BERWICK — Albertine Melina (Gregoire) Lajoie, 96, of Sullivan Street in Berwick, died on Saturday, April 7, at home, surrounded by family, following a short period of declining health.
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Albertine was born in Somersworth, N.H., on Feb. 1, 1916, the oldest of eight children. She was the daughter of Camille and Melina (Lessard) Gregoire.
She was raised in Somersworth, graduating from St. Martin Academy.
In 1941, after a long courtship, she married Paul Lajoie.
In her early years, Albertine loved to party with family and friends as all of her brothers played musical instruments and danced throughout the night. Her smile and laugh could light up a room and will always be remembered by all those who knew her.
As a young girl, she worked in the textile mills in Dover and Newmarket, N.H., and was employed for many years by the Somersworth Shoe Company before becoming a homemaker. After the war, she and her husband moved to 66 Sullivan Street in Berwick, where they raised their two children, Richard and Elaine.
Albertine was an active member of many organizations, including the American Legion Axillary for over 50 years, serving as chaplain for a number of those years. She was a devout member of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Berwick, organizing many church suppers and penny sales, and belonging to the Sodality of Mary.
Albertine was very talented at embroidery, needlepoint, and sewing, making beautiful wall hangings and linens. She spent many hours working in her flower and vegetable gardens with Paul, canning their produce to last them through the winter months. Albertine loved to travel with family and friends. She enjoyed trips to Canada, Washington, D.C., Nashville and Disney World.
Although she had many interests and hobbies, her family was the most important thing to her. She loved children, cared for several nieces and nephews as babies, and took care of her grandchildren after school. An extremely spiritual woman, Albertine faithfully began and ended each day saying prayers for family members and friends. She especially looked forward to her visits with Deacon Roger, who would say prayers with her in French, and Marie, who came each Sunday to visit her and give Communion.
Albertine is survived by her two children, son Richard and wife, Judith, of Berwick, and daughter Elaine (Lajoie) Seebaugh and husband, Jim, of Berwick.
She is also survived by three grandchildren, Deanna Seebaugh, of Berwick, Shelly Lajoie-Carlson and husband, Andrew, of Saco, and Craig Lajoie, of Portsmouth; great grandson, Alex Seebaugh, of Berwick; two brothers, Noel Gregoire and Lionel Gregoire; sisters-in-law, Irene and Arlene Gregoire; and many special nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Paul; sister, Blanche Gervais; brothers, Philippe Gregoire and his wife, Margaret, Adelard, Raymond and Leo-Paul Gregoire and his wife, Connie; special sisters-in-law Mary Irene Gregoire and Claire Gagnon; and very dear friends, Lucille and Philippe Plante, and Adrienne Gagnon.
The family would like to thank the visiting nurses Debbie, Margo, Lynn, and Christine, and Hospice nurses and aides David, Carol and Donna for taking such loving care of our mother during this time.
There will be no visiting hours.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at The Parish of the Ascension of the Lord/Our Lady of Peace Church at 25 Saw Mill Road in Berwick. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Somersworth, N.H.
The family respectfully declines flowers and requests that memorial contributions are made in her name to Wentworth Visiting Nurses, 121 Broadway Suite 115, Dover, N.H. 03820 and Wentworth Homecare & Hospice, an Amedisys partner, 121 Broadway Suite 117, Dover, N.H. 03820.
Arrangements are in care of Laing-Bibber Funeral Chapel, 36 Rochester Street, PO Box 728, Berwick, Maine 03901. (www.bibberfuneral.com)
Published in Fosters from Apr. 10 to Apr. 13, 2012