Claudette A. Marcet
GORHAM, ME- Claudette A. (Comtois) Marcet, 81, died peacefully on May 27, 2013 at Maine Medical Center in Portland, following a long illness.
She was recently an assisted-living resident at Gorham House, in Gorham, Maine.
Burial has taken place at the St. Charles Cemetery in Blackstone, MA. A celebration of her life is scheduled for Saturday, September 21 at 2:00pm at the First Parish Congregational Church, UCC, of Gorham, Maine. Family and friends are welcome.
Claudette was born on January 3, 1932 in Woonsocket, RI, the daughter of Albert J. B. Comtois and Donalda St. Germain both of whom were born in Canada and emigrated to the United States.
She was predeceased in 2008 by her husband of 53 years, Louis H. Marcet. She is survived by 5 siblings, Marguerite Paul, Madeleine Schotter, Maurice Comtois, Jeannine Bishop, and Marcel Comtois; her two children, Gary Marcet of Gorham, ME and Lynne Gauvin of Woonsocket, RI; and a step-son, Bruce F. Marcet of Earlimart, CA. She had four grandchildren: Louis, Tyler, Nate and Bethany; and 4 great grandchildren: Jacqueline, Austin, Brandon and Abigail.
Claudette was a hard-working, devoted and loving mother and home-maker during the time that her children were growing up. In addition to being a terrific Mom, her first life-long passion was as a talented seamstress, having worked as a stitcher for such companies as Jacob Finkelstein in Woonsocket and Fashion Sportswear (maker of the Villager women's clothing line) where she spent many years as a shop supervisor. Her talent as a seamstress was second to none, allowing her to make most of her own clothes and operate her own business as a seamstress for many years. Of course, her talents with sewing spilled over into her arts and crafts as well. If it involved a needle and thread, she did it with artistic perfection. Her second life-long passion was centered in the kitchen. She loved to cook, and once again, did it with artistic as well as culinary excellence. During the time she lived in the Woonsocket area, she was featured in articles in the Woonsocket Call focusing on her cooking and her home-created recipes for everything from luscious deserts and breads to complete main course meals. Home-made (from scratch) baked beans were a weekly menu item on Saturday evenings. Her God-given talents didn't end with family, sewing and cooking. She was also a talented singer - a soprano - and enjoyed a brief run in her early 20's as a night-club singer. Her singing continued for much of her life whether it was as a church soloist at weddings and funerals or simply leading the family at holiday gatherings. She and a few of her sisters were able to make some "sweet" harmony together.
Claudette and Lou raised their children in Blackstone, MA and moved to Windham, ME, in 2003. Claudette was a proud mother and grandparent. She is fondly remembered by her neighbors in Windham and her co-residents at Gorham House for her friendliness and interest in others that she exhibited on a daily basis.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Gorham House Activities Fund, c/o Gorham House, 50 New Portland Road, Gorham, ME 04038. This fund provides direct activity and entertainment benefits to residents of Gorham House so that all may participate in social and entertainment activities.
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