Geraldine's Story

ST. DAVID - Geraldine Pelletier Chasse, 92, left us peacefully on September 24, 2105 with loving family by her side. She was born February 17, 1923 in St. Francis, Maine, daughter of the late Laurent and Marie (Sirois) Pelletier. Gerry attended schools in St. Francis and Westbrook Maine. She was graduated from the Madawaska Training School as a young woman, and then graduated from University of Maine at Fort Kent in her middle years. She was a born teacher and taught in Valley schools, starting out in a one room schoolhouse in St. Francis. She instilled in her children a love of learning that endlessly enriches their lives. She was a super volunteer contributing much to her community from being a 4-H leader and Cub Scout Den Mother to serving on the Acadian Cultural Preservation Commission. She was one of the first recipients of the Acadian Achievement Award in 1995 and was named Maine Outstanding Homemaker in 1980. She was a founding member of the Madawaska Historical Society and was instrumental in establishing the Acadian Festival. Her commitment to strong families led her to organization of many of the annual family reunions. She was dedicated to the Madawaska Library, serving on the board and as a volunteer librarian. She served on numerous boards and committees over the years. She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Ernie Chasse, Jr. Together they owned and operated St. John Valley Potato Farms and Chasse Gravel Service. They were devoted members of St. David Parish. Geraldine was also predeceased by two stepsons, Gilman and Guy Chasse; a dear daughter-in-law, Marianne Landry Chasse; a grandson, Sebastien Chasse; brothers Ludger, Louis and Lull Pelletier; and sisters Kathleen Hartt and Rachelle Slater. She is survived by her children David & wife Tricia of Augusta, Rachelle & husband Bob DeFarges of St. David, James of Sierra Vista, AZ, Andrew & wife Dawn of Orrington, ME, Peter and wife Tammy of Los Angeles, CA and Paul of Sierra Vista, AZ; daughter-in-law Jody Lehman Chasse of Brewer, ME; grandchildren Guy Chasse & wife Donna of St. Augustine, FL, Rebecca Chasse of Carmel, ME, Andre Chasse of Bangor, ME, Catherine Thistle & husband Peter of Great Mills, MD; John Chasse of Fort Bragg, NC: Elise Schellhase and husband Louis of Blue Hill, ME; Sarah Fries and husband Stuart of Tuscon, AZ; Dammienne Chasse-Olmsted of Tacoma, WA, Jondalynn & Jerika Chasse of Orrington, ME; one sister, Marilyn Klein of David, CA; many precious great grandchildren and dear nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10am on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the St. David Church. Family and friends may offer their condolences from 9am until time of service on Saturday. Arrangements have been entrusted to Lajoie Funeral Home. Contributions in Geraldine's memory may be made to the Madawaska Public Library or the Madawaska Historical Society, 393 Main St., Madawaska, ME 04756. For online condolences, please visit
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