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LEMIRE, Paula Jean
Paula Jean Lemire, 63, of Colchester, beloved wife of Paul, passed away Tuesday (June 11, 2013) from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Born on March 23, 1950 in Frenchville, ME, she was a daughter of Omerine (Lavertue) Bourgoin of Colchester and the late Onizime Bourgoin. She married Paul on July 6, 1968. Soon after, the couple moved to Colchester where they raised their family. Paula worked for Apple Rehab, (formerly Liberty Hall), in Colchester since 1977. She served many roles and in many capacities. Most recently, she worked in public relations and community outreach for Apple Rehab. Paula was a longtime member and she served on the Board of Directors for the Colchester Business Association. Paula also acted as committee chairperson for the annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest as well as other community event committees. Paula enjoyed volunteering. She was involved with the Colchester Senior Center and assisted many seniors with home visits and help. Just last month, Paula was inducted into the Colchester Lions Club. While she was not serving the community-at-large, she could be found working in her beautiful flower gardens and caring for her beloved grandchildren, to whom she was eternally devoted. Paula will be remembered by many for the frequent random acts of kindness she was known to impart on family, friend or stranger. In addition to her husband of 44 years, she leaves three children, Michelle and her husband Steven Budwitz of Avon, Michael Lemire and his friend, Brennda Stomberg of Lebanon, Rachael and her husband Keith Kudej of Lisbon; six brothers, Ronald of North Carolina, James and wife Elaine of New Hartford, John, Robert and wife Theresa of E. Hartford, Gary and wife Kathy of Newington, Marcel Bourgoin of E. Hampton; two sisters, Joyce Miller of Cromwell, Toni Corby of South Carolina; four grandchildren, Peyton, Parker, Collin, Madison; numerous extended family members and friends and many dear and special friends at Apple Rehab.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Monday at 10:30 a.m., directly at St. Andrew Church, 128 Norwich Ave., Colchester. Burial will be private. Donations in her memory may be made to Apple Rehab, Recreation department, 36 Broadway, Colchester 06415.

Published in The Hartford Courant on June 13, 2013
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