OBITUARY

Jeannine R. St.Hilaire

March 1, 1933February 6, 2019
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Mrs. Jeannine Rita St. Hilaire, age 85, went home to be with the Lord and her beloved late husband, sisters, brothers, and parents early Wednesday morning, February 6, 2019 at the Androscoggin Hospice House. Jeannine was born to George and Ida Labonte (Laliberte) in Lewiston, Maine on March 1, 1933. She spent much of her young life helping to raise her many nieces and nephews, as she was the youngest of nine children. She graduated from St. Peter’s Elementary school and completed one year at St.Dominic Regional High School before leaving to take care of her many nieces and nephews. Besides being devoted to her family, Jeannine worked at a diner in her teens as well as the Bates Mill.

Jeannine married the love of her life, William R. “Pete” St. Hilaire, on June 29, 1953. The love that this couple shared was truly rare and inspiring to all of those who were able to witness it. Together, they owned Curtis Pharmacy in Hallowell, where Pete practiced as a pharmacist. Following the birth of their four children, Jeannine was a homemaker for much of her life, a strong woman who fiercely loved and cared for all of her family. Sadly, Pete passed away unexpectedly on March 15, 1994, leaving Jeannine a widow at the age of 61.

Jeannine was an extremely active and devout member of Holy Family Parish in Lewiston since 1964. She served as a Eucharistic minister at the parish while also bringing communion to shut-ins at their homes; a proud member of the Ladies of St. Ann Sodality (she was named Sodalist of the Year 2004-2005); designated “Sunshine Girl” who sent cards to ill members of the church who were in hospitals or at home, while also being responsible for orchestrating a Mass at the parish for every deceased member.

Jeannine was a sports enthusiast, very often found at the ice rink watching sons, Mike and Dan, play ice hockey. Jeannine was always present for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren’s endeavors, whether that be on the playing fields, ice rinks or on stage in a theater. There was never an event that she would willingly miss, always acting as the biggest fan for all of her beloved family. She was the matriarch of her entire family, always the first one to start the phone chain with important news that needed to be shared- and she made sure that it was shared fast!

Jeannine worked selflessly for her family, extended family, and her church for the entirety of her life. Known fondly as “Memere” by her nine grandchildren, she spent every summer babysitting her grandkids and even great-grandchildren and the school year bringing them back and forth to school every day.

Jeannine is loved and survived by her four children; Linda and husband Donald Cooper of Buckfield, Dan and wife Pauline St.Hilaire of Coral Springs, Florida, Tina and husband Dirk DeHaan of Lewiston, and Mike and wife Sue St.Hilaire of Lewiston. Jeannine adored her nine grandchildren who lovingly referred to her as Memere, and whose lives she was a part of from the day that they all were born. She will be sadly missed by grandchildren Nick, Ben, Tracy, Krista, Zack, Kristofer, Heidi, Bethany, and Bobby. Memere also took pride in her great-grandchildren: Jayse, Jorden, Ava, Addison, Tyler, Lyla, Liliana, Alexa, and Wallace. Jeannine is also survived by many special nieces, nephews and cousins who all held a very special place in her heart. Jeannine was predeceased by her loving husband, Pete; sisters Marcelle, Yvonne, Lucille, Annette and Jeannette; brothers Dominic and Robert; special sister-in-law’s Georgette Sinclair and Yvette Greek; brother-in-law George St.Hilaire, as well as many special friends and family members whom Jeannine held fondly in her heart. Jeannine was fiercely protective of her family and was passionate about everything that she did in her life. She will be very sadly missed and remembered.

“A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.” We love you mom (Memere/Great-Mere).

The family wishes to thank the incredible staff at the Androscoggin Hospice House for the outstanding, compassionate care that they showed Jeannine during the last week of her life.

Visitation will be held at The Fortin Group Funeral Home in Auburn on Sunday from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Church in Lewiston. Committal Services will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lewiston. You are invited to offer your condolences and share fond memories with the family by visiting Jeannine’s guestbook at www.thefortingroupauburn.com. A Service of The Fortin Group/Plummer Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation, and Monument Services, 217 Turner St., Auburn, Maine 04210. 783-8545

