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Rosalie G. Creteau

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Rosalie G. Creteau

SANFORD - Rosalie G. Creteau, 86, a lifelong resident of Sanford, died on March 25 at Goodall Hospital in Sanford after a brief illness.

She was born in Lebanon on Nov. 22, 1926, a daughter of Frank and Mollie (Hanson) Gerrish.

She attended Sanford schools and was a 1944 graduate of Sanford High School. For many years, she worked on the reunion committee for her class.

On June 14, 1947, she married Bob Creteau, with whom she enjoyed 52 years of marriage until his death in 1999. Together they established, owned and operated Creteau's Studio for 40 years; she worked as the receptionist and was the studio's multi-award-winning photo hand colorist, retiring in 1985.

For many years, she and Bob spent winters in St. Petersburg, Fla.

For many years, she provided art lessons, especially in oils and acrylics. She was a member of the Sanford-Springvale Art Association and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Maine Professional Photographers Association.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Rosalie Lee, her brothers, Richard Theriault, Earl Theriault and Larry Theriault, and a great granddaughter, Kelli Hilliard.

Survivors include her son, Bob Creteau, and his wife, Claire, of Sanford; daughter, Debra Dee Moore, of Orlando, Fla.; daughter, Carla Ann Creteau, of Ocoee, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Alicia, Richard, Tami, Corey, Kris, Kerri and Laura; 15 great grandchildren; 4 brothers, Raymond Theriault, Jr., of Millis, Mass., Elmer Theriault, of Tovey, Ala., Hilbert Theriault, of Casselberry, Fla., and David Theriault, of Biddeford; and 3 sisters, June Hogue, of Davenport, Fla., Ruby Richard, of Berwick, and Betty Ann Lavigne, of Sanford.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, March 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, 580 Main Street, Springvale, where a funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, March 28, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Virginia Gass officiating.

Burial will be in the spring in Forest Grove Cemetery in Lebanon.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Sanford-Springvale Art Association, P.O. Box 388, Sanford, Maine 04073.

Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale. Condolences can be expressed at

Published in Fosters from Mar. 28 to Mar. 31, 2013