Gertrude R. Bourque
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Gertrude R. (Caron) Bourque, 88, of Newark, Delaware, died on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at her home. She was born on February 4, 1924 in Fall River, MA. She was the daughter of the late Ernest A. Caron and the late Rose A. (Caron) Caron. Her husband of 52 years, Alexander Bourque Jr., preceded her in death in 1998.
"Gert" was employed by the former Cape Cod Shirt Company of Fall River for 8 years in the 1940's. When her husband, CMSgt. Bourque, elected to make a career of the United States Air Force, their duty stations included stops in MD, Washington, DC and Andrews AFB, MD. During Alex's 18 years attached to the 1254th "Presidential Fleet", they lived in Alexandria and Springfield, VA. Gert enjoyed crafts, knitting and crocheting and was also known as a fine seamstress. She was also responsible for the décor of the newly-established St. Bernadette Church, Rectory and Convent in Springfield, where she was a member of the Ladies' Sodality.
In 1966 when Alex retired, they relocated to Newark, DE. Gert retired from the gift shop at the DuPont Company, Louviers in 1983.
Alex and Gert enjoyed traveling, genealogy, constructing miniature dollhouses and collecting thimbles. She was a member of the American-Canadian Genealogical Society of Manchester, NH, the U.S. Air Force 303rd Bomb Group - Widows Association and the National Association for the Uniformed Services.
Gert leaves a son, Richard Bourque and his wife, Judith of Etters, PA; a daughter, Paulette Murray of Newark, DE; five grandchildren, Renee (Bourque) Healy, Kelly Bourque, Kevin Murray, Patrick Bourque and Katherine (Murray) Bagosy; and four great-grandchildren, Nathan and Avery Bagosy, and Gavin and Kinley Healy. A sister, Henriette Bolton and her husband, Larry of Jacksonville, NC; and a brother, Ronald Caron and his wife, Angela of Somerset, MA also survive her. Her older brother, Ernest J. Caron, preceded her in death.
Funeral services and interment will be held on Saturday, December 1 in Fall River, MA. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Baptist Church, Main and Chapel Streets, Newark on Saturday, December 8 at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Gert may be made to your local hospice.
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Published in The News Journal on Nov. 27, 2012
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