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Rita M Jean

Rita M. (Desmarais) Jean, 82, of Gardner, died peacefully Friday, December 18, 2015 in Wachusett Manor Nursing Home of Gardner, surrounded by her family.
She was born in Gardner on June 11, 1933, the daughter of the late Frank and Mina (Courchene) Desmarais.
Rita was a telephone operator employed by New England Telephone and Telegraph of Gardner for ten years, retiring in 1960.
She was a member of Annunciation Parish/Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church of Gardner.
Rita enjoyed knitting, golfing, traveling and cooking. She was an avid card player who enjoyed playing cribbage, Hearts and Bingo. Rita loved the outdoors, and she treasured spending time with her family.
She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Roland W. Jean, who died October 2, 2014.
Rita leaves two daughters, Kathleen M. Arsenault and her husband Gilles of Gardner and Karen J. Chandler and her husband Robert of Quechee, Vermont; five grandchildren, David Arsenault and his wife Tiffany of Phillipston, Jeremy Arsenault and his wife Danielle of Winchendon, Nicole Arsenault of Gardner, and Connor and Brent Chandler of Quechee, Vermont; six great-grandchildren, Trinity, Savanna, Haleigh and Kirstyn Arsenault and Nevaeh and Nyomi Soto; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by one brother, Raymond Desmarais and by one sister, Georgette Desmarais.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, December 23rd from the Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols Street, Gardner with a Mass at 11:30 a.m. in Annunciation Parish/Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner. Burial will be in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon.
A calling hour will be held Wednesday, December 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions in Rita's name may be made to Beacon Hospice, 36 William Street, Leominster, MA 01453 or to Wachusett Manor Nursing Home, Activity Fund, 32 Hospital Hill Road, Gardner, MA 01440.
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Visitation Details

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am, Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols St., Gardner

Service Details

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 11:30am, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols St., Gardner

Interment Details

MA Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon, MA


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To the Jean Family: I'm very sorry to read of the loss of your loved one. During times like these it's all to easy to feel helpless and without hope. When my family and I experience tragedy of this sort we often turn to the scriptures for endurance. Isaiah 25:8 and Revelation 21:4 speaks of a time when death will be a thing of the past and our loved ones will be reunited with us. Continue to beg God for endurance until that time comes.

Jae Dec 23 2015 12:00 AM

Our deepest condolences to the Arsenault family. Minama will be missed by our family, May all your memories help to lessen the saddness you are feeling. God bless and peace be with all of you. May the angels guide her safely home. Love to all of you. Linda & Chris Sawyer

Linda Sawyer Dec 20 2015 12:00 AM

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