FORT KENT AND ST. JOHN - Madeline Pelletier, 74, passed away peacefully September 23, 2014 surrounded by her family and the wonderful care of the staff at Cross Winds in Fort Kent. She was born January 29, 1940, in St. John, the daughter of Denis and Marie (St. Jarre) Pelletier.
Some people step into your life and leave an imprint on your heart, one that never goes away, Madeline was one of those people. An angel on earth, she radiated with God's love and was accepting and submissive to whatever challenges came her way, which were many since she endured physical pain for most of her life. Madeline was defined by the way she lived her life, which was with humility, gratitude, joy, peace, inspiration, purity, holiness, and faith. These are only a few of the words used to describe Madeline by her family and caring friends and staff at Cross Winds. Madeline's main focus was not on her physical struggles, but rather taking notice of the beauty and significance of each and every day. She would often say that miracles happen every day, but people are too busy and fail to notice them. It was an honor and a privilege to simply be in her presence. She touched and made a difference to so many, and despite her physical ailments, people would often leave her room wishing they had what she had. She was a human sparkler. She burned bright. Her light will burn on forever in all the people who crossed her path.
Madeline was indeed a precious gift to this world and has earned eternal glory with our God, and has no doubt exchanged her cross for a crown. Madeline belonged to the Mariam Movement of Priest. She loved her family, friends and listening to music.
She is survived by 5 sisters and one brother; Kathleen and husband, Gordon Crosby of Greene, Me., Sr. Marilyn Pelletier of Plaistow, N.H., Jeannette and husband, Clifton Pelletier, George and wife, Nancy Pelletier, Annette and husband, Paul Grant, all of St. John, Mona and husband, Roger Roy of Gorham, Me. She is also survived by many special nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by both her parents.
Friends may call Thursday 1:45-2:45 p.m. at the Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 3 p.m. Thursday at the St. John Catholic Church, St. John. Committal services will follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, it is the family's wish to have an altar built at Cross Winds for the residents in Madeline's memory. Donations may be made to Cross Winds, 40 Village Road, Fort Kent, ME 04743, for those who wish to donate to this effort.