Dummer - Eloise H. Croteau, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and community leader, of N.H. Route 16, passed away Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin. She was 85.
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Born on Nov. 30, 1926, in Gorham, she was the daughter of Edwin and Lottie (Millet) Howe.
Eloise grew up in Milan and was a graduate of Berlin High School. She attended Business School in Portland, Maine.
On Aug. 18, 1949, she married Oneil J. Croteau. They settled on the family dairy farm in Dummer, and together they raised a son and two daughters.
In earlier years, she worked as a bookkeeper at Brown Company and as a factory worker at Converse Rubber Company in Berlin. She worked in the family insurance company, Croteau Agency, Inc., of Berlin, for many years.
Over the years, she was active in many community organizations including: Civil Air Patrol, Androscoggin Valley Hospital Board of Directors in Berlin, as an EMT with the Milan & Dummer Ambulance, and as tax collector for the Town of Dummer.
Her faith was very important to her. She was a member of the Dummer Community Church and of the Women's Aglow and the Women's Society at the church. She and her family also helped to build the church.
She enjoyed having her family together for feasts and was known for her delicious pies.
Several brothers and sisters died before her.
She leaves her loving husband of 63 years, Oneil J. Croteau of Dummer; a son, David Croteau and his wife, Lucy, of Milan; and two daughters, Lorraine Gallagher and her husband, Dennis "Red," of Conway and Colleen Tewksbury and her husband, Steven, of Hebron; grandchildren Amanda and Sarah Croteau, both of Twin Mountain, Maliaka Cote of Windham, Maine, Liesl Turner and her husband, Stephen, of Windham, Maine, SSgt. Matthias Bleicken of Alexandria, Va., Mary Beth Letourneau and her husband, Michael, of Belmont, and Ryan Tewksbury and his wife, Meghan, of Merrimack; great-grandchildren Tyler and Ella Cote, both of Windham, Maine, Kipp Bleicken, McGavin and Grayson Turner, all of Windham, Maine, Isaiah Knowlton and Liam Letourneau, both of Belmont, Addison and Nolan Tewksbury, both of Merrimack; and several nieces and nephews.
services: There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at Dummer Community Church at a later date. Burial will be at Gates Cemetery in Dummer.
Memorial donations may be made to the Dummer Community Church, 11 Hill Road, Dummer 03588.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, 72 High St., Berlin. To sign an online guest book, please go to fleury-patry.com.
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Published in Union Leader on Sept. 23, 2012