ST. DAVID and GRAND ISLE - Yvette Marie Gendreau, 76, died Jan. 19, 2013, at a Fort Kent health care facility after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born July 6, 1936, in Grand Isle, daughter of the late Ernest and Winnie (Caron) Lavertu.
One of Yvette's greatest loves was to celebrate family gatherings with her children and siblings. While raising her children, she was an incredible housewife, seamstress and cook. She loved reading, playing cards, watching professional tennis, doing yoga, and gardening, with a special love for her flower garden. Her strong faith helped her cope with her long battle with cancer, twice.
Yvette is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Charles M. Gendreau of St. David; four children, Daniel Gendreau of Arkansas and his three children, Miranda, Jacob and Anthony, Harold Gendreau of Georgia and his son, Julian, Karen Gendreau Libby and her husband, Steven, of Portland and their children, Cole and Alyssa, and Sarah Gendreau Bignotti and her husband, Gerald, and their daughter, Christina; one great-grandchild, Blake Gendreau, son of Anthony Gendreau; three sisters, Viola Chamberland, Bernice Roy and Dot Leslie; and four brothers, Norman, Lucien, Herby and Elmer Lavertu. She was predeceased by her daughter, Donna, age 2; one sister, Pauline Lavertu Audet; and one brother, Manus Lavertu. Yvette will always be remembered as a loving mother and wife, and she will truly be missed by all who knew her.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at St. Gerard Church. Family and friends may offer their condolences 9 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church. Contributions in Yvette's memory may be made to either Edgar J. Paradis Fund, care of Northern Maine Medical Center, 194 East Main St., Fort Kent, ME 04743 or Angel Flight NE, 492 Sutton St., North Andover, MA 01845, please reference Yvette Gendreau on donation form. Arrangements have been entrusted to Lajoie Funeral Home. For online condolences, please visit www.lajoiefuneralhome.com