Gertrude “Gert” Downs


1939 – 2015

RUMFORD — Gertrude “Gert” Downs, 76, of Kennebec Street in Rumford, died on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Rumford Hospital.

She was born in Rumford on March 27, 1939, she was a daughter of Peter and Bernadette (Pelletier) Serafin. Gert was a graduate of Stephens High School in Rumford and St. Joseph’s College. She taught third grade at Chisholm School in Rumford for many years and then was the principal at Virginia Elementary School in Rumford until her retirement.

Gert was a communicant of the Parish of the Holy Savior, St. Athanasius – St. John Church in Rumford where she served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister. She summered at Webb Lake in Weld for 45 years and was former president of the Webb Lake Association. She was also president of the Rumford Book Club.

She was married in Rumford on Feb. 20, 1963, to Robert Downs who died Oct. 3, 1990, in Rumford.

Survivors include her two daughters, Maria Downs of Mexico and Marcia Downs of Peru; a sister, Peggy Russell of Rumford; many nieces and nephews; and “adopted” grandchildren, Tommy and Katie Puiia.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Robert; a sister, Juliette Blake; brothers, Robert Serafin, Elmo Serafin and Francis Serafin.

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