Catherine "Kay" M. Larochelle
FARMINGTON -- Catherine "Kay" M. Larochelle, 93, a resident of the Sandy River Center for Healthcare and Rehabilitation for the last three years, formerly of Jay, died on April 6, 2013 at Franklin Memorial Hospital with family by her side.
She was born Feb. 28, 1920 in Rogersville, N.B., Canada, the 13th of 14 children born to parents Placide and Marie (Bourque) Doiron. In 1926, the family immigrated to Chisholm. Kay was educated in the Jay schools and graduated from Jay High School.
On July 12, 1941, she married Harvey Larochelle at St. Rose of Lima Church, Jay. Harvey predeceased her on July 2, 1969.
In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, Kay worked outside of the home at Deshaie’s Market in Chisholm and she was also a baby sitter fo the Deshaie children. She later was employed at the Winthrop Woolen Mill and for many years at the Livermore Falls Shoe Company. She eventually went to work in the Otis Mill and was a bartender at the Frank L. Mitchell V. F. W. Post #3335, Jay.
She was an active member of the Jay-Livermore Falls community for many years. She was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church, Jay and supported the efforts of her faith community humbly and honorably. She was a 50-year member and past president of the Frank L. Mitchell VFW Auxiliary #10, volunteered routinely as a ballot clerk at the polls; and was a former member of the Jay-Livermore Falls Senior Citizens group.
She was an avid cribbage player and always had a sharp mind and quick wit. She was a spontaneous, energetic woman with a strong will and faith. Her thoughtfulness and generous nature endeared her to family and many friends, whom she thought of as family; the Deane Family, Sporty and Sarah Knapp and Holly LaPointe.
Kay is loved by her two daughters, Suzanne Litalien and her husband, David of Mexico; Patricia Larochelle “Patty”, of the Rumford Community Home; one brother, Patrick Doiron of Brunswick; two granddaughters, Debra Towle and her husband, John “Chip” Towle of Dixfield, and Darcy Richard and her husband, Jason, of Rumford; three great-grandchildren, Hillary Dolloff, Brooke Dolloff and Corbin Arsenault; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by an infant son, Roger; and siblings, Mathias, Arthur, Ernest, Clarence, Edmond, Joseph, Gerard, Frank, and Henry Doiron and Claudia Doiron, Agnes Hachey, and Jeanne “Joan” Knapp.
A Memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday from St. Rose of Lima Church, Main Street, Jay, with Rev. Thomas Lequin officiating. Following mass, all are welcome to attend a family reception at the church Parish Hall. Remembrance gifts may be given to the Pine Tree Camp (for Handicapped Children and Adults) 14 Pine Tree Camp Rome, ME 04963-3003. Private family committal services will be held later in the spring at Holy Cross Cemetery, Livermore Falls.