Viola M. Arsenault


RUMFORD – Viola M. Arsenault, 81, of Spruce Street died Thursday, May 4, at her residence.

She was born in Rumford, on Sept. 29, 1924, a daughter of Albert J. and Denise (Richard) Melanson.

She was educated in Rumford schools and lived locally all of her life.

On April 2, 1945, she married Arthur J. Arsenault. He passed away on Nov. 12, 1999.

For many years, she was employed as a cashier at Sampson’s Supermarket in Rumford.

She was a communicant of St. Athanasius and St. John Catholic Church.

She enjoyed working in her many flower gardens and playing cribbage with her wide circle of friends.

She was a very accomplished knitter and donated many pairs of mittens and scarf’s to the Green Church at Christmas.

She enjoyed playing the organ and singing, as it was her belief that it gave glory to God.

Some of her best times in her life were spent along the Maine coast, and her many family trips to Hermit Island at Small Point Beach.

Her life was centered around her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as her beloved Boston Terrier “Maggie,” who now resides in Missouri; and she was also very close to her brothers and sisters.

She is survived by a son, Dennis J. Arsenault and wife, Dottie, of Rumford; a daughter, Christine A. Seaman of Wright City, Mo.; three sisters, Ida Lyons of Sanford, Bella Stone of Rumford and Mary Patrick of Fayetteville, N.Y.; four brothers, Leo Melanson of Rumford, Jack Melanson and wife, Jackie, of Mexico, Albert “Chinkey” Melanson and wife, Eliz, of Germany and Richard “Dick” Melanson and wife, Julie, of Dixfield; six grandchildren, Jason Arsenault, U.S. Navy, and wife, Stephanie, Christopher Arsenault and wife, Gaye, Kyle Arsenault, U.S. Marine Corps, Craig Arsenault, U.S. Army, Tabetha LaMora and husband, Matthew, and Shane Burgum; and four great-grandchildren, Valor, Noah, Skylar and Gabby.

She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur J. Arsenault; brothers, George Melanson and Omer Melanson; a granddaughter; April Seaman; and a great-grandson, Stephen.