ORONO - Venney Marquis Bolduc, 94, passed away Jan. 5, 2013, surrounded by her family. She was born Venney Marquis, June 17, 1918, in Baker Brook, New Brunswick, daughter of Joseph B. Marquis and Anastasie Nadeau.
She attended schools in Baker Brook, New Brunswick; and Fort Kent. During World War II
, she served on the civil patrol. She worked as switchboard operator in Fort Kent, at JC Penney as a sales person and window dresser also in Fort Kent, and then later at Oxford Paper Co., St. Just. Venney married Roland Bolduc, Aug. 22, 1945, and lived with him and their growing family at Roland's work sites in lumbering operation in Fort Kent and Rumford. Together they have lived with their daughter in Orono for the last three years. Venney was a passionate gardener and cook who lived and laughed heartily. She was a communicant of Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, and was active in the life of the parish and the work of the communities in which she lived. She contributed to existing organizations - The Acadian Society, Santa's Helpers, and St. Athanasius-St. John Church fund raisers. She was "Memere" to countless children who emptied her cookie jar. For many years she prepared Thanksgiving baskets; she collected, cleaned and donated household goods, and never let a visitor leave without a treat - her famous pickles, jellies or baked goods. She anticipated every holiday with joy and planned each detail to please her family and friends. She never tired of rocking babies and loved and supported the young people around her. Her joyfulness and laughter will be treasured always.
She leaves her adored husband of 67 years, Roland; and four children, Claire, Claude and wife, Lou, Paul and wife, Julie, Suzanne Leflamme and husband, David; grandchildren, Adrian Smith and wife, Heather Merriman, Kevin Barker and wife, Amanda, Paul Bolduc, Daniel Bolduc, Joshua Bolduc, Will Laflamme, and Adam Laflamme; and two great-grandchildren, Caleb Barker and Avery Merriman Smith. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Louise; parents, Joseph and Anastasie Marquis; and brothers and sisters, Father Alphee Marquis, Sister Alma Marquis, Willie Marquis, Regina Albert, Adrian Marquis, Martha Klypak and Ben Marquis. The family greatly acknowledges the support of New Hope Hospice, Premier Home Health Care, Eucharistic minister, and neighbors and friends.
Visitation will be held 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town, with a funeral Mass beginning 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 429 Main St., Old Town.