Constance Bernadette Baillargeon
March 3, 1934 – November 15, 2020
Westbrook, ME- Constance B. Baillargeon, 86, a resident of Westbrook, passed away surrounded by her loving family on November 15, 2020 at her residence. She was born in Westbrook, a daughter of Albert and Anna (Richards) Tanguay. Coincidentally, Constance’s Mother also passed away on November 15, 2002.
Connie, as she was known by many, attended St. Hyacinth School. She met the life of her life, William Baillargeon, on a blind date on Valentine’s Day at a friend’s home in Westbrook. They were married at St. Hyacinth’s Church on November 20, 1954. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Fort Meade, Maryland to fulfill Bill’s U.S. Army orders. They returned to Maine for a short time, and then moved to Panama to again fulfill Bill’s new assignment. Again, returning to Maine for a short time, only to move to Fort Dix, New Jersey. This was the final assignment, and they returned to Gorham, Maine where they built a new house. The last move was to Westbrook at the residence where Connie passed away.
Connie was employed by the Westbrook Spinning Company, and retired from the Westbrook School Department.
Connie truly enjoyed gathering her family for special celebrations and especially on Christmas. She loved to go shopping, but would rarely buy anything for herself. “Ma”, as she was affectionately called by her children, would never leave the house without something in hand that she just happened to pick up. She would go to her special closet and would always say, “Well, I saw this, and it just looked like something you would like”. Ma was always so generous, sometimes being referred to as the ‘twenty-dollar machine’. She liked to donate to a variety of charities, and one that she particularly loved was the “Help Your Neighbor” basket at her church, St. Anthony’s (formerly known as St. Hyacinth).
Among some of Connie’s favorite past times was to spend time with her sisters at Foxwoods Casino. She cherished these special occasions and loved to share the stories of their trips with others. Connie also liked to knit, often making blankets for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Connie also was a fantastic baker and cook, and continued to cook and bake as if all of her seven children were still living at home.
Connie was the kindest, most gentle woman, and she gracefully raised her seven children without skipping a beat, even amidst the frequent military moves. She will be remembered as a loving Mother, Memere and Grande Memere, Mother-in-Law, Sister, and Sister-in-Law, and a true friend to so many. She always had a smile on her face and plenty of hugs to give. Connie was a phenomenal listener. Her door was always open and she always made the time to make you feel your best, in good times and in bad.
Connie was predeceased by her husband, William J. Baillargeon, Jr. in 2001.
She is survived by her seven children, Anna Cutter, and son-in-law, ,Douglas Cutter; Joanne Craves, and son-in-law, James Craves; Barbara Swett, and son-in-law David Swett; Theresa Begin and son-in-law Randy Begin; William Baillargeon, and daughter-in-law, Bonnie Baillargeon; Paul Baillargeon and Cecile Njangwe.
Connie is survived by her two sisters, Yvette Girouard and Margaret Palmer. She is also survived by her twenty-three grandchildren; Eric and Jason Cutter, Vanessa Verrillo, Melissa Hawkes, Sarah Swenson, Amy and Thomas Craves, Lisa Griffin, Katie and Joseph Parmenter, Brian Baillargeon, Amanda Romero, Nathan Begin, Nick and Alex Baillargeon, Matthew and Brandon Baillargeon, Jenna and Jonathan Hansen, Brianna DiFrederico, Sydney, Eli and Lucas Njangwe. Connie is also survived by her twenty-one great-grandchildren; Matilda Morin, Oliver Morsey, Brianna and Zachery Baillargeon, Ella and Cora Cutter, Maeve and Theo Cutter, Lewis Verrillo, Claire, Avery, Julia and Drew Baillargeon, Gavin and Layla Griffin, Annabelle and Kirk Swenson, Mason Baillargeon, Madelyn Maist, Viviana Varney, Alex Savage, and Ava Valeriani.
