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Zis-Sweeney and St. Laurent Funeral Home

26 Kinsley Street, Nashua, NH

OBITUARY

Rita Jean Depontbriand

October 23, 1926January 19, 2020

Rita Jean Depontbriand, 93, of Nashua passed away on Sunday January 19, 2020. Born on October 23, 1926 in Nashua NH, she was the daughter of Alphonse and Eva (Lavoie) Beaulieu.

Rita was a lifelong resident of Nashua and parishioner of Parish of the Resurrection. She was a lover of knitting and gardening, and was a fantastic cook and exceptional baker.

She is predeceased by her beloved husband of 43 years Eugene Depontbriand, her daughter Judith Ann Depontbriand, and brothers Leo Beaulieu and Armond Beaulieu.

She is survived by her brother Albert Beaulieu of Loveland CO; son-in-law Jack Marin of Cambridge MA, cousins Denise Chamberland and her husband George of Watertown MA, and Annette Bouchard of Nashua NH; nephews and nieces Joe and Kathie Depontbriand of Litchfield NH, Gene and Diane Depontbriand of Nashua NH, Gloria and Dollard Gautreau of Dieppe, NB, CA, Norbert and Catherine Beaulieu of Lynnfield MA, Leonard and Carole Beaulieu of Twin Mountain NH, Lorraine and Jim Curtis of Stratham NH, Monica and Lou Maricheau of Erie CO, Drew and Karla Beaulieu of Windsor, Co, David and Cheryl Beaulieu of Milford NH, Darcy and Bill Atkinson of Newport News, Dianne and Emmet Clifford of Dunstable MA, and Bret Miller of Dunstable MA. Her good friends Fran O’Sullivan of Hollis NH, Mark Wheatley of Nashua NH, the staff at Seniors Helping Seniors, the parishioners of Church of the Resurrection, and many friends and family.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday January 23, 2020 from 3-7pm at the Zis-Sweeney & St. Laurent Funeral Home, 26 Kinsley St. Nashua. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Friday January 24, 2020 at Parish of the Resurrection, 449 Broad St, Nashua NH, with a burial immediately following at St. Patrick Cemetery in Hudson NH.

In lieu flowers, donations can be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Services

  • Calling Hours Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Committal Service Friday, January 24, 2020

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Robert Bergeron

January 22, 2020

Joe and Kathie,
Please accept our condolences to you and your family.

Bob and Janet Bergeron

Andrea Smith

January 20, 2020

My tribute is a story of my Great-Aunt Rita. She was quite the woman in her youth. She once told me & my son Dimitri a story of when she was planning her wedding. She had gone to the symphony in Boston and fell in love with the music of one of the violinist. She asked her father if he could get him to play at her wedding. She admitted she had no idea how expensive this would be but having a doting father, he said yes without hesitation. The violinist also agreed. A few weeks before her wedding the violinist asked to visit the catholic church where she’d be married to get an idea of the acoustics & figure out where he’d set up to perform. They went to the church together & she introduced the violinist, who had a Jewish surname, to the priest. The priest immediately said that he could not perform in the church because he was Jewish. Aunt Rita said she was shocked that a man of God would say such a thing, especially not long after the holocaust. So this young female risked her wedding day and boldly told that man in a high social position that she was ashamed of him, that God loves all of his children equally & that he had no right to decide who was welcome or not in God’s house. Surprisingly, the priest apologized to Aunt Rita & to the violinist & was gracious for the correction. When it came time to pay the violinist, he told her father to keep the payment as a wedding gift to Rita. He was so touched by her strength and kindness that it was a honor to play for her. I think about that era & how a young woman’s opinion was not held very high. It’s people like Aunt Rita that pushed back & opened eyes to change that was & is still needed.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY