Annette's Story

FORT KENT AND NEW CANADA, - Annette (Jandreau) Dumond entered the glories of heaven at age 93 at Forest Hill Manor after a long illness. She was born October 11, 1921 in St. Francis, ME the daughter of Felix and Philomen (Thibodeau) Jandreau. She was the sixth child in a family of eleven children. She was the beloved and treasured wife of Claude Dumond for 66 years.

Annette was educated in the St. Francis school system and worked as a telephone operator but when the war started she left home to work in Connecticut. After returning home she was hired and trained to work as a dental assistant for Dr. Irenie Cyr and his two sons Doctors Maurice and Norman Cyr. In 1948 she married Claude Dumond and she and her husband made their home on the farm in New Canada where together they raised eight children. Annette adapted to farm life very well and her large family kept her very busy along with all other farm chores. She soon became an excellent cook and was known for her delicious home made rolls (which the grand kids fondly referred to as Memere's buns) which she would bake every Saturday night to eat with her home baked beans.

Annette made many friends and left an impression on all of them. During the farming years, she was a member of the Farm Bureau and Extension Service. She was also a youth director for Ct. 1735 Catholic Order of Foresters in Wallagrass. She was a past president and member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 133 and Gold Star Sister and member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 9609 both in Fort Kent. In 1969 she was appointed the Town Manager of New Canada, a position she held for 11 years. She was also a member of the Ladies of St. Anne in Wallagrass, the Fort Kent Columbiettes and a 29 year member of the Business and Professional Women's Club. She was a life long communicant of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Soldier Pond and made her Cursillo in 1980. Her faith in God was evident in her lifetime.

Her greatest love was her family. In times of trials, she provided the physical and emotional support needed to carry on. She never hesitated to tell any of them what they should or should not do. Her proudest accomplishment was raising her eight children. She was particularly fond of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. After her children grew up, she became an avid fisherman. In 1986, while ice fishing in front of their cottage on Eagle Lake, she caught a 36 inch- 181/2 lbs. cusk which was a world record and which to this date, she still holds that record. Her name appeared in the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. Much of her spare time was spent with her husband and children at their cottage on Eagle Lake where numerous family gatherings were held. Annette also enjoyed golfing, card playing, and loved to dance.

Those she leaves behind to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 66 years Claude Dumond of Fort Kent. Two daughters, Claudette and her husband Lawrence (Gene) Gagnon of Glenburn. Bernice and her husband Frank Jalbert of New Canada. Six sons, Jim and his wife Betty of Portage, George and his companion Kelly of Fort Kent, Dave and his wife Rita of Surf side, SC, Ervin and his wife Carla of Holden, Steve of Wallagrass, and Dana and his wife Michelle of Portland. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Annette is survived by one Brother Alphie and his wife Stella of Summerfield, FL. Two sisters- in- law Aline Jandreau of Ellenton, FL and Alvia Jandreau of St. Francis and many dear nieces, nephews and cousins.

Annette was predeceased by her Mother and Father, Four sisters, Omerille, Maria, Hilda and Lucille. Five brothers, Delsie, Clifford, Roland, Reginald and Robert.

The family wishes to extend a heart felt thanks to the staff of Forest Hill Manor for their compassionate care and love extended to Annette and the support provided to our family.

Friends may call 9 am Monday December 1 until time of service at the Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent, A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 am Monday at the St. Louis Catholic Church, Fort Kent. Spring burial will be held in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Soldier Pond. May 11, 2015. Friends who wish in Annette's memory may contribute to the Forest Hill Manor Activities Fund, 20 Bolduc Ave. Fort Kent, Me. 04743. or to a charity of one's choice.
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