LEWISTON – Roger E. Ginchereau, 72, of 22 Albert St., died June 10, at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion after a long battle with diabetes and side effects.

He was born in Auburn, on April 25, 1937, a son of the late Ludger N. and Yvonne (Berube) Ginchereau. He was educated in Auburn and later served his country in the U.S. Army. While stationed in Germany, he fell in love and married his beautiful wife, Mathilde (Hilde) Graf in her hometown of Chieming in 1960.

He became proficient in photography living in Bavaria near the Swiss Alps. He also appreciated and loved classical music, specifically Mozart, Bach, Johann Strauss, Beethoven, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Vivaldi, Handel , Chopin, Debussy, Giuseppe Verdi and his all-time No. 1 favorite, Luciano Pavarotti.

Returning home, he worked as general manager for Jim’s Restaurant 19 years. He later retired from Hall and Knight as a purchasing agent after working several years as a projectionist for the Empire Theater and also as being a notary public.

He was a member of St. Joseph’s and Holy Cross Church and a past member of The Lewiston Auburn Camera Club. He truly enjoyed nature, photography and family. He was known simply as Opa to his granddaughter, Autumn, and was always there for her. He loved her more than anything in this world except for his loving and devoted wife Mathilde.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Eric and Peter; his granddaughter, Autumn; one brother, Dr. Marcel and his wife, Dr. Jacqueline Ginchereau, of New York; three sisters-in-law, Burgl, Agnes and Erna, and one brother-in-law, Franz, all of Germany; plus many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

He was predeceased by his brother, Norman Ginchereau; and a brother-in-law, Franz Graf.

Many thanks to all who helped Roger.

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