UXBRIDGE- Eva (Tancrell) Meunier, 106, of Largo, FL died Thurs. April 5 at Sabal Palms in Largo, FL.
Born on Aug. 19, 1905 she was daughter of Joseph E. and Georgianna (Auger) Tancrell, the eighth of nine children.
She is survived by a daughter Jocelyn of Largo, FL and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her daughter, 3 nieces were loving care givers: Suzanne Gray of Largo, FL, Andree Giguere of Lakeland, FL, and Constance Fleurant of Cumberland, RI. She is predeceased by her husband Armand Meunier who died in 1961; 7 brothers, former Uxbridge Fire Chief Wilfred "Bill"; George P., Albert W., Henry, Arthur D., Homer J., and J. Edward; all of whom made up the "Tancrell Fire Dept." (Company 2 in North Uxbridge) and a sister, Lena Leclair.
When in Uxbridge High School (Class of 1923) the music teacher, Mrs. Murphy, encouraged her to take voice lessons. She studied at the then prestigious North Hampton Institute for Musical Pedagogy in Westfield, MA which later continued to operate on the Smith College Campus and then relocated to the Skidmore College of Summer School of Music. She performed as a professional soprano soloist throughout New England and eastern Canada. She performed with the symphonies of Boston, Providence, and Manchester, and sang the title roles in 3 operas. Her third opera, a professional production in Montreal, earned her rave reviews from the Canadian Press in the title role in Manon.
She married Armand J. Meunier on June 23, 1926 and moved to Woonsocket, RI. While there, she taught voice and was soloist at many of the churches in the area. In 1952, they moved to St. Petersburg, FL due to her husband's ill health. An ardent Tampa Bay Rays fan she was honored at her 105th birthday when Rays broadcaster, Dwayne Staats sang happy birthday to her on a game broadcast on TV and Joe Maddon send along an autographed baseball cap.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on April 11 at St. Jude's Cathedral in St. Petersburg. A memorial Mass will be held on Fri. July 20 at 10 a.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd (the founding family's parish), 121 Linwood St., Linwood. Burial will be in St. Jean the Baptiste Cemetery in Bellingham at 3:00 p.m. A Calling hour will be held on Fri. July 20 from 9-10 a.m. at Good Shepherd Church, 121 Linwood St.