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Lorraine G. Gendreau Obituary
LORRAINE G. GENDREAU 1929 - 2018
DANIELSON - Lorraine Gendreau, lifelong resident of Danielson, passed away at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester on Friday, June 8, following a medical emergency. By her side were her daughter Deborah Stevens; grand-daughter Melissa Mitchell; and Melissa's partner, Tony Brown.
Lorraine was born to Emile and Marie Rose (Beausoleil) LeBlanc as the second youngest of eight children in a close-knit family. She attended St. James School, Putnam Catholic Academy, & graduated from Killingly High School.
Lorraine was employed on the second shift at the American Thread Co. in Willimantic for thirty-three years, mostly in supervisory positions. After retiring from American Thread, Lorraine continued to work at Garrity and at Crabtree & Evelyn.
A loyal communicant at St. James Church who attended Mass daily, Lorraine was known for her diligence and kindness by all – at work, at church, in the neighborhood, the Senior Center, and the dances she enjoyed. She attended the most recent Greek Festival just last weekend.
Lorraine is predeceased by her sisters Rita Bolduc, Marie (Gaudreault) Walker, Jean Johnson, and Theresa Burke; by her brother Maurice; by her son Mark who died as an infant; and by the love of her life, her husband Rene Gendreau who passed in 1974. She was also predeceased by her dear friend, Al Tremblay.
Lorraine is survived by her daughter, Deborah Stevens of Uxbridge, MA; her granddaughter Melissa Mitchell of Worcester, MA; her grandson Aaron Mitchell of Sterling; her sisters, Bertha Lawson of Danielson and Dora Wojkiewicz of Largo, Florida; and her large and loving family of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews, who are too numerous to mention individually.
Lorraine leaves many wonderful friends, many of whom she spoke with on the phone daily and spent time with whenever she could. Everyone will remember her laughing and smiling, her eyes twinkling merrily – sometimes mischievously – but always kindly. Her helpfulness, volunteer work, and generous spirit will be sorely missed by all.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM at St. James Church, 12 Franklin St., Danielson. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Danielson. There are no calling hours. tillinghastfh.com
Published in Norwich Bulletin from June 11 to June 13, 2018
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