OBITUARY

Dorothy M. Turmelle

October 25, 1930November 22, 2018
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Dorothy Turmelle, 88

Waterville - Dorothy M. Turmelle, 88, of Waterville, passed away at home on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on October 25, 1930, in St. Come, P.Q., Canada, the daughter of the late Lucien and Aurore (Poulin) Routhier of Waterville. She attended Waterville schools and on February 23, 1952, she married Robert Turmelle.

Dorothy was a homemaker most of her married life and she enjoyed many activities. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother for five years at Sacred Heart Parish. She was a member of the Bourque-Lanigan American Legion Post #5 Auxiliary and she became the Historian in 1990 and the first Vice President in 1991. Dorothy was also an active member of the Sacred Heart Church and had served on the parish council for many years. She was a member and previous President of the Children of Mary of Notre Dame, the Rosary Sodality of the Sacred Heart Parish, and the Columbus Guild Interparochial.

She was a member of the Maine Diocesan Council of the Catholic Women and was the Second Vice President from 1991-1992, First Vice President from 1993-1994, and President from 1995-1997. She was also President of the Waterville District of the MDCCW. For many years, she was active in Waterville politics. She was a Ward #2 Clerk for twelve years, a Ward #2 Chairperson, and the Secretary for the city’s Democratic Committee.

Dorothy was a loving mother, wife, and friend to many and she will be sadly missed. Survivors include her seven children: Michele Nye and family; Marcel and Tonya Turmelle and family; Juliette Turmelle; Robert and Debbie Turmelle and family; Arthur and Constance Turmelle and family; Gerard Turmelle and family; John and Lourdes Turmelle and family; her brother Arthur Routhier; her sister Denise Mulholland; her sister-in-law Florida Routhier; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Robert in 2000; her sister Gabrielle and her husband Robert Marcoux and her brother Gerard Routhier.

Friends and relatives may call from 4 – 7 pm on Friday November 30, 2018 at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday December 1, 2018 at 9:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 72 Pleasant St., Waterville. Interment will be at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta the following week. Please visit www.veilleuxfunerealhome.com to view a video collage of Dorothy’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

In honor of Dorothy’s memory, please send donations to: St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, 200 Wilson Circle, Boulder City, Nevada 89005.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visiting Hours Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, December 1, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial - Spring 2019
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Paula Gaines

November 26, 2018

We are continuing to pray for all of you. I know this is a hard time and we love you so much! She sounds like such a special and kind woman. I am sure she will always be missed. Remember the good and joyful times!
Love, Ray and Paula Gaines

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Biography

Dorothy Turmelle, 88

Waterville - Dorothy M. Turmelle, 88, of Waterville, passed away at home on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on October 25, 1930, in St. Come, P.Q., Canada, the daughter of the late Lucien and Aurore (Poulin) Routhier of Waterville. She attended Waterville schools and on February 23, 1952, she married Robert Turmelle.

Dorothy was a homemaker most of her married life and she enjoyed many activities. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother for five years at Sacred Heart Parish. She was a member of the Bourque-Lanigan American Legion Post #5 Auxiliary and she became the Historian in 1990 and the first Vice President in 1991. Dorothy was also an active member of the Sacred Heart Church and had served on the parish council for many years. She was a member and previous President of the Children of Mary of Notre Dame, the Rosary Sodality of the Sacred Heart Parish, and the Columbus Guild Interparochial.

She was a member of the Maine Diocesan Council of the Catholic Women and was the Second Vice President from 1991-1992, First Vice President from 1993-1994, and President from 1995-1997. She was also President of the Waterville District of the MDCCW. For many years, she was active in Waterville politics. She was a Ward #2 Clerk for twelve years, a Ward #2 Chairperson, and the Secretary for the city’s Democratic Committee.

Dorothy was a loving mother, wife, and friend to many and she will be sadly missed. Survivors include her seven children: Michele Nye and family; Marcel and Tonya Turmelle and family; Juliette Turmelle; Robert and Debbie Turmelle and family; Arthur and Constance Turmelle and family; Gerard Turmelle and family; John and Lourdes Turmelle and family; her brother Arthur Routhier; her sister Denise Mulholland; her sister-in-law Florida Routhier; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Robert in 2000; her sister Gabrielle and her husband Robert Marcoux and her brother Gerard Routhier.

Friends and relatives may call from 4 – 7 pm on Friday November 30, 2018 at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday December 1, 2018 at 9:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 72 Pleasant St., Waterville. Interment will be at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta the following week. Please visit www.veilleuxfunerealhome.com to view a video collage of Dorothy’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

In honor of Dorothy’s memory, please send donations to: St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, 200 Wilson Circle, Boulder City, Nevada 89005.

