ROCHESTER - Helen Marguerite Gilbert got her Angel wings Wednesday December 5, 2012, surrounded by her family. Born in Whitefield July 9, 1916, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Letourneau Paquette. When she was two, the family moved to Rochester.
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Helen was a lifelong communicant of Our Lady of the Holy rosary Parish where she lived her faith. She was proud to say she was the first woman lector and glad to be part of the first Monday morning money counters of the parish.
Helen had a full and outgoing life and was active in her community. Helen is a past president of the Sainte Anne Sodality and the VFW Post 1772 Ladies Auxiliary. She also served on the Strafford County Extension Service Council. Helen was an accomplished craftswoman, excelling especially in quilting, rug hooking, and knitting. Helen taught quilting at the Rochester Library. She was also a shareholder of the Rochester Fair Association and spent many years in the Arts and Crafts Department as a judge and demonstrator.
Even at 96, as she was all her life, Helen was happiest attending family gatherings near and far and events in which her grandchildren and great-grandchildren participated. Helen's love for her family was her defining characteristic and she was proud to be a part of all their accomplishments.
Preceding Helen in death in 1972 was her loving husband Harold; they are now reunited, a happy ending to their love story. She was also predeceased by her two brothers, Leon and Paul Paquette, her husband's nine siblings and her loving son-in-law Robert (Butch) Rouleau.
Helen is survived by her sisters, Lillian Gauthier of Rochester, Marguerite Pinkham Yeaton of Somersworth and her sister-in-law Therese Paquette of California.
She will be dearly missed by her children: Anne Letourneau, Donald and Ruth Gilbert, Connie Rouleau, Nancy Gilbert, all of Rochester, Elizabeth and Jerry Hunnicutt of Belmont, N.C. and Michele and Robert Amidon of North Berwick, Maine. Helen will also be greatly missed by her 21 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Helen is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, friends and extended family members.
First and foremost, we thank God for the blessing and the gift of her presence in our lives and in the lives of all whom she touched, as well as anyone who took a moment to listen to her unique and wonderful life's journey.
The family also wishes to thank Rochester VNA, the staff of the ER and the ICU units of FMH.
Visitation will be held at the H. J. Grondin & Son Funeral Home, 177 North Main Street, Rochester, NH on Sunday, December 9, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at Our Lady of the Holy rosary Church with her grandson, Fr. Patrick Gilbert, officiating. Burial will follow at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cemetery.
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Published in Fosters from Dec. 8 to Dec. 11, 2012