Jeannette D. Blais

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AUBURN – Jeannette D. Blais, 78, of 25 Rideout Ave., Lewiston, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Androscoggin Hospice House, with her family and friends by her side, after a spirited fight with cancer.

She was born in Augusta, on Oct. 11, 1928, the daughter of Annie (Cyr) and Elie Robichaud. She was educated at St. Augustine in Augusta and worked at Statler Paper Mill. On Labor Day, Sept. 7, 1953, she married Richard R. Blais. They moved to Lewiston, where they made their home and began a business together, Dick’s Plumbing and Heating, Inc. She worked as a secretary in the business for 27 years and enjoyed every minute of it.

In 1991, she retired with her husband and spent many winters in their condo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, playing cards with her friends and getting together with family during the holidays, especially with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and sisters, the Robichaud girls. She found life difficult after the death of her husband in December 1993, but continued to find the joys in life. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren kept her young and going.

Some of her greatest pleasures were spending time with her best friends, Terry and Charlie Morin and Leo and Lilly Ayotte. She enjoyed going to have her hair done on Fridays and going out to lunch with her friend, Claudette, whom she met at a support group meeting at Holy Family Church in 1994.

She was an avid card and bingo player and enjoyed going to Foxwoods once a month with her friends. She loved music and especially loved hearing Jean Guy Piche and Rolande perform. She liked visiting with her neighbors, Laurette Doyon and Larry and Georgette Gilbert. She also enjoyed watching hockey, baseball, knitting and crocheting.

She was a member of Holy Family Parish, the Ladies of St. Anne, the Eagles Club, the Pastime Club, the Lewiston/Auburn Landlords Association, the International Association of Jim Beam Bottle Specialties Club and the Bay State Beamers.

She leaves behind her loving son, Michael P. Blais, and his wife, Sue; her loving daughter, Diane F. Whalen, and her husband, Jim; five granddaughters, Jennifer Blais, Melinda Blais, Heather Mills, and her husband, Ray, Ashley Whalen and Allison Whalen; five great-grandchildren, twins, Katlyn and Kathryn Blais, Autumn and Joshua Boivin and Adriana Mills; five sisters, Florence Lahaye, and her husband, Larry, Pauline Gagne, Cecile Vachon, and her husband, Roger, Marguerite (Marge) Roderick, and her husband, Richard and Joan Drouin, and her husband, Arthur; one brother, Norman Robichaud; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Charpentier; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband; her parents; sisters, Anita, Bernice and Gloria; and her brothers, Roland and Jerry.

Jeannette’s family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to all of the staff at the Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice as well as the Hospice House for their exceptional care and love shown to Jeannette and her family throughout these most difficult times.

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