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The following words of remembrance were given at Dorothy's funeral Mass by her son Arthur on Saturday December 1, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church:

I’m Free and at Peace

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you for being here to share in our moms celebration of life together with us. Most of you know me, I’m Arthur, My mothers5th child. Mom had 7 children, 18 grand children and 20 great grand children. It’s been 19 years since I have stood here before a lot of you in this church speaking to you about our fathers passing and again, our hearts are broken with our mom passing. After crying a thousand tears, I stand before you to talk about a wonderful lady……. Our mother.
As I sat down and put pen to paper, my thoughts were what would she want us to say about her life? Every life has a story. It’s hard to put a person’s life into a short story. So lets get to know her again. We’re sure these sentiments are shared by many of you.
The circle of life……..we all have one. Some are short and others are long. We thank God for having her in our lives as long as we did…… 88 years old…… she never thought she would make it to be that old and she wore it well, and to think she still has an aunt Estelle who recently turned 102. She touched the lives of several people on her journey through life.
Our mom was many things to a lot of people. Many of you had a special bond with her. Mom understood a lot of things in life. With age comes wisdom. She knew that sometimes people were so busy adding up their troubles that they forget to count their blessings. She realized that life is a gift. She also knew that the most valuable gift we can give to one another is to set a good example. Her passage through her long life was quite a ride with few regrets.





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Some of the memories that made her smile are….

• She loved every one of her visits, phone calls, and cards from her family and friends over the years. It brought her great joy.
• Mom loved her home and was perfectly content. The home she lived in for so long was built in 1878 and has always been owned within our family. At the time our mom and dad moved into our family home in 1954, mom was the youngster on the block and she ended up being the grandmother of the neighborhood. She also LOVED…. a clean house…right Michele. Michele would often help mom clean a clean house.
• She loved her mom & dads camp on North Pond. Our aunts, uncles and cousins have fond memories of time spent at camp together.
• And she loved to laugh! Oh, did she like our jokes! We would often tease her of how old she was getting. A few jokes we liked telling her were……Mom, we hear you sat behind Jesus in third grade Or, Mom we hear you still owe Moses a quarter. Or mom, what was it like being a waitress at the last supper? She’d laugh and say oh that’s not nice.
• Mom was very involved with her church community organizations along with many of her close friends. They had truly helped many people over the years.. Father Phil once affectionately nicknamed her Mother Superior. Classic moment!!
• Mom loved traveling and especially loved going to Las Vegas with us where my brother Bob and his wife Debbie live. It was so much fun being together gambling because a family that gambles together stays poor together. Right…..Jeannine?





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• Our Mom and Dad enjoyed spontaneous rides together. She never stopped missing our dad. They went wherever the car took them. Our parents loved to laugh and be silly together. One time when visiting our brother John during one of his military ceremonies, they were apparently at the time being so silly in public that my brother John actually told them to stop and act their age and they looked at one another and laughed even more.
• She faithfully went to church her whole life until she couldn’t any more. That’s when her cousin Jeannine made it possible to give her the eucharist at home. She prayed the Rosary every night for all of us and for many reasons. She often sent cards for special occasions to many people. Mom knew she had a lot to be grateful for and that she lived a good life. There’s a song out there that it’s title is “ I did it my way” and we thought she did. One of the things we will really miss is not having her at our family reunions. Our mother would want us to never forget her because everyone wants to be remembered. Please pray for her.
• Our mom had her health issues, however, I personally admired how she handled all of her pain. We wished we could have taken that pain away from her. Being at home, she felt safe and not alone and she was so brave. She was not afraid to die, it’s just that we did not want her to go! It’s kind of selfish I suppose. Mom was very grateful that she was able to pass at home with all of the special care she got from her children and care givers. Especially her angels Michele & Juliette. None of us will ever dispute the special care you gave mom and we thank you so much. We want you to know that. Thanks to my brothers, nieces and nephews for all your help with moms care. I love you all for that! She was proud of all of us. Personally, it really hurt when we lost our dad, but to lose our mom, for me, it’s like you’re not tethered to the world anymore. After all, weren’t we all tethered to our mom in their womb.

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I know mom has been holding me up as I speak to all of you. As moms spirit rose to heaven on Thanksgiving Day, I’m sure as her hands touched the face of God, I imagine he may have said to her Well done my child, well done.

There is so much more to tell you about our mother. Again every life has a story.
In conclusion, Understand that every life must end and we must go on. Our mother is now free and at peace and more than likely, she knows all the secrets of the universe. As we take our walk through our lives, Mom would want us to take special care of ourselves and to stay safe, healthy and happy. To be good to one another, continue to love each other, be quick to forgive and to hold no grudges. When I asked mom, what do you want to be remembered for? She told me “That she loved all of you very much”
As her circle of life has now ended, her torch is being passed to the
next generation.

Thank you Father Dan for allowing us this time to share some of our mothers life story and a special thank you for visiting her at her home and that meant a lot to her,

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank all of you for being here today. Keep looking for any signs that her spirit is close by. Our mother would want all of us to…. Carry on.

Mom we salute you… You’re our hero. God Bless you all


With Love,
2018


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