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  • Jeannine is loved and survived by her four children; Linda and husband Donald Cooper of Buckfield, Dan and wife Pauline St.Hilaire of Coral Springs, Florida, Tina and husband Dirk DeHaan of Lewiston, and Mike and wife Sue St.Hilaire of Lewiston. Jeannine adored her nine grandchildren who lovingly referred to her as Memere, and whose lives she was a part of from the day that they all were born. She will be sadly missed by grandchildren Nick, Ben, Tracy, Krista, Zack, Kristofer, Heidi, Bethany, and Bobby. Memere also took pride in her great-grandchildren: Jayse, Jorden, Ava, Addison, Tyler, Lyla, Liliana, Alexa, and Wallace. Jeannine is also survived by many special nieces, nephews and cousins who all held a very special place in her heart. Jeannine was predeceased by her loving husband, Pete; sisters Marcelle, Yvonne, Lucille, Annette and Jeannette; brothers Dominic and Robert; special sister-in-law’s Georgette Sinclair and Yvette Greek; brother-in-law George St.Hilaire, as well as many special friends and family members whom Jeannine held fondly in her heart.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 10, 2019
  • A Mass of Christian Burial Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, February 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

Jeannine R. St.Hilaire

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Patsy Anacki

February 12, 2019

My favorite memory of Aunt Jeannine and Uncle Pete is one that I shared at his funeral and I am happy to share it again. My husband and I hosted a huge family reunion at our home in NH. It was a warm summer day and everyone was running around the back yard, jumping in the lake, eating hot dogs and burgers and having fun. I was standing on the deck taking pictures when I noticed Matante doing what came naturally for her, trying to rein in the kids and have some sense of order. Uncle Pete was sitting under the trees watching her and smiling. After all these married years, he obviously still loved her dearly, and was so very proud of her. That special moment has always stayed in my heart, now more than ever. Knowing that they are together again makes me smile. See you on the other side Matante. I love you and I know you and Pete, along with my mom and Yvette as well as all of our loved ones are watching over us.

Jim Delamater

February 9, 2019

Jean and I were blessed, recently, to spend some time with "Aunt Jeannine" and, as such, we got to thank her for all her loving and prayerful support. I reminded her of the many times she led her family in prayer whether at funerals, weddings or any formal gathering. I recall, growing up, being in "awe" of her deep rooted faith in our Lord Jesus and the impact she had on everyone she touched. Best of all, I got to thank her for her "smile" which left everyone who met her in a better mood. My mother, Yvonne, Jeannine's sister, used to tell us often about the need to "hug our memories" and we are blessed to have many memories of "Aunt Jeannine" and therefore, she will always be with us and ever present in our minds. God Bless this amazing lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Jane Bernier

February 8, 2019

So many fond memories of my neighbor Mrs. St. Hilaire as I was growing up. I spent oodles of hours at her house with the kids, who to me were my sisters and brothers in many ways. She was always so giving and caring and sharing. Some of our greatest times were all piling into the her station wagon and waiting in there for sometimes an hour until she would come out and then she would drive us all to the beach. It was always worth the wait. We learned so much about each other. She loved swimming and joined right in with us. I took many a long ride with her delivering medicine in the evening and I so remember sitting in her station wagon with the electric seat up real close to the dash and we would just talk and deliver the medicine to all the people. Little things come to mind also, like how much she liked cantaloupe and I couldn't understand why. I loved her, although I didn't see much of her after I married, but always kept in touch with the kids, and even more now. I sang weddings and now am honored to be singing at her funeral. Keeping her memory close to my heart!! Rest in Peace Mrs. St. Hilaire.

Doreen Gagne

February 8, 2019

To Linda and your entire family,
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom, Jeannine. She was definitely a strong, loving person, and was always there for your family. I can still hear her laugh and see her smile when she would walk into my office at Holy Family where she volunteered as a Eucharistic Minister to the sick. I never saw her not smiling, and Linda you are so much like her!! She will be missed for sure by so many people who knew her in one way or another.
I will not be able to attend the service or mass but I wanted to send a hug to all of you, especially Linda as she and I went to school together. I will be thinking of you...God bless.

John Marquis

February 8, 2019

Aunt Jeannie was kind enough to take me into her house as a young boy during some family issues and gave me housing, food and most of all Love. You will be remembered during the rest of my life on this planet. Thank you Aunt Jeannie, love John

Amy Stevens

February 8, 2019

My funniest time with Memere was when Tracy and I were about sixteen years old. I had this thing where I’d open Tracy’s window and talk to her from her driveway. One night, I was in for a real surprise. As I thought I was being sneaky and opening her window to scare her late at night..... it was Memere, curlers in hair and all. I’m not sure who was more scared that night but it ended in a lot of screaming and then laughing.
I will forever keep her in my heart. I’ll never forget that wonderful smile or how her eyes sparkled as she spent time with her loved one. Love to the entire family.

