OBITUARY

Claire Yvonne Tardif

September 10, 1932April 7, 2019

LEWISTON: Mrs. Claire Yvonne Tardif, 86, wife of Dr. Lionel Tardif, died on April 7 after a long illness, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Manchester, NH, a daughter of the late Arthur and Aurea Marchand, on September 10, 1932. She graduated from Ste. Marie High School in 1950 and Notre Dame Hospital School of Nursing in 1953. She married in 1955 and went to live and work at Jeffery Hale Hospital in Quebec City, Canada for four years while Dr. Tardif was pursuing his career in medicine at Laval University School of Medicine. Following completion of his training, they moved to Lewiston in 1964. Throughout her life, she demonstrated a strong faith and special devotion to Saint Martha. Claire's kindness, generosity and unconditional love were a way of life for her and extended to those around her.

Claire is survived by her husband Dr. Lionel Tardif of 63 years of Lewiston, her four children - Dr. Robert Tardif and his wife Claire of Lewiston, Sylvia Cormier and her husband Christopher of Yarmouth, Maine; Louise Goulet and her husband Marc of Lewiston; Paul Tardif, Esq. and his wife Martha of Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts; her brother Reverend Robert Marchand of Moody, Maine, her grandchildren - Sara and her husband Brian Wilson; Christine and her husband Andrew Savage, Carolyn and her husband Chris Jillette, Ted Gill and his fiancé Carolyn Young, Peter Gill, Samuel and his wife Rachel Goulet, Sophia Goulet, Andrew Tardif, Adrienne Tardif, and Amelia Tardif; her sisters-in-law Fern Marcotte, Doris Hemond and her husband Gerald of Manchester, NH, and Lucille Gendron and her husband Richard of Kingsport, Tennessee, and many special nieces, nephews and friends in Maine and New Hampshire. Claire also leaves, with gratefulness, Paula and John Stass, Pat and Ray Turcotte, Muriel Nadeau, Lyse Sasseville, Therese Goulet, Dr. Ata and Loretta Letafati, and Lana Geiger, who were so supportive throughout her life. She was predeceased by her firstborn twin boys in 1957 and her sister and brother-in-law Doris and Paul Bouthillier. She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her family and friends.

Visitation will be held at Fortin\Auburn on Wednesday April 10, 2019 from 3:30 - 6:30pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Marie's Church in Manchester, NH at a later date followed by interment with committal prayers at Mount Calvary Cemetery also in Manchester, NH.

Condolences and fond memories of Claire may be shared with her family at: www.thefortingroupauburn.com. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group \ Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn, 783-8545.

  • FAMILY

  • Claire is survived by her husband Dr. Lionel Tardif of 63 years of Lewiston, her four children - Dr. Robert Tardif and his wife Claire of Lewiston, Sylvia Cormier and her husband Christopher of Yarmouth, Maine; Louise Goulet and her husband Marc of Lewiston; Paul Tardif, Esq. and his wife Martha of Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts; her brother Reverend Robert Marchand of Moody, Maine, her grandchildren - Sara and her husband Brian Wilson; Christine and her husband Andrew Savage, Carolyn and her husband Chris Jillette, Ted Gill and his fiancé Carolyn Young, Peter Gill, Samuel and his wife Rachel Goulet, Sophia Goulet, Andrew Tardif, Adrienne Tardif, and Amelia Tardif; her sisters-in-law Fern Marcotte, Doris Hemond and her husband Gerald of Manchester, NH, and Lucille Gendron and her husband Richard of Kingsport, Tennessee, and many special nieces, nephews and friends in Maine and New Hampshire.
    Claire also leaves, with gratefulness, Paula and John Stass, Pat and Ray Turcotte, Muriel Nadeau, Lyse Sasseville, Therese Goulet, Dr. Ata and Loretta Letafati, and Lana Geiger, who were so supportive throughout her life. She was predeceased by her firstborn twin boys in 1957 and her sister and brother-in-law Doris and Paul Bouthillier. She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her family and friends.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 10, 2019
REMEMBERING

Claire Yvonne Tardif

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Stephen Gill

April 14, 2019

My deepest sympathies, and warmest thoughts to the entire family.

