OBITUARY

Shirley M. Gauthier

September 21, 1936January 3, 2019
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Oakdale- Shirley Marie Gauthier, 82, of Velgouse Rd. passed away January 3, 2019 at her home. Shirley was born September 21, 1936 in Bronx, NY, the daughter of the late Edward and Ida (Sysma) Lukander. She was a 1954 graduate of Norwich Free Academy. She loved to travel all over, taking spontaneous trips to the mountains and had fulfilled her dream to going to Alaska in 2009. She would regularly have a girl’s night out with her close girlfriends and daughters. Shirley is survived by her daughters Mary Kripps of Uncasville, and Kathleen Vega of Oakdale, sons Joseph Gauthier of Uncasville, Robert Mosier Jr. of Norwich, Robert Gauthier of Niantic, Edward Gauthier of Norwich, by her “adopted son” Bruce Gorman of Wethersfield, sisters Ruth Deforge of CA, Jeannie Casali of New Mexico, brother Edward Lukander of Ohio, by her special friend Noreen McGuire of Uncasville and by her lifelong friend of over 70 years Elva Bray of Griswold. She was predeceased by her 2 husbands Irving Gauthier in 2008 and Robert Mosier in 2003, by her granddaughter Samantha Gauthier, sister Lillian Grise, by her infant brother Edward Lukander Jr., and by her brother William Lukander. Calling hours will be held at the Church and Allen Funeral Home in Norwich on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 4 to 8 pm. Burial will be private for the family. To leave a message of condolence for Shirley’s family, please visit her memorial at www.churchandallen.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of her granddaughter Samantha Gauthier, may be made to the Tomorrow Fund at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, 593 Eddy St., Providence RI 02903. The Church and Allen Funeral Home, is assisting with arrangements.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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Shirley M. Gauthier

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Debbie Phifer

January 20, 2019

Aunt Shirley came to Beaumont to stay with us for a short time. I think she was a teenager then. You could easily tell she and Mom were sisters. I think all of Mom's siblings (except Aunt Lil) stayed with us for short periods of time. I made a point of taking my daughters to meet each of Mom's brothers and sisters. The last time I saw Aunt Shirley was when my girls were probably 10 and 6. We met up at Moosup Pond. I am glad Aunt Shirley's suffering is over. My condolences to the family, my cousins.

Brian De Forge

January 19, 2019

I only remember seeing Aunt Shirley on e when she visited us on Beaumont, California. I remember how upbeat,happy & loving she was to all of us. I also remember how much she and my mom Ruth, looked alike. Prayers & peace go out to the Gauthier family.

cindy deforge-felton

January 16, 2019

My husband and I shared a wonderful dinner with Aunt Shirley and Eddie, when they came up to Alaska in 2009. I learned so much about Aunt Shirley, and the family. She talked about Gramma and Grampa, and all the kids. She was a lovely woman. I'm thankful for that brief encounter. God bless and keep her.

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