AUBURN — Gratia “Grace” I. Pomerleau, 92, of Montello Manor, passed away on Sunday, July 31, at the Androscoggin Hospice House.

Grace was born in Lewiston, Jan. 18, 1919, the daughter of Romeo and Emella (Maheux) Pomerleau. She was educated at St. Peter’s School, where she graduated from the “Cours Superior.”

She worked at Singer Sewing Machine in Lewiston, before entering the convent in 1939, where she took the name of “Soeur Therese de L’Enfant Jesus.” While in the convent, she furthered her education at Rivier College and University of Maine at Fort Kent. She taught in Catholic schools in Eagle Lake and Fort Kent and later at St. Louis in Auburn. Grace left the convent in the mid 1960s and moved to Bennington, Vt., where she taught at Mt. Anthony Union Middle School, up to her retirement in the mid 1980s.

Grace returned to Lewiston after retiring and was a communicant at Holy Cross Parish and an active participant in church activities and volunteered at the parish whenever needed. Grace also devoted a great deal of her time to visiting the sick and elderly in area nursing homes.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Edna Pomerleau of Reading, Mass.; 10 nieces and nephews, including Cecile Thornton, who resides locally; and 16 great-nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and her stepmother, Rejeanne Gagnon Pomerleau; her brother, Armand Pomerleau in 2003; her sisters, Yvette Desjardins in 2007 and Midge Pomerleau, who passed away in May.

She also had two dogs, Bijoux and Chou Chou, whom she loved dearly and who were her faithful companions while she lived in Vermont.

Grace’s family wishes to thank the staff at Montello Commons and Androscoggin Hospice for their loving care and attention.

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