Alice Clifford

April 10, 2019

I am so sorry about your Mom, she was an amazing woman and I have lots of fond memories of her from when we were young. I remember one time she came to my house to try and show my mom how to french braid my hair because your mom was an expert. Unfortunately my mom did not quite catch on but I always appreciated your mom’s kindness. I hope you are able to find comfort in your memories. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Alice Clifford

Pauline (Cloutier) Philie

April 10, 2019

We are so saddened to hear of your mother's passing. Mrs. Tardif was such a special woman, always so kind and loving to all. We will always cherish the many memories we have as children when she welcomed us so warmly into your home, and the many wonderful conversations in later years as my father and I visited with her on Sherbrooke Avenue. She touched our hearts deeply with her beautiful smile and welcoming heart. Please know that we are there in spirit with all of you as you honor her today. We send our love and prayers your way and will keep you all in our hearts as you mourn the loss of this extraordinary woman.

Pauline (Cloutier), Mark Philie and the Cloutier Family

Laurence Clifford

April 10, 2019

Dear Paul and family,
I am very sorry for your loss. It has been a long time since I have seen her but I remember your mom as a warm and loving person. She always seemed happy and greeted me with a smile. I will forever associate Shebrooke Ave. with that smile. I hope time helps you all heal and leaves you with a sense of peace and the recognition that the memories of your mother will carry on forever.
Laurence

Jaynne Beaule-Hinkley

April 9, 2019

Although I really don’t know all of her family, I sure knew your mom and dad. I want to send you all of my deepest condolence! You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I was the greenhouse grower at Provencher’s, and also at Blais Flower shop. Together, your mom and dad would come each spring time to buy their flowers for their yard. These past couple of years, their wonderful friend and neighbor John would bring them. How grateful your mom was to have John in their lives! I love your parents. Your mom is truly a beautiful soul, and I am sure she is with God, and all her family she missed so much, that have passed before her. She loves her family, and her husband so much! She talked about you. I was sad to see her picture this morning in the paper, it brought tears to my eyes. God Bless all of you, her family, and her friends. I feel blessed to have known her. With Love,
Jaynne Beaule-Hinkley

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Biography

LEWISTON: Mrs. Claire Yvonne Tardif, 86, wife of Dr. Lionel Tardif, died on April 7 after a long illness, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Manchester, NH, a daughter of the late Arthur and Aurea Marchand, on September 10, 1932. She graduated from Ste. Marie High School in 1950 and Notre Dame Hospital School of Nursing in 1953. She married in 1955 and went to live and work at Jeffery Hale Hospital in Quebec City, Canada for four years while Dr. Tardif was pursuing his career in medicine at Laval University School of Medicine. Following completion of his training, they moved to Lewiston in 1964. Throughout her life, she demonstrated a strong faith and special devotion to Saint Martha. Claire's kindness, generosity and unconditional love were a way of life for her and extended to those around her.

Claire is survived by her husband Dr. Lionel Tardif of 63 years of Lewiston, her four children - Dr. Robert Tardif and his wife Claire of Lewiston, Sylvia Cormier and her husband Christopher of Yarmouth, Maine; Louise Goulet and her husband Marc of Lewiston; Paul Tardif, Esq. and his wife Martha of Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts; her brother Reverend Robert Marchand of Moody, Maine, her grandchildren - Sara and her husband Brian Wilson; Christine and her husband Andrew Savage, Carolyn and her husband Chris Jillette, Ted Gill and his fiancé Carolyn Young, Peter Gill, Samuel and his wife Rachel Goulet, Sophia Goulet, Andrew Tardif, Adrienne Tardif, and Amelia Tardif; her sisters-in-law Fern Marcotte, Doris Hemond and her husband Gerald of Manchester, NH, and Lucille Gendron and her husband Richard of Kingsport, Tennessee, and many special nieces, nephews and friends in Maine and New Hampshire. Claire also leaves, with gratefulness, Paula and John Stass, Pat and Ray Turcotte, Muriel Nadeau, Lyse Sasseville, Therese Goulet, Dr. Ata and Loretta Letafati, and Lana Geiger, who were so supportive throughout her life. She was predeceased by her firstborn twin boys in 1957 and her sister and brother-in-law Doris and Paul Bouthillier. She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her family and friends.

Visitation will be held at Fortin\Auburn on Wednesday April 10, 2019 from 3:30 - 6:30pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Marie's Church in Manchester, NH at a later date followed by interment with committal prayers at Mount Calvary Cemetery also in Manchester, NH.

Condolences and fond memories of Claire may be shared with her family at www.thefortingroupauburn.com. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group \ Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn, 783-8545.