Sarah Elliott Rousseau
J.N. Boufford & Sons Funeral Home - Manchester
110 Bridge St.
Manchester, NH
MANCHESTER - Sarah Elliott Rousseau died unexpectly on Jan. 7, 2015.

The most important part of Sarah's life was her family. She tried for years to become a mother and that dream came true when Gretl Elliott Rousseau was born on Nov. 20, 2014. Sarah knows that Gretl will be lovingly cared for by her family. Sarah leaves behind her husband, Adam A. Rousseau; her mother, Constance Allard Elliott; and her sister, Laura Elliott Johnson, along with her daughters Grace and Audrey Johnson. She will be missed greatly by her mother-in-law, Cindy Rousseau; and brother-in-law, Joshua Rousseau. Sarah's extended family, although large, was extremely close-knit, and she will be forever in the hearts of many aunts, uncles and cousins, most importantly Muriel Allard, Chip and Linda Allard, along with Tom Rousseau and Nancy Bolton.

She was born in Manchester on Aug. 22, 1975. She graduated from Trinity High School in 1993 and Notre Dame College in 1997. She devoted over 20 years of her life to her other "family" at Alpha-Bits Learning Center. As a director, teacher and friend to all the families at her school, "Miss Sarah" will be missed by many, many children that she loved so fiercely each and every day.

Sarah's vivacious and beautiful personality lit up any room. She loved her home that she and her husband lovingly restored here in Manchester. She also loved her home that she shared with her family in Naples, Fla., where she always enjoyed the sunshine and time on the ocean.

She was predeceased by her father, Robert L. Elliott, in 2004; and her father-in-law, David A. Rousseau, in 2012; her cousin, Andrew J. Allard, in 2007; and most recently, the man who walked her down the aisle on her wedding day, her cousin Matthew L. Allard, in 2015.


SERVICES: A celebration of Sarah's life will be held Saturday, Jan. 17, at Manchester Country Club in Bedford. It will begin with a prayer service at 10 a.m., followed by a reception. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gretl Elliott Rousseau Educational Fund in care of William G. Belezos, Wells Fargo, 138 Conant St., 4th Floor, Beverly, MA 01915.

The J.N Boufford & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For more information and an online guest book, please visit

