Julie Rolande (Sanfacon) Thorne
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STRAFFORD - Julie Rolande (Sanfacon) Thorne died at home with her husband Jeff by her side in the early morning of Wednesday, May 11, 2016, after a 7-year battle with cancer.

She was born June 28, 1955, in Rochester, the daughter of the late Walter and Rolande (Ferland) Sanfacon. Julie was raised in Rochester and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1973. She started working at Tri State Gas in high school, which is where she met her husband, Jeffrey. She married Jeff on May 20, 1978, at Holy Rosary Church in Rochester. Tri State Gas eventually became Eastern Propane & Oil. She took some time off from Eastern when her children were born, and worked a short time at Beranger Volkswagen and Dick Poulin Chevrolet. She eventually went back to Eastern Propane full time, and was still employed there at the time of her death, as a Meter Support Specialist. She worked at Eastern Propane for over 32 years.

Julie was very active with her children during their school days. She and Jeff did lots of traveling with Girls' basketball, both high school and AAU (Amateur Athletic Union). They also followed the kids in soccer.

Julie was diagnosed with GIST (Gastro Intestinal Stromal Tumor) in May 2009. At the time, it was and remains a rare and incurable form of cancer. She felt fortunate to live so close to Boston and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. This made cutting edge treatment modalities and surgeries readily available to her. Because of this she continued to live her seven-year warrior battle with the disease. She very bravely fought GIST, had a number of surgeries, tried new trials, and fought hard to the very end. Her husband Jeff was by her side for it all. He was her nurse, cook, housekeeper, shopper, as well as her very best friend. Her sister, Claire and her husband Gerry, have been part of her support team from day one, and have made several trips to Dana Farber with them. The four of them were very close.

Julie was so happy when her daughter, Jocelyn, had their first grandchild, Liam, on January 8, 2012. She enjoyed her trips to Florida with them, as well as their visits here. When she learned her youngest daughter, Jenna, was pregnant, she believed it was an act of God. She was ecstatic and believed God knew how much time she had left and wanted to make sure she would meet Maddie. Madeleine Rose was born on January 1, 2015. Julie was able to make one trip to California to visit their family. Julie was so pleased her son, Jared, was able to be home to be by her side as co-caretaker with his Dad.

Julie loved her family and wished they all lived closer so she could see them more often. Her grandchildren were the joy of her life. She also loved her dogs. Julie, Jeff, Jared, Jocelyn, and Jenna all had the "JRT" initials. Their dogs did as well, (Jeb, Jackie, Joe and Jada).

Julie was a member of Holy Rosary Parish, Rochester, N.H. She enjoyed stamping, ceramics, and quilting. She was a frequent QVC shopper. She loved clothes, jewelry, handbags, shoes as well as Jim Shore Collectibles.

Members of her family are her husband Jeffrey Thorne , children, Jared Thorne of Chicago, Ill., Jocelyn Wilson and spouse Seth of Winter Haven, Fla., Jenna Slezak and spouse Matt of Corona, Calif., grandchildren, Liam Wilson, of Fla. and Madeleine Slezak of Calif.; sisters, Claire Bisaillon and her husband Gerry, Linda Hussey and her husband George, all of Rochester; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Chuck and Pat Clement, Rochester and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Peter and Belinda Thorne, Strafford and her Aunt Alice Ferland, as well as several nieces and nephews. The Clement family, Chuck and Pat, Chuck and Enid, Meghan and Josh, were a special part of her life. They did so much to help Jeff and Julie during her illness.

A special thanks to her oncologist, Dr. Suzanne George and her team at Dana Farber Center, as well as her oncology surgeon, Dr. Monica Bertagnolli of Brigham and Women's Hospital. She did not start hospice care until May 5, and was given great care from Cornerstone VNA for the last five days.