Connie is predeceased by her siblings, Theresa Mondor, Irene Trepanier, Rita Tardiff, Annette Ledoux, Maurice, Joseph, Philip, Henry, Leo, and Richard Tanguay.
Connie’s family wishes to express their great appreciation and gratitude for the extremely generous care and devotion shown to their Mother by her grand-daughter, Lisa Griffin, and niece, Christine Palmer-Fournier, during her journey of passing. And, of special note, for all the great love and unending support of her sister, Margaret Palmer.
The family also wishes to thank Hospice of Southern Maine, especially Jay and Phillip, for their great medical care and support during this extremely difficult time.
As Ma would often say, “Everyone should just be nice to each other!”
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the St. Anthony’s Parish of Westbrook’s “Help Your Neighbor Basket”. Due to current capacity COVID limitations, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church. Burial will follow at St. Hyacinth’s Cemetery.
- Albert Tanguay, Father (deceased)
- Anna (Richards) Tanguay, Mother
- William J. Baillargeon, Jr, Husband (deceased)
- Anna Cutter (Douglas Cutter), Daughter
- Joanne Craves (James Craves), Daughter
- Barbara Swett (David Swett), Daughter
- Theresa Begin (Randy Begin), Daughter
- William Baillargeon (Bonnie Baillargeon), Son
- Paul Baillargeon, Son
- Cecile Njangwe, Daughter
- Yvette Girouard, Sister
- Margaret Palmer, Sister
- Theresa Mondor, Sister (deceased)
- Irene Trepanier, Sister (deceased)
- Rita Tardiff, Sister (deceased)
- Annette Ledoux, Sister (deceased)
- Maurice Tanguay, Brother (deceased)
- Joseph Tanguay, Brother (deceased)
- Philip Tanguay, Brother (deceased)
- Henry Tanguay, Brother (deceased)
- Leo Tanguay, Brother (deceased)
- Richard Tanguay, Brother (deceased)
- She is also survived by her twenty-three grandchildren; Eric and Jason Cutter, Vanessa Verrillo, Melissa Hawkes, Sarah Swenson, Amy and Thomas Craves, Lisa Griffin, Katie and Joseph Parmenter, Brian Baillargeon, Amanda Romero, Nathan Begin, Nick and Alex Baillargeon, Matthew and Brandon Baillargeon, Jenna and Jonathan Hansen, Brianna DiFrederico, Sydney, Eli and Lucas Njangwe. Connie is also survived by her twenty-one great-grandchildren; Matilda Morin, Oliver Morsey, Brianna and Zachery Baillargeon, Ella and Cora Cutter, Maeve and Theo Cutter, Lewis Verrillo, Claire, Avery, Julia and Drew Baillargeon, Gavin and Layla Griffin, Annabelle and Kirk Swenson, Mason Baillargeon, Madelyn Maist, Viviana Varney, Alex Savage, and Ava Valeriani.
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Private Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Constance Bernadette Baillargeon
November 21, 2020
You were the kindest, sweetest, and most caring person ever. You showed all of us the meaning and value of being kind and having compassion for everyone you meet.
We love you very much, you will be missed dearly, rest easy in heaven Memere.
Nick, Jen, Claire, Avery, Julia, and Drew
November 17, 2020
Your Mom Loved Jesus and now is in Paradise with Him. A few times we had bible studies and she loved hearing the good news. She always made me feel welcome and comfortable. She was a great woman. God speed ahead.
November 17, 2020
I will love and miss you forever Memere
Kristine LaPierre Lucier
November 16, 2020
My deepest sympathy to all of Connie's children and family. Connie was the kindest, sweetest and most genuine woman I have ever known. Your mother was a gift to anyone who ever met her. I hope you find comfort in your beautiful memories of her during this difficult time.
I was blessed to meet your mother when I was only 16 years old and she welcomed me into her family with loving arms. I have the most wonderful memories with her that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Rest in peace dear sweet Connie. I love you.