Published by Union Leader on Jan. 11, 2015.
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My condolence to Andrew and his family and especially their daughter the first time I'm at Sarah she work at Pizzaz, years past and I ran into Sarah at center city at center city. Sarah had her nails done by the owner Debbie Booth. I can't forget the day that her aunt Marlene called me in tears to let me know of the passing of Sarah I hope Adam and his little girl know that Sarah will always be with them and watch over them.
Nicole McLaughlin, Bernier Winthrop. MA
February 7, 2015
To say Sarah lit up a room when she walked in would be an understatement. She radiated a positive aura all the time. You could feel the energy and see the light that surrounded Sarah all the time. No matter how bad my day was going Sarah had a way of making it into a good day just by talking to me! I will truly miss this beacon of light but I know she is now the new brightest star in the night sky!
Lorin Newell
February 1, 2015
Myself and sister attended trinity with Laura, Sarah and Melissa and my heart aches for all of you and your families during this time.
Tracey Laughton
January 26, 2015
I was so so saddened to hear of Sarah's passing. I couldn't believe it. I will always remember her bright sunny personality when we worked together. Words fail me. My condolences to the whole family.
Janet Fortin
January 21, 2015
We are so sorry for the devastating loss of Sarah. We all loved seeing her smiling face every day and she was always so caring and passionate about taking care of our children. Laura and Connie, if there is ever anything we can do to pitch in in Sarah's absence, please ask. We are so heartbroken for you. Take comfort in beautiful Gretl ? Love and prayers from the Raymond family.
Mary, Paul, Abby, Brian and Ben Raymond
January 20, 2015
Connie and family, We are so sorry to learn of Sarah's passing. Please know that you and all of your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Bob and Elaine Mielcarz
January 20, 2015
To the Elliot and Rousseau family. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Jackie Gamache-Brodeur
January 20, 2015
I worked with Sarah about 13 years ago in the after school program at Alpha Bits. Sarah always had a beautiful smile on her face to greet her staff, parents and children. She will be missed!
Rebecca Libby
January 19, 2015
Sarah was a kind and sweet person! I knew her from alpha bits but it was a long time ago roughly 15yrs ago. She was amazing caring and a great person. She will be missed and my thoughts and prayers too all of her family. Just remember she is watching over everyone and remember the great memories. She is there in spirit with everyone.
Sara Johnson
January 18, 2015
Laura - so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you.
Matt Morrissey
January 18, 2015
Dear Adam, My heart sank to learn that Sarah is your wife. I am so very sorry. I know that you will find strength holding on to your baby girl.
Brandie (Stachokas) Biron
January 17, 2015
From the days at The Villa Augustina -- A wonderful young teacher"Mrs. Elliott and her two beautiful daughters". There are just no words or understanding-- Just know that Heaven is a Little Brighter now. Tim and Nancy O'Connell
January 17, 2015
Adam sorry for your families condolences
Daniele Dion
January 17, 2015
Our Family feels your loss so deeply., out hearts go out to the entire family. As part of the Alphabits family, we will miss her every day and remember her infectious smile and the joy she brought to everyone's lives and especially the love she gave to our children. Our deepest condolences. - Nelson, Elaine Tristan and Sienna
Elaine Martinez
January 17, 2015
Dear Adam,
I can't tell you how sorry I am to hear of your loss. Thinking of you and your family.
Kelly Poltak McKennedy
January 16, 2015
Sarah, you beautiful girl and wonderful human being. Your passing and the inauspicious timing of your 1st cousin and best friend Mathew has left such a black hole in the hearts of all who knew you. You probably realize by now the challenge of the theological and Godly mind set of your family and friends and even strangers. With prater and God's will, your strength and energy in life as we knew you will help us heal and restore.
God speed and RIP Ms. Sarah
Doc Merrick
January 16, 2015
As did each member of the Alpha-Bits family had, Sarah made my employment there a wonderful adventure of learning and loving children. She always had the right thing to say and a smile to give. I remember seeing her on the road with my husband and her announcing through the window that she was expecting and hoping to be as happy as we were with the new chapter in her life. My prayers are with all of you and the extended family. I know she and Matt are together smiling and comforting each other as we must now do.
Rosemarie Beal
January 16, 2015
Sarah came into my cafe often. I just saw her right before she had the baby. She told me she had just decorated the whole house. She was beyond thrilled to be expecting. He love of her husband, family and life came through every time I saw her. I will miss her smile! She was just a lovely person. This hardly seems fair. My heart is heavy. I am truly sorry for your loss. Warmest regards & deepest sympathy, Heather Asang, Co-Owner Two Friends Cafe, Goffstown.
Heather Asang
January 15, 2015
My thoughts and prayers to all the families and friends...I will miss Sarah's beautiful smile!!!! She is truely a Angel up above watching over all of us...May God bring you all peace and the strength to carry on..
Marilyn Dudka
January 15, 2015
Dear Adam, Josh & Cindy,

My heart felt sympathy for your family & the entire Allard family.

Adam, my friend, please know I am thinking of you & your precious child.
Stay strong.

Much love,
Carolyn Boucher
January 15, 2015

I'm very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to your entire family.
Mary (MacGuire) Noce
January 15, 2015
Connie, Muriel, and Family,

So sorry for your loss. Know that Sarah is in Jesus' arms watching over all of her loved ones! Wishing you strength through this trying time. God Bless the Allard, Elliott and Rousseau Families!

