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OLD TOWN - Lucienne Elise Cloutier, 105, a resident of Treat & Webster Island aka French Island, passed away peacefully at home May 13, 2015 with her family by her side. Lucienne was born on June 24, 1909 in St. Cyprien, Qu├ębec, Canada.

She was the second-youngest of the 14 children born to Joseph and Adeline (Cote) Dionne. After her mother passed away due to complications of childbirth, Lucienne moved to this country with her father and siblings in 1913. She became a naturalized citizen in 1946. Lucienne grew up on a farm in the Pea Cove area of Old Town. She attended school in Pea Cove, which was a one-room schoolhouse. One of her classmates was the soon-to-be-famous singer Harold "Lone Pine" Breau.

She met Louis N. Cloutier Sr. in Pea Cove, and they married at St. Joseph Church in Old Town on July 4, 1932. They moved to Treat & Webster Island, where they raised their four children. They were married for 62 years until his passing on October 3, 1994.

Lucienne was a member of the Holy Family Parish of Old Town and of the Old Town Senior Citizen Club for many years. She and her daughter Theresa were members of the Old Town/Orono YMCA, where Lucienne enjoyed her daily walks and made many friends. Energetic and vital, Lucienne always liked to be engaged in work or activities. Lucienne was an active member of the PO-KE-NO Club, which gathered weekly, for over 50 years. She enjoyed travel as well, visiting France and Italy and attending graduations and weddings of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Over the years, Lucienne worked at various businesses in the Old Town area. However, she most enjoyed her

many years of service working with the Shirley family at the Orono Commons nursing home, from which she retired in 1999 at the age of 90.

Lucienne and her husband Louis built a camp on Pushaw Lake in 1952. She found great enjoyment spending summers there for the next 62 years, surrounded by their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends who visited. The lake was

a gathering place for family events through the years, and she loved to participate in the many spirited card games played around the kitchen table. She also enjoyed the daily boat rides

and beautiful sunsets from the front porch. She was a friend and inspiration to all who knew her and was adored by her family.

Lucienne was predeceased by her husband Louis N. Cloutier Sr.; her sisters Alma Beaulieu, Amelia Paradis, Anna Violette, Ida Picard, Alice Lagasse, Yvonne Dionne, Eva Cote, Eugenie Fortin, and Marie Louise LaPlante; her brothers Philip Dionne, Napoleon Dionne, and Joseph

Dionne; and her son-in-law Robert G. Hart.

Lucienne is survived by her daughter Theresa Hart of Old Town, her son Louis N. Cloutier Jr. and his wife Dorli of Bolton, CT, her son Calixte W. Cloutier and his wife Adele of Harpswell, ME, and her son Michael H. Cloutier and his wife Joan of Auburn, ME. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. Lucienne was blessed with many loving and caring nieces and nephews who have survived her. We are all fortunate to have had Lucienne in our lives.

Friends may call 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 Monday at the Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town, ME. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9AM Tuesday Parish of the Resurrection, Holy Family Church Old Town, ME, with Rev. Wilfred Labbe, celebrant. A gathering and lunch in celebration of Lucienne's life will be held at the Holy Family Parish Hall immediately following the funeral mass.

In lieu of flowers, the Cloutier family asks that donations be made in Lucienne's memory to the Holy Family Parish, 429 Main St. Old Town, ME 04468 or to a charity of your choice.

Those who wish to share written condolences with the family may do so at www.birminghamfurneralhome.com.
Published on  May 16, 2015
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