On March 3, 2013, Ms. Marie Anita Bissonnette, MSG, USA (Ret.) died at her home, which she shared in Frederick, MD with her best friend and wife of 18 years.|
Marie was born on April 19, 1957 in Manchester, NH. She attended the University of Maryland in College Park, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement with minors in Criminology, Psychology, and Sociology.
She joined the United States Army on January 27, 1981, served as a Signals Intelligence Analyst and German linguist, and after 20 years, retired honorably on September 30, 2001. Marie served her nation in California, Kansas, two tours in Germany, Texas, the Republic of Korea, Bosnia- Herzegovina, and Maryland. Highlights of her service were living history when assigned to Berlin, East Germany when the wall and border fell; and her deployment to Bosnia- Herzegovina in 1998-1999 under Task Force Eagle in sup- port of Stabilization Forces.
Marie loved to fish, kayak, bike, hike, tend her garden, cook gourmet multi-course meals, and ride her Harley Davidson motorcycle.
She will be loved and remembered forever, surrounded by so many positive, shining lights – competent and tough Army Non- Commissioned Officer, best friend who laughed a lot and did goofy things to make others laugh and smile, partner/wife, mother to two wonderful girls, daughter, sister, friend. My love, perhaps you will ride/soar along with me in the form of an eagle or hawk; I know when you are at peace you will visit...watching and waiting for my owl to come and sit.
Marie is survived by her wife, Ms. Stephanie Ann Eeckhout; daughters Patricia Swisher and Alexandra Lopez; mother Therese Perron; numerous siblings and extended family; and so many friends that loved her dearly. You are so missed.
A memorial for Project Healing Waters will be established in Marie's name to further honor her devotion to her nation, and benefit disabled military service personnel.
A memorial will be held in Frederick, MD for family and friends to celebrate her life. Marie will receive full military honors and be laid to rest in the mausoleum at Arlington National Cemetery.
Published Online in The Frederick News-Post on Mar. 17, 2013