Dee Rocca-Gravel
January 15, 2015
Adam, Tim and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely, Liz and Tim Quick
Bedford, NH
January 15, 2015
To the Elliott,Rousseau and Allard families
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Frank & Marty Drociak
January 15, 2015
It has been many years since Sarah and I crossed paths but the middle school memories are still fresh in my mind like it was yesterday. I am so saddened by the news. My thoughts and prayers are with Sarah's family and friends. Rest in peace Sarah.
Sonia Fleury-Hering
January 15, 2015
Connie, I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family.
Jan Bournival
January 15, 2015
Connie, We were so sorry to read about Sarah and Matthew. You all have been through so much for one family. It is so hard to comprehend. Our Prayers are with you,and your family
Emile and Lorraine Guay
January 15, 2015
Connie and family, So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Lou Battersby
January 15, 2015
Thoughts and prayers to you all. Sarah was a ray of sunshine and a breath of fresh air. Thinking of you Adam and Gretl
Kristin Thivierge
January 14, 2015
I'm saddened to hear of the loss of such an amazing, bright and beautiful woman. My heart and Prayers go out to the whole Rousseau and Plantier Family. I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Caitlin Sullivan
January 14, 2015
The news of Sarah's passing is devastating. Sarah touched so many lives from the very young to the old. These interactions have all been a blessing to each of us. Always so happy, positive, and delivered with a smile. I can remember her showing her t shirt Adam made of being the future Mrs. Adam Rousseau !!! Adam you are and always will be her soul mate ! That happiness she shared lasts forever. Blessed with a daughter , niece, grandchild.cousin to her family Gretl will give you the strength to make. It through this difficult time, The prayers from so many that are sharing your sadness and loss I pray will help your family heal and to love life as Sarah would wish for all of you.
Kimberly Pare'
January 13, 2015
To all of the Elliott/allard family I am so very sorry for your loss. Sarah was one of a kind she was a wonderful person with a very kind heart, she will be truely missed. RIP my dearest friend!!!
Heather Warnock Lingerfelt
January 13, 2015
My deepest sympathy. Connie, Laura and all of your family I am so truly sorry for your loss.
Melissa Morgan Bilodeau
January 13, 2015
Our prayers and thoughts will be with you all at this time.
Gary & Claire Philippy
January 13, 2015
Connie, Muriel, Laura
So sorry for the loss of Sarah. Keep her in your hearts.
Jim & Chex Morrissey
January 13, 2015
we are saddened beyond belief and send our love and prayers to you, Muriel, and the entire Allard family. MARILYN AND PETER FLYNN, NAPLES, FL
January 13, 2015
My heart feel's so sad for the family and her baby. Sarah was a person with a heart of gold, she and her dad are watching over her little girl.
Nicole McLaughlin
January 13, 2015
Connie and Muriel,

I was so saddened to hear of Sarah's passing. I can't even imagine the pain of your loss. Sending you both Love through this difficult time.
Donna Chagnon
January 13, 2015
Words can't express how saddened we are to hear of the loss of Sarah. Our thought and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I will always remember Sarah and the memories that we shared at West Side Catholic.
- Tiffany and family
Tiffany Duval-Piche
January 13, 2015
Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Allard family.
Jean Paul & Alena Gregoire
January 13, 2015
May her spirit live on in those that loved her.
January 13, 2015
Adam, Connie, Muriel and families,

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Your loss of Sarah is a loss for all who knew her.

I never saw her without a smile on her face. At the same time, though it had been years since my children were at Alpha-Bits, she remembered me when I'd see her from time.

She is a blessing to all who knew her.

God Bless, Sarah +
Jack Murphy
January 12, 2015
My heart aches for Sarah's family.
Ann Lagasse
January 12, 2015
Our prayers are with the family my grandchildren went to Alpha bits for 6 years I couldn't ask for better people Miss Sara always had a smile on her face and was so energetic she will be sadly missed by all.
Tina Brown
January 12, 2015
So sorry to hear about Sarah, my son went to Alpha-bits for about six years, and I remember Sarah well, she had a great smile, prayers for you all.

