Gertrude R. Bussiere


AUBURN — Gertrude R. Bussiere, 97, of Auburn, passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Hospice House, with her family by her side.

She was born in Auburn, Dec. 5, 1915, the daughter of Auguste and Camille (St. Hilaire) Poirier. She grew up in the Auburn area and attended local schools. She was a graduate of Edward Little High School.

In June 1940, Gertrude married her husband, Rosario Bussiere, and they started a family together. During that time, she and her husband owned and operated the Northwood Park IGA, until retirement in 1976.

Gertrude was a member of St. Louis Church in Auburn, the New Auburn Seniors and Ladies of St. Anne. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo as well as wintering in Florida, and going out with her high school girlfriends.

She will also be remembered for her love of cooking, with baking pies being her specialty and her passion for spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her three children, Claire Cloutier and her husband, Maurice, of Greene, Paul and his wife, Linda, of Greene and Albert and his wife, Patricia, of Auburn; she leaves behind six grandchildren, Susan Lyons, Claude and Michelle Cloutier, Michael and Melissa Cloutier, Anthony and Lisa Bussiere, Mikie and Torey Myshrall and Eric and Amanda Palmer; as well as 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews.

Gertrude was predeceased by her loving husband, Rosario; and three siblings, Ovila, Roudouph and Noella.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to all the staff of St. Mary’s Hospital, Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice House for the devoted care and attention they showed to Gertrude.

Family and friends are invited to share condolences through her online guest book