SERVICES: Family and friends may visit Tuesday, May 17, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., at the R.M. Edgerly & Son Funeral Home, 86 South Main Street, Rochester, N.H. The funeral mass will be held at Holy Rosary Church, 189 North Main Street, Rochester, N.H., Wednesday, May 18, at 10 a.m. Private family burial will take place in the Caverly Cemetery in Strafford, N.H.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Julie, to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, GIST Research Fund, Box 849168, Boston, Mass., 02284 and write Julie's name on the memo line. To sign the online guestbook, please go to www.edgerlyfh.com.

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Published in Foster's Daily Democrat from May 14 to May 17, 2016.
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May 18, 2016
Dear Jeff, Jared, Jocelyn, and Jenna
I am so sorry to hear of Julie's passing. She was a wonderful person. She was very special. Know that we will keep you in our prayers. Jeff what a wonderful husband you ve been to her. May God bless you and your family during this difficult time.
Robin & Denis Langlois
May 18, 2016
To the family of Julie Thorne:

All of us at Cornerstone VNA wish to express our deepest condolences upon the loss of Julie. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family and friends at this sad time. May our support services be of comfort to you in the days ahead. Please know that we are always here for you if you need us.
Cornerstone VNA
May 17, 2016
Jeff and family . So sorry for your loss, Julie was such a wonderful person. She will be missed, prayers and thoughts are with you at your time of loss.
Linda Cartier Girouard
May 17, 2016
We are sorry for you loss. Take care. Herb and Virginia
Virginia Portigue
May 17, 2016
Thinking of you at this sad time.
Jan, Laura, Sigrid and Our Family
Jan Thorne
May 17, 2016
My condolences to the Thorne family. Jeff, my thoughts are with you.
Tom O'Brien
May 16, 2016
I was shocked at this news.Way too young.Donna and I extend our deepest sympathies to the family and know that you are in our prayers
Gino Carmolli
May 16, 2016
Jeff, Jared, Joceyln, Jenna, So sorry for your loss. Julie was such an amazing, inspirational person. She was one of my "bestest" friends, brides maid, co-worker etc. My prayers are with you and that you have comfort in the type of person she was and all she gave to you in life. RIP dear friend.
Corinne DiVirgilio
May 15, 2016
Julie was one of the greatest ladies I have had the privilege of knowing. She always had a smile on her face and was there for everyone. The world is missing and angel but heaven has gained a great one. Rest in peace.
Sue Morrison
May 15, 2016
Jeff, Jared, Jocelyn, Jenna,

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with all of you and your families.
Ajay Vasudevan
May 14, 2016
Linda and Claire, please accept my deepest condolence in the loss of your sister, Julie. "Heaven needed an angel and they chose the best, free from pain now she can rest."
Irene Collins
May 14, 2016
Jeff, Sorry for your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Bob and Gloria Jewell
May 14, 2016
My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Deb Mueller
May 14, 2016
Jeff, so sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family through these trying times
Karen Larson
May 14, 2016
We first met Julie and Jeff and the annual luncheons that Susan Farmer hosted for the Gisters in the northeast. It was a joy to chat with them each year until Susan passed and then we kept up with Julie on Facebook. Jeff, we will keep you in our prayers, and may Julie rest in peace. John & Judy Sewell
Judy & John Sewell
May 14, 2016
Sorry for your loss. God Bless. Pat Rabidas
Pat Rabidas
May 14, 2016
Jeff, Condolences to you and your family.
Mike Seaver
May 14, 2016
I could write a book on how sad I feel for the family of Julie but I will keep it short. Her legacy lives on in all of you. Her sweet, gentle spirit, her love of her family and her love of life was always evident. But, her strength and courage, her determination and toughness were forces to be reckoned with in her long battle of 7 years. May her beautiful, loving and indominatable spirit help to sustain you at this time. My heart breaks for you all.
Marilyn and Cider Berry
May 14, 2016
I am so sorry to hear of Julie's passing. I worked with her until my retirement, and never saw her without a smile. Jeff, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.
Larry Patriquin
May 13, 2016
Dear Jared,
Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time...Al and Bobbie
Bobbie Barcikowski
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