Georgette L. Gagne

HIGHGATE – Georgette L. Gagne, age 89, departed this earth on November 7, 2019, embraced by her family, and is now at peace in the arms of her heavenly Father.

Georgette was born on April 6, 1930 in Swanton, the daughter of Pierre and Aurore (Bourgea) Larose. She lived in Swanton and graduated from Holy Angels School in St. Albans, VT. She began work immediately upon graduation at Fonda Container and worked there from 1945 to 1955. She married Normand Gagne of Highgate on September 4, 1954, who predeceased her on March 22, 2017. They lived in Highgate most of their 62 years of marriage and enjoyed life on the farm. No stranger to hard work and multitasking, she was successful in keeping home and farm well maintained while raising six children.  

She is survived by her son Mark Gagne and his wife Jean of Highgate, son Daniel Gagne and partner Sue Gloude of Chazy Lake, NY, daughter Anne Berthiaume and her husband Leon of Swanton, daughter Julie Gagne of Ann Arbor, Michigan, daughter Cecile Vosburg and her husband Mark of Swanton, daughter Claudette Peck and her husband Rick of Concord, New Hampshire. She always expressed pride in her grandchildren, Jessica Brill and husband Jason, Alyssa Berthiaume, Jameson Berthiaume and wife Shauyne, Eddie Gagne and fiancée Samantha Palisoul, Mary Cheney and husband Marcus, Carly Gagne, Katie Gagne, Nicholas Gagne, Sara Vosburg, Emily Vosburg, Evan Peck, and Jordan Peck. She was delighted by visits from her great-grandchildren, Owen and Ethan Brill, Kilian Ciullo, and Gideon Berthiaume.

She is survived by her oldest brother Raymond Larose of Franklin, a sister Lorraine Rainville and husband Joe Rainville of Highgate, and sister-in-law Doris Larose of St. Albans.

She was predeceased by brothers Bernard, Normand, and Robert Larose; and sisters-in-law Theda Larose, Denise Larose, and Marguerite Larose. She was predeceased by Normand’s family: Lucien and Dolores Gagne, Roger and Adrienne Gagne, Rosaire and Henriette Gagne, Alcide and Olivette Labrie.

Her favorite pastime included spending time with family, playing cards, and reminiscing about good times past.

Georgette was a religious woman throughout her life and believed that prayer was the best medicine in helping to solve problems. She was a lifelong member of the St. Louis Church in Highgate, where weekly mass attendance was a must. She was an active member of the Ladies of St. Anne and often collected money for the annual Bishop’s Fund. She lived at The Homestead in St. Albans for the past three years, made many friends, and enjoyed the many activities offered.

She was a jack-of-all-trades in the house and on the farm. There wasn’t any task she wasn’t willing and able to tackle in the home or on the farm. She was a very dependable and capable farmwife often putting in 16-hour days. She loved maple syrup time and often supervised the firing of the stove to keep the sap boiling. She and Normand sponsored several Franco-American soirees in Highgate providing much enjoyed entertainment to family, friends, and neighbors. Georgette crocheted, sewed, dabbled in art, enjoyed puzzlemaking, berrypicking, and loved playing cards with her siblings, and board games with her children and grandchildren. She always planted a huge garden and preserved what she could. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren will miss her gentle spirit, sense of humor, and wonderful cooking.

When Georgette retired from farmwork, she was hired by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in St. Albans, where she was a records supervisor for ten years, admired for her strong work ethic and kind disposition.

The family wishes to thank all the employees and residents at The Homestead for their care and companionship during her time there. A special thank you to the Bayada staff and Homestead nurses for their special skills in providing comfort to Mama in her final days. And a thank you to all the relatives and friends who visited with her prior to her passing which meant the world to her.

Georgette was humble, frugal, and honest, and lived by examples of faith, hard work, responsibility, and thankfulness.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 5-8:00 PM at Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton.

A Roman Catholic Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM at St. Louis Catholic Church, Lamkin St., Highgate Center. Interment will follow in the St. Louis Cemetery in Highgate.

For those who wish, contributions in Georgette’s memory may be made to the Ladies of St. Anne, St. Louis Church, c/o Betty Rainville, 4308 Morses Line Road, Franklin, VT 05457, or a charity of your choice.

Rest in peace Mama, you will be missed but never forgotten.


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