PRESQUE ISLE AND FORT FAIRFIELD - Bertrand J. Pelletier, 88, husband of Mrs. Lorette E. (Gagnon) Pelletier, passed away Wednesday morning, June 12, 2013, at a Presque Isle nursing facility, after an extended illness. He was born Sept. 3, 1924, in St. Francis, son of Belone and Mary (Jandreau) Pelletier.
He was educated in St. Francis schools and bravely served his country in the U.S. Army
during World War II
, being drafted March 4, 1943, serving in the 614th Medical Clearing Company as a medic. Bert saw action at Normandy, Battle of the Bulge, Northern France, Ardennes and Central Europe. He was awarded the Combat Medical Badge and the Bronze Star
. Bert was married to Lorette E. Gagnon Feb. 25, 1952, and was a lifelong woodsman, starting as a lumberjack who yarded with horses and later worked for Great Northern Paper, retiring in 1990 from Columbia Forest Products after 27 years of dedicated service. Bert was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars
, Paul Lockhart Post No. 6187, Fort Fairfield, and a communicant of Parish of the Precious Blood, St. Denis Catholic Church, Fort Fairfield. He was a resident of Fort Fairfield from 1957 to 2007 at which time he and Lorette moved to Mapleton and was a resident of Presque Isle since 2009. Bert greatly enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time and sharing activities with them as often as possible.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Pelletier was predeceased by two brothers, Adjtor and Lawrence Pelletier; four sisters, Muriel Caron, Pearl O'Leary, Fern Levesque and Evelyn Rosenthal; and son-in-law, Brian R. Raymond. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lorette of Presque Isle; two daughters, Brenda M. Hartley and companion, Peter Fox, of Caribou and Dianne J. Raymond and companion, Ken Hoehlein, of Carmel; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Rudolph and Esther May Pelletier of St. Francis, Roderick Pelletier of Westdale, N.Y., and Carroll and Jeannette Pelletier of New Britain, Conn.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Greta and Galen Pelletier of New Britain, Conn., and Linda and Kit Thibodeau of Newport; four grandchildren, Leo Raymond and wife, Jennifer, of Mapleton, Eve Bull and husband, Larry, of Ellsworth, Angela St. Pierre and husband, Jon, of Fort Fairfield, and Karen Hayes and husband, Ryan, of Easton; nine great-grandchildren, Alexis and Cole Hayes of Easton, Hunter and Delaney St. Pierre of Fort Fairfield, Christian, Joshua and Bryson Raymond of Mapleton, and Trevor and Chantz Bull of Ellsworth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In keeping with Bert's wishes, there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Parish of the Precious Blood, St. Denis Catholic Church, 147 Main St., Fort Fairfield. Interment will take place at Northern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Caribou. A time of continued fellowship with refreshments will be held after the service at Veterans of Foreign Wars, Paul Lockhart Post No. 6187, Presque Isle Street, Fort Fairfield. Those who wish may contribute in memory Mr. Pelletier to
, Founders Affiliate, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. Envelopes will available at the service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main St., Fort Fairfield. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gibersondorseyfuneralhome.