Donna Locke & Brandon Francoeur
January 12, 2015
The last time we saw Sarah was October 2014. She informed us that she was expecting in 6 weeks. She was smiling and appeared so happy to tell us this news. Sarah was pleasant,friendly and a beautiful woman. So sorry for your
loss..Deepest sympathy to Connie, Laura, Adam,Cindy & Joshua and all other family members and friends.
Claudette/Harold(Hud) Tankard
January 12, 2015
January 12, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss..Sarah was a beautiful woman and she will be greatly missed.our Love thoughts and prayers are wirh you
sharon salvitti hayden vaillancourt
January 12, 2015
Our sincere sympathy to Adam and family as she had the brightest smile and was such a nice jolly, happy sweet and we will certainly miss her walking the neighborhood
Dave and Kim Balles
January 12, 2015
So sad to hear of Sarah's passing, she is well remembered. Prayers and thoughts for your family...
Kirsten Fournier Clark
January 12, 2015
Dear Connie and Muriel.....I am so very sorry to hear of this. My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time. I remember Sarah as a beautiful girl always smiling and happy. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Fondly Jennifer Shea
jennifer Shea
January 12, 2015
It hurts my heart to hear of Sarah's passing, life is definitely not fair at times. I want to offer my condolences to the entire Allard/Elliott family on behalf of the Boulanger Family - I know how close you all are and I can not begin to imagine what you are all going through at this time. Know that her spirit will live on in little Greti. Treasure the memories you have and keep them close to your heart. If there is anyting I can do to help in any way please let me know. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Much Love - Michelle (Boulanger) Morrison -- Lou Boulanger's daughter
Michelle Morrison
January 12, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of Sarah's passing - I remember her from West Side Catholic and she was always smiling and happy. She was a kind soul and her spirit will live on in her daughter. My thoughts go out to fer family during this difficult time. Rest in peace Sarah
Karen (Allard) Raymond
January 12, 2015
To all of us that had the joy of knowing Sarah.....we are the lucky ones. She was such a super and fun spirit. She has made a wonderful impact on my children and their time spent at Alpha Bits. We are very sad for all her family. What a sad loss for you all. May you soon find peace. We are thinking of you all.
Love,The Moses Family.
January 12, 2015
Connie, Laura, Murial & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Sarah was the sweetest person there was. Prayers go out to all.
Beth Sedita
January 12, 2015
My thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew and loved Sarah, The Elliot's, The Allard's & The Rousseau's as well as the loving and caring friends and staff of Alpha-bits, both of my girls attended many years ago, but the foundation was put in place primarily from you all and Sarah was always a major part of that. Much love & prayers. Julie Smith (Stephanie and Marissa's Mom)
Julie Smith
January 12, 2015
Adam I am so sorry for the lost of your best friend. You two had a love for each other that no other could match. Heaven just got a little better this week and the Earth a little worst. Gone way too soon, will miss your beautiful face and your positive personality.
Derick and Jennifer Grover
January 11, 2015
My heart is heavy as I am learning of the recent losses in the Allard and Elliot family. I had Sarah in the 3rd grade. I have never forgotten her bright blue eyes and her huge smile. She will always be remembered and will always have a special place in my heart.

My sympathy goes out to the entire family. I am also keeping All of you in prayer.

