1935 – 2016

AUBURN — Pauline T. Charest, 80, of Sabattus died Saturday, May 21, at the Androscoggin Hospice House with her family by her side.

Pauline was born in Lewiston on Oct. 15, 1935, a daughter of the late Emile and Antoinette Bergeron Croteau. She graduated from Lewiston High School in 1954.

Pauline was a member of the Prince of Peace Parish at Holy Family Church and a past president of the Ladies of St. Anne’s Sodality. A very spiritual person, she was a Eucharistic minister and involved in Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults classes.

Pauline worked at Blais Flower Shop as a floral designer for many years and retired as an activities coordinator at Ste. Marguerite d’Youville Pavilion. She was a volunteer at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice.

She enjoyed being with family, traveling with her husband, Nel, gardening and music. She was a member of the Red Hat Society. She was a founding member of The Lucky Ones, a group of adoptive mothers that still get together after 55 years.

Pauline will be remembered for her beautiful smile, generous nature and willingness to help those in need. She had a passion for collecting pull-tabs from cans of soda and donating them to charity. She always had them in her pockets.

She is survived by her loving husband, Lionel R. Charest, of Sabattus, whom she married Nov. 28, 2000; her daughter, Dina Duval LeClair and husband, Scott, of Nashua, N.H.; her sons, Denis Bonneau of Knoxville, Tenn., and Daniel Bonneau of Lewiston; grandchildren, Diana, Joshua and Nicholas Bonneau, Alden and Abbey LeClair; a great-granddaughter, Ariana; and her sisters, Olive Tash and husband, Donald, of Rochester, N.H., and Joline LeBlanc and husband, Donald, of The Villages in Wildwood, Fla.

She was predeceased by a sister, Laurette Allen; and brother-in-law, Paul James Allen Sr. She was married to Bertrand Bonneau who died in 1964.

The family wishes to thank Lamp Nursing Home and the Androscoggin Hospice House. Online condolences and photo gallery at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com.

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