Pearl's Story

Pearl Maryann (Belanger) Paradis, 95, passed away July 5th 2016, at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston surrounded by her family. Pearl was born on December 21st 1920, on Belangers Plantation, Wallagrass, Maine, the daughter of Cyril and Marie Charette Belanger.

She was raised on the family plantation, learning to play the piano and received her early education at home. On August 29th 1930 she married Arthur J. Paradis from Eagle Lake, Maine. They had 18 children and moved to Chelsea Massachusetts in 1955. She stayed at home and worked throughout her life as a devoted homemaker while raising her children. Vivid memories of her upbringing along Maine's route 11 and her family history live on in the stories she shared with her family. She was well known for her cooking, baking her special cookies and sewing but she will always be remembered for her love of family.

In addition to her parents Pearl was preceded in death by her husband Arthur in 1988, a daughter Sharon Paradis in 1973, two brothers Earl Belanger and William Belanger, four sisters Jane Page, Hazel Martin, Jeanette Bowden and Annette Ryerson. She is survived by 11 children and their spouses Archie Paradis and his wife June, Roger Paradis, Gary Paradis and his wife Madeline, Paul Paradis and his wife Linda and Darlene Kendall and her husband Jeff, all of Sumner Maine, Joseph Paradis and his wife Linda, Kevin Paradis and his wife Kathy and Pamela Paradis all of Revere, MA, Diana Feyler and her husband Robert of Tewksbury, MA, Paula Govostes and her husband Nicholas of Everett, MA, Sandra Gotto and her husband John of Salem, NH. She is also survived by 51 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Friends may call Sunday July 10 for 3-7 p.m. at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home 718 Broadway, Chelsea MA. A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday July 11th at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway Chelsea. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit
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