OBITUARY

Marie Dube Larochelle

August 28, 1928May 4, 2018

In the small hours of Friday, May 4, and while under the loving watch of family members, Marie Larochelle of Lewiston breathed her last. She was 92. Born on August 28, 1925, in the farming community of Van Buren, Maine, Marie was the daughter of Joseph and Maggie (Sirois) Dubay and stepmother Winnie (Madore) Dubay. She was one of 11 children, the last to pass. In 1941, she moved to Lewiston, joining an elder sister here, and worked in a local shoe shop for several years. In 1943, she married Roland Larochelle, a Lewiston native who owned and operated Victor’s Market on Main Street until well into the 1970s. From the mid-1940’s to the mid-1950’s she dedicated herself solely to homemaking, raising two daughters and two sons. She then re-entered the work force, running Marie’s Restaurant, an establishment many readers will fondly recall, located just a few doors from Victor’s. After a good many years there, she retired. (The restaurant was later owned and operated by her younger son Daniel, who renamed it Carrie’s Restaurant after his daughter.) Both outwardly and inwardly, Marie was a beautiful woman, the most endearing person you would ever want to meet. Refined and tasteful in appearance, she was also a sweet-tempered, gracious, warm, thoughtful, patient, self-sacrificing, hard-working, and generous person. As all who knew her could readily attest, she had a glow about her, a glow happily preserved in photos taken from the springtime to the winter of her years. If there is such a place as Heaven, as she believed there is, then she is surely there. A special, heartfelt tribute goes out to the people of Beacon Hospice, especially Marie’s immediate caregivers, Sonia Clark and Molly Mahn. Awesome is the only word for those two women. Marie is survived by daughters Rachel Olds of Lewiston, and Carol, wife of Ray Bilodeau, of Auburn; sons William of Lewiston, and Daniel and his wife Liberty of Valley View, South Australia; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years; her longstanding companion in the years following, Reginald "Babe" Melanson; sisters Lillian Laplante, Cecile Narvick, Therese Levesque, Bernadette Glover, Patricia Madore, Carlene Daines, and Solange Dubay; brothers Robert, Lorne, and Cecil; and her first grandchildren, Michael and Michelle Olds. You are invited to offer your condolences and share fond memories with the family by visiting Marie's guestbook at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com.

Committal services will be held at St. Peter's Cemetery in Lewiston on Thursday May 10 at 2:00 PM in the small chapel. A Service of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services, 70 Horton St., Lewiston, Maine 04240. 784-4584.

  • FAMILY

  • Marie is survived by daughters Rachel Olds of Lewiston, and Carol, wife of Ray Bilodeau, of Auburn; sons William of Lewiston, and Daniel and his wife Liberty of Valley View, South Australia; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years; her longstanding companion in the years following, Reginald "Babe" Melanson; sisters Lillian Laplante, Cecile Narvick, Therese Levesque, Bernadette Glover, Patricia Madore, Carlene Daines, and Solange Dubay; brothers Robert, Lorne, and Cecil; and her first grandchildren, Michael and Michelle Olds.

Services

  • ommittal Thursday, May 10, 2018
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Marie Dube Larochelle

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Gary Nauyokas

May 10, 2018

Marie was a very good waitness who worked for my grandmother Juliette filteau in her catering business.Marie always had a lot of class and a well
Dress lady and always taking care of her family.RIP Marie you will be miss Gary Nauyokas

Claudette Vallee

May 9, 2018

My deepest condolences on the passing of your Mom,. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, especially Rachel and Carol.......

Pamela ( Dumond ) Punch

May 9, 2018

Dear Bill, Dan & Family,
I am so very sorry to hear that your Mom has passed. Marie was always so warm, friendly, and very beautiful. Her eyes were always full of life. Bill, I am sure you remember how we laughed at the way your mom would talk on the phone. She would always reply with ( qui, qui, qui, ) ah qui. I still have the table I bought from her for my first apartment. I am sure the lord was waiting with open arms. May she rest in peace.

Love to all
God bless you
Pam Dumond Punch

Melanie Bolduc

May 9, 2018

I've known Mrs. Larochelle for a very long time. She was a wonderful woman. She always had a place for me at the kitchen table when I came to collect the rent. Half the time I didn't even show up on the first, the joke was..."Hey, Mom the slum lord is here". She and Bill were much more than tenants. I will miss her.

Madeleine Dupre

May 9, 2018

My deepest Sympathies to the Larochelle family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

God Bless!

Madeleine N Dupré

FROM THE FAMILY