LEWISTON — Jeannine Marie Anne (Lavoie) Gosselin, 70, of 16 Valley St., went to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 9, at the Hospice House after a prolonged illness.

She was born in Lewiston, Jan. 20, 1940, the daughter of Alphonse and Alice (Sevigny) Lavoie and was educated in Sabattus and Lewiston schools.

Upon graduating from Lewiston High School in 1958, Jeannine began employment with Ward Brothers in Lewiston as an office worker. On Sept. 23, 1961, she married Donald A. Gosselin, at which point she began orienting the major portion of her life to family.

Her dedication grew to include membership in numerous organizations, such as Survivance Francaise, La Rencontre, Holy Cross Seniors, Lewiston Seniors, Sabattus Seniors, the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 135 of Sabattus, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Holy Cross of Lewiston. In addition, she was a loyal and active volunteer in the Franco-American Heritage Center and the Holy Cross School Cafeteria. A close family, friends, church, dancing, cards, home cooking, traveling and a Franco heritage made up a large part of her interests.

She is survived by her husband, Donald of Lewiston; one daughter, Anne-Marie Albaugh and her husband, William Sr., of Westminster, Md.; four sons, Andre and wife, Vironique, of Montreux, Switzerland, Marc and wife, Linda, of Greene, David and wife Michelle, of Greene and Sean of St. Louis, Miss.; her sisters, Doris Meservier and husband, Jean Paul, of Lewiston, Veny Lavoie of Lewiston, Joan Casavant and husband, Louis, of Lewiston and Louise Demas and husband, Andrew, of Kingston, Mass.; her brothers, Laurier Lavoie and wife, Irene, of Lewiston, Maurice Lavoie and wife, Jaqueline, of Bedford, N.H., and Robert Lavoie and wife, Jeanne, of Lewiston; sister-and brother-in-law, Jean Paul Gosselin and wife, Lucille, of Orrington; sisters-in-law, Gisele Lavoie of Lewiston, Doris Gosselin of Lewiston, Yvette Gosselin, sfcc of Wells and Gertrude Gosselin of Brewer; eight grandchildren, Aaron, Milanie, Joshua, Sarah, Christopher, McKenzie, Tayelor and Andrew; as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

She was predeceased by brothers, Aime and Normand Lavoie; sisters-in-law, Exilia St. Pierre and Liette Poliquin; and brothers-in-law, Germain Gosselin and Marcel Gosselin.

Jeannine wished to mention special thanks for the compassionate care given by doctors and medical staff of T-1 at Lewiston’s Central Maine Medical Center and the Hospice House in Auburn. The family also extends their thanks to visiting family, and the large network of close friends, such as her coffee friends. Her final days at the Hospice became a humble lesson in the celebration of life. You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the Gosselin family by visiting their guest book at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com.

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