Pauline M. Nadeau

December 6, 1926March 11, 2021

Pauline Nadeau, 94, of East Hartford, passed away peacefully, leaving behind Fernand, her devoted husband of 73 years. Pauline was born in Drummondville, P Quebec, Canada. She was a devout Catholic and member of St. Mary's Church, now North American Martyrs Church in East Hartford, CT.

Pauline's family was the center of her life. She was the ultimate homemaker, who gave all of her time to her family, creating wonderful recipes, gardening, oil painting, and sewing. From an early age, she was very creative and loved to design and sew clothes including her own beautiful wedding gown. Pauline always counted her blessings and was thankful for life’s simplest pleasures of family, friends, and neighbors.

Pauline enjoyed spending weekends and vacations in Vermont where the family built a vacation home. She loved gathering with family from Canada, entertaining friends, and making maple syrup. Pauline also worked outside of the home at Capewell Industries in Hartford for 14 years.

Pauline leaves behind her four children, Colette Olexa and husband John, of Amherst, NH, Jocelyne Frazier and husband Daniel, of Glastonbury, CT, Jean Luc Nadeau and partner Karen Gagliardi of Newington, CT, Denis Nadeau and wife Peggy, of Manchester, CT. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren, Eric Frazier (Atiyah), Kristen Sweeney (Brian), Jonathan Olexa, Matthew Olexa, Melissa Quinton (Edmond), Nicole Nadeau (Shawn), Danielle Hulse (Chris), Chelsea Corthouts (Alan), as well as twelve great grandchildren.

The family would like to acknowledge the kindness of wonderful neighbors, Marva and Tony Gilkes, Marisol Acevedo, Eddy Rodriguez, and so many lifelong friends including Yolande and Conrad Mathieu, Annette and Sylvia St. Jean, who visited and offered so much support as well as all the many generous caregivers of Athena Hospice Care, Mariluz Bonilla and Noraliz Kart of Abuelos Care, and Tina Zwick, who are all true angels.

Calling hours are 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at BJ Callahan Funeral Home 318 Burnside Avenue, East Hartford, CT. 06108 followed by a Mass at St. Mary’s-North American Martyrs Church, 15 Maplewood Avenue, East Hartford, CT, 06108 at 11:00 a.m. Face Mask and proper social distancing will be observed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's Church-North American Martyrs Parish, 15 Maplewood Avenue, East Hartford, CT 06108, or any charity of your choice. To sign the online guestbook go to


  • Calling Hours

    Saturday, March 20, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, March 20, 2021


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Marcella Timpson

April 19, 2021

So sorry to learn of Paulines passing. A beautiful woman with a kind, loving husband and family. My condolences to Fernand.

Marisol Acevedo

March 19, 2021

My dear Pauline, you had the biggest smile on the world. You brightens every ones life with your love. Your spirit is free and I know your smiling from heaven and your spirit will be alive in our hearts. My condolences to your wonderful and amazing family. God Blessed! ❤️

Alfred Bruzik

March 18, 2021