WINDHAM — Bernadette Rosalie Arsenault Gagne, 84, formerly of Yarmouth, died peacefully on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 25, from Alzheimer’s disease.
Born July 1, 1926, the eighth of 10 children of Rosalie DeRoche and Emanuel “Mike” Arsenault of Yarmouth. She lived in Yarmouth her entire life before spending the last few years at Ledgewood Manor in Windham.
A graduate of North Yarmouth Academy, she attended business school and worked at New England Telephone in Yarmouth before getting married to Frank Gagne on May 30, 1949.
While raising three children, she worked for Down East Novelties in Yarmouth until rejoining the telephone company in Portland and later at Davis Farm Road. After retiring she kept busy volunteering with Telephone Pioneers.
She spent summers with family and friends at the family camp at Poland Spring, where she loved sitting on the deck watching the stars, listening to loons, reading a good book, preferably a biography.
She enjoyed attending theatre performances at Maine State Music Theatre and antiquing, and was a longtime communicant at Sacred Heart Church.
Her children wish to thank the wonderful staff at Ledgewood Manor for taking care of their mom when she needed it the most.
She was predeceased by her husband Frank in 1990, and also by three brothers, Raymond, Louis and John Arsenault, and four sisters, Catherine “Kitty” Arsenault, Winifred “Winnie” Verrill, Cecilia “Sally” Townsend and Josephine “Finn” MacDougall.
Survivors are three children, Ann and her partner Joel Anderson of Poland Spring, Sue and her husband David DiMatteo of Windham, and Dave of North Yarmouth; two sisters, Irene DeLorme of Yarmouth and Rita Rager of Silver Springs, Md., and two brothers-in-law, John MacDougall of South Portland, and John Gagne of New Port Richey, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; numerous grandnieces and grandnephews; and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.
Visiting hours will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.
A memorial service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Lindquist’s Funeral Home, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yarmouth.
Please visit lindquistfuneralhome.com to view a video of her life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with the family.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 170 U.S. Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105, or to the Ledgewood Manor Activities Department, 200 Tandberg Trail, Windham, ME 04062.