as a Eucharistic minister for St. Gregory the Great in Bluffton.
No matter where Celeste lived, she always loved spending time with her granddaughters. She also enjoyed the beach, gardening and playing cards.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Daryl Borgman; daughter Nicole Martin of Allenstown, N.H.; son Ryan and his wife, Jenny, of Heber City, Utah; two grandchildren, Chelsea and Alyssa; her brother, Richard Gamelin, and his wife, Gail, of Allenstown; her niece Jamie Lambert and her husband, Eric, and their children, Carter and Kael; and her nephew Brian Gamelin and his wife, Kris, and their children, Laura and Bradley. There are also many other nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws around the country..
SERVICES: Calling hours are Friday, June 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Petit Funeral Home, 167 Main St., Pembroke. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Allenstown, followed by burial in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215 or the Hollings Cancer Center, 86 Jonathan Lucas St., Charleston, SC 29425 or Be The Match, 3001 Broadway St., NE, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55413-1753.
To sign an online guestbook, please visit petitfuneralhome.com.
Petit Funeral Home
167 Main Street
Pembroke, NH 03275
Published in Union Leader on June 25, 2014