Denise Archambault
Denise Archambault
January 11, 2015
Your smile and laugh will never be forgotten. Thanks for being you. And being so great to Jayden. Thoughts and Prayers with Sarahs family.
Jessica Tate
January 11, 2015
Miss Sarah, you were loved by ever child and family that you worked with. You will be miss. John, Debra and Emily Casey
January 11, 2015
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
David and Heather Tung
January 11, 2015
She was a ball of infectious happy energy and I will never forget her...
Sam Scott
January 11, 2015
My sincerest condolences to all of Sarah's family.
Gone to soon. Rest in Peace Sarah.
Terri Mitchell Chase
January 11, 2015
Miss Sarah, the staff at Rita Mae's will Never forget you. And baby Gretl. Helen Marylou Janice Lorin Christine Kristi. Inspiration to us all.
Helen Williams
January 11, 2015
Sorry to hear of Sarah's passing. Mine and my families love, strength, and prayers go out to all of you. Jason Bill and family THS class of 1993
Jason Bill
January 11, 2015
Adam and family,
My heart is so broken for you all. May the great memories you have made and the special twinkle in your little ones eye out shine your sorrow. My husband and I live just around the block from you and if there is anything we can ever do to help please contact me. Much love??
Nicole Tatman- Aubin
January 11, 2015
"Miss Sarah" played a significant part in my daughter, Haley's, early childhood, providing a strong foundation for her future. She was a true positive light for all whose path she crossed. Our thoughts are with her family.
Stacey Calabro
January 11, 2015
Heartfelt sympathies to Adam, Laura, Connie and families. Know that you're in our thoughts and prayers. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.
Lionel & Veronica Grassi
January 11, 2015
We are so sorry. What an unbelievable loss! Krys and Dino
January 11, 2015
Connie so sorry to hear about Sarah. My thoughts and prayers go out to and your family. Elaine Morgan
January 11, 2015
I am so sorry for all you and your family is going through. I am on the west coast but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
Mary Lou Wilson
January 11, 2015
Heavy heart this past week since learning of Sarah's passing. Sarah was the epitome of beautiful. Both inside and out. She had a passion for life and knew how to live and have fun. Such a loving, generous and happy heart, Sarah's was golden. Her love of children and of all people shined through daily. I witnessed her touch countless lives, just with the Alpha-Bits families alone. She will always hold a special place in my heart. Sending loving thoughts and prayers to the families...may you find peace, strength and comfort during this time. ??
Pamela McMahon
January 11, 2015
So sorry to learn that the Allard family has suffered another tragedy so so soon. Though I never had the privilege of meeting Sarah we still would like to extent our sincere sympathy to her family. Cliff and Priscilla Magnor
Clifford Magnor
January 11, 2015
My heart is so heavy...I have so many fond memories..from our years together at Alpha -Bits. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this time.
helen dunn
January 11, 2015
Laura and family,

Words cannot express the sorrow we feel, knowing you are bearing a loss that is so profound. May it comfort you to know that so many others care. If we can help you in any way please don't hesitate to ask.

Wishing you peace and the love of family and friends in the difficult days ahead.

The Skoglund Family
Regina Skoglund
January 11, 2015
I'm so sorry to hear of Sarah's sudden passing. Sending strength, love and light to your family during this very difficult time.
Heather Colburn Parslow (THS class of 1993)
January 11, 2015
Sarah was my sons preschool teacher many years ago. Her warm heart and bright smile is always how I will remember her. Bless her family at this difficult time.
Lisa Spenard
January 11, 2015
There are no proper words to describe the loss of Sarah.
Peace be with you all.
Claudette & Bob Gottsegen
January 11, 2015
Sarah was a wonderful woman with a great sense of humor and a kind heart. I have only a few fond memories of her, it was a few years ago now that our paths crossed. Sarah had convinced me to run The Rover road race with her and I agreed. I had never even exercised before but she was hard to say no to. We started and I was slow it looked like she was running in place beside me so I suggested she run ahead. She lapped me three times. Each time pushing me with her positive way to finish. Though she finished much earlier she still motivated me and finished the race. She ran with me and I finished. That was the only race I had ever ran and I wouldn't have done it without her. I had never met anyone like her before and it saddens my heart to know she is not here. She was a small package with huge impact. Blessed to have known her even a little.
Bernadette Rousseau
January 11, 2015
So sorry for the loss of Sarah. She was a beautiful person with an infectious smile. Such a tragedy.
Heather Henriquez (Duford)
January 11, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family during this difficult time.
Julian & Betty Stogniew
January 11, 2015
I am so deeply saddened to hear about your loss. I have so many fond memories of Sarah that I will always cherish. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Meggan Diaz Batten
January 11, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very difficult time. May you find peace in the love of your family and friends. You will be greatly missed Sarah! RIP
Donald, Amy, & Benjamin
Richard Family
January 11, 2015
Dear Rousseau Family,
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you at this time. Such a tremendous loss for all families involved. May Sarah R.I.P. Peace be with you all, God Bless.
Pam (Russell) Comstock
January 10, 2015
So very sorry for your loss, Laura. Prayers lifted for your family.
Krystyn (Langford) Case
January 10, 2015
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