Tina Cooper Tourin

February 8, 2019

I send my deepest condolences to Memere's family. My mother, Ruth (Donny's mother) felt very close to Memere. She enjoyed her company so much. I will be thinking of you all as you go through this sacred time. Love, Tina

Anne Lafontaine

February 7, 2019

The funniest memory was when Norm and I went to visit her on Emile St. and she just got a computer, she was so frustrated, wanted to throw it out the window, like Uncle Pete would say , don’t mess with those Labonte women.😄

Diane Desenberg

February 7, 2019

Aunt Jennine always remembered our birthdays. We could always count on getting a card in the mail. ALso for a long while she would get each of her nieces and nephews a Christmas gift. She was jovial, fun loving and she made each and everyone feel special. We will miss her for all that and most of all her kind spirit. Finally, she is having a ball with her family in Heaven.

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Biography

Mrs. Jeannine Rita St. Hilaire, age 85, went home to be with the Lord and her beloved late husband, sisters, brothers, and parents early Wednesday morning, February 6, 2019 at the Androscoggin Hospice House. Jeannine was born to George and Ida Labonte (Laliberte) in Lewiston, Maine on March 1, 1933. She spent much of her young life helping to raise her many nieces and nephews, as she was the youngest of nine children. She graduated from St. Peter’s Elementary school and completed one year at St.Dominic Regional High school before leaving to take care of her many nieces and nephews. Besides being devoted to her family, Jeannine worked at a diner in her teens as well as the Bates Mill.

Jeannine married the love of her life, William R. “Pete” St. Hilaire, on June 29, 1953. The love that this couple shared was truly rare and inspiring to all of those who were able to witness it. Together, they owned Curtis Pharmacy in Hallowell, where Pete practiced as a pharmacist. Following the birth of their four children, Jeannine was a homemaker for much of her life, a strong woman who fiercely loved and cared for all of her family. Sadly, Pete passed away unexpectedly on March 15, 1994, leaving Jeannine a widow at the age of 61.

Jeannine was an extremely active and devout member of Holy Family Parish in Lewiston since 1964. She served as a Eucharistic minister at the parish while also bringing communion to shut-ins at their homes; a proud member of the Ladies of St. Ann Sodality (she was named Sodalist of the Year 2004-2005); designated “Sunshine Girl” who sent cards to ill members of the church who were in hospitals or at home, while also being responsible for orchestrating a Mass at the parish for every deceased member.

Jeannine was a sports enthusiast, very often found at the ice rink watching sons, Mike and Dan, play ice hockey. Jeannine was always present for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren’s endeavors, whether that be on the playing fields, ice rinks or on stage in a theater. There was never an event that she would willingly miss, always acting as the biggest fan for all of her beloved family. She was the matriarch of her entire family, always the first one to start the phone chain with important news that needed to be shared- and she made sure that it was shared fast!

Jeannine worked selflessly for her family, extended family, and her church for the entirety of her life. Known fondly as “Memere” by her nine grandchildren, she spent every summer babysitting her grandkids and even great-grandchildren and the school year bringing them back and forth to school every day.

Jeannine is loved and survived by her four children; Linda and husband Donald Cooper of Buckfield, Dan and wife Pauline St.Hilaire of Coral Springs, Florida, Tina and husband Dirk DeHaan of Lewiston, and Mike and wife Sue St.Hilaire of Lewiston. Jeannine adored her nine grandchildren who lovingly referred to her as Memere, and whose lives she was a part of from the day that they all were born. She will be sadly missed by grandchildren Nick, Ben, Tracy, Krista, Zack, Kristofer, Heidi, Bethany, and Bobby. Memere also took pride in her great-grandchildren: Jayse, Jorden, Ava, Addison, Tyler, Lyla, Liliana, Alexa, and Wallace. Jeannine is also survived by many special nieces, nephews and cousins who all held a very special place in her heart. Jeannine was predeceased by her loving husband, Pete; sisters Marcelle, Yvonne, Lucille, Annette and Jeannette; brothers Dominic and Robert; special sister-in-law’s Georgette Sinclair and Yvette Greek; brother-in-law George St.Hilaire, as well as many special friends and family members whom Jeannine held fondly in her heart. Jeannine was fiercely protective of her family and was passionate about everything that she did in her life. She will be very sadly missed and remembered.

“A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.” We love you mom (Memere/Great-Mere).

The family wishes to thank the incredible staff at the Androscoggin Hospice House for the outstanding, compassionate care that they showed Jeannine during the last week of her life.

Visitation will be held at The Fortin Group Funeral Home in Auburn on Sunday from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Church in Lewiston. Committal Services will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lewiston. You are invited to offer your condolences and share fond memories with the family by visiting Jeannine’s guestbook at www.thefortingroupauburn.com. A Service of The Fortin Group/Plummer Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation, and Monument Services, 217 Turner St., Auburn, Maine 04210. 783-8545