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Annette Leda Masse

December 13, 2010

Annette Leda Masse

BELLINGHAM- Annette Leda (Remillard) Masse, eighty-five years old, a resident of Bellingham, died December 12.
Born in Bellingham, the daughter of Wilfred and Leda (Vadenais) Remillard, owners of Remillard's Bakery on South Main Street, Bellingham, Annette was one of nine children, Arthur, Claire, Constance, and Florence are living; Roland, Bertrand, Maurice, and Beatrice died before her. She is survived by her husband of sixty-two years, Lucien. Her son Lenard died in 1977; her other six children are living: Michelle Mass and her husband, James Catano, of Baton Rouge Louisiana, Rochelle White of North Smithfield RI, Lionel Masse and his wife, Cynthia, of Bellingham MA, Leda Masse of Sunderland MA, Doris Mass and her husband, Gerard Byrne, of Ringwood NJ, and Renee Daigneault and her husband, Daniel, of Bellingham MA. Pre-deceased by one grandson, Michael, she is also survived by nine other grandchildren: Christine, Christopher, Danielle, Molly, Nicole, Rebecca, Sarah, Serina, and Stephen. Pallbearers include her sons-in-law, Gerard Byrne, James Catano, and Daniel Daigneault.
The valedictorian of her high-school class, Annette was not able to attend college, but she transformed her skills in other arenas. An avid skier, swimmer, reader, and opera fan as a young woman, Annette later took up painting with the same enthusiasm and ability. Her girlhood love for what the family called "the Lake"--her family's summer home at Lake Nipmuc--helped to make it a gathering place and a storehouse of cherished memories for the next generation of children and cousins. Her skill in sewing turned to making beautiful outfits for her children; her artistic ability shifted to designing and refinishing an addition to her home. Her intelligence and passionate commitment to whatever she was doing was evident not only in her responses to her children, but also in her employment at Sarah Coventry, a costume jewelry company, after the birth of her seventh child, where she quickly became a successful regional vice president, won numerous awards, and from which she retired in 1979.
Annette's world grew with travel, prestige, and professional success, but she always saw the goal of that success to be supporting her children as they themselves moved into larger worlds through the education and life goals she made possible. She loved greatly, and was greatly loved in turn. She will be sorely missed.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, December 15, at 9:00 AM from CARTIER'S FUNERAL HOME, 151 So. Main St. (Rte 126), Bellingham with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM at St. Blaise Church, 1158 So. Main St., Bellingham. Interment will follow at St. Jean Baptiste Cemetery.
Visiting hours at the funeral home are on Tuesday, December 14, from 4:00 to7:00 PM. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Because of Annette's commitment to education, her name has been added to the memorial fund at Louisiana State University's Women's and Gender Studies program named in honor of her sister, Beatrice. The fund supports an award to honor the achievements of students who go to college later in life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Annette Masse and Beatrice Remillard Memorial Fund, c/o Michelle Mass, 1331 Richland Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806.
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