Elaine Sarah Desrosier
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Elaine Sarah (Davis) Desrosier died on May 13, 2012 at Harrington Court in Colchester, CT after a long illness. She was born July 7, 1930 in Taftville, CT to the late Ernest Leon and Emma Mary (Thibeault) Davis.
She was a graduate of the Norwich Free Academy, Class of 1949. She married the love of her life, Gerard (Jerry) P. Desrosier July 2, 1949, at Sacred Heart Church in Taftville. He predeceased her in 1998.
In earlier years, she served a term as president of the National Cancer Society, Norwich Chapter. She also participated in the Shyla Club Bowling League in Taftville. In 1976, after raising their 5 children, they purchased Crestwood Manor, a resident home, which she ran and operated until their retirement in 1994.
She was an active parishioner of St. Thomas/St. Anne Church in Voluntown, CT where she and her husband started the Emmaus Ministry. She was also a charter member of the Rosary Society.
Her family was the center of her life who she loved unconditionally and was especially loved and admired by her 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren of whom she was very proud.
Elaine was a courageous and strong woman and fought many serious health battles throughout her life and consequently gained the admiration of everyone that she came in contact with. She will be remembered for her prayerful life, her strong conviction to those things that she believed in and her ability to bring out the best in those she met.
She is survived by her beloved children and their spouses; daughters, Susan (Stephen) Wegiel of Norwalk, CT, Debra (Glenn) Duch of Canterbury, CT and sons, Thomas (Gail) Desrosier of Griswold, CT, David P. (Linda) Desrosier of Grant, FL and Paul (Amy) Desrosier of Guilford, CT. She is predeceased by one son, David A. Desrosier.
She leaves her cherished Grandchildren, Laurie Paré, Dawn Desrosier, Jacob Desrosier, Julie King, Jillian Weitknecht, Rebecca Desrosier, Kyle Desrosier, Jacqueline Desrosier, Jamie Desrosier and Alexander Desrosier as well as 7 Great-Grandchildren in whom she took great delight.
She is survived by her sisters, Ruth Desrosier of Lisbon, CT, and Harriet Debbis of Largo, FL, and is predeceased by a brother, Everett Davis and a sister, Elva Brochu.
She also leaves behind her treasured Papillion, Mickey.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 5 to 8 P.M. at the Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home located at 490 Voluntown Road, Jewett City, CT. The funeral will assemble 10 A.M. at the funeral home on Thursday for an 11:00 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas Church in Voluntown. Interment will follow at the St. Thomas Cemetery located on Sheldon Road in Voluntown.
Her family expresses their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and patient aides at the Wm W. Backus Hospital and the great staff at Harrington Court and Vitas Hospice who cared for Elaine in her final days. Their respectful and compassionate care for her will not be forgotten.
Published in The Hour on May 15, 2012