Obituary: Rolande L. Lavoie – Portland Press Herald
Rolande L. Lavoie 1925 – 2022 BRUNSWICK – Rolande L. Lavoie, 96, of Brunswick, died peacefully of a brief illness shortly after midnight on Sunday March 6, 2022. March 6 was also the birthday of her late husband Raymond N.Lavoie. Rolande was born in Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec Canada on May 6, 1925, daughter of Wilfrid A. and Rose Marie (Fortin) Caron. In her early years, after her family moved to Brunswick, she was a Girl Scout and graduated from St. John’s School, then worked in the local textile factory until her marriage. On May 10, 1952, she married Raymond at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Brunswick, where together they made their home and family. She bought her wedding dress (featured in a magazine) which was an exquisite two-piece satin dress and a “riding coat”. The train was so long that after her wedding she trimmed it and made an elegant christening outfit for her children. Her daughter, Joanne, wore this same wedding ensemble when she got married. After starting their family, Rolande focused on being a full-time homemaker and raising her family of four children, Joanne M. Crepeau, Anne Marie Lavoie, Norman R. Lavoie and Donald J. . The way. She was an expert seamstress who made much of the clothes and coats for her young children. She loved cooking, baking, ceramics, decorating cakes and also took care of her daughter, Anne Marie, when she was growing up. Rolande was a lifelong communicator of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, a member of the Daughters of Isabella, as well as a member of the Sodalité de Notre-Dame, the 3rd order of the Mary Society. She was also a 37-year member of TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) during which she enjoyed attending these meetings with her friends and then feasting on ice cream or Chinese food after the weigh-in. Her greatest love was the time she spent surrounded by her family and friends, bringing them together for holidays, celebrating special occasions or just visiting on Sunday afternoons. She cooked huge Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts all by herself until the late 70s. Rolande will long be remembered as a loyal, tireless and loving soul, who always put others before herself and n never said a mean word to anyone. She was truly a beautiful embodiment of kindness who will be sorely missed. In addition to her children, she is survived by these dear ones, Mark Crepeau, Ruth Brennan Lavoie; grandchildren Matthew Crepeau, Michelle Crepeau, Andrea Lavoie, Nathan Lavoie and their spouses Caitlin Corrigan and Thomas Yale; as well as many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends. Her line of heavenly reception must have been long as Rolande was the last surviving member of a family of 19 children, three of whom died in infancy. His brothers and sisters were Irène, Irma, Valeda, Armandine, Marie, Marie Laure, Jeannette, Roland, Bertrand, Amable, Simone, Adélard, Conrad, Gérard, Fernand. Her husband; in-laws; and many aunts, uncles; and several nieces and nephews predeceased her. A one-hour visitation, celebrating the life of Rolande, will be held Friday, May 13 from 10-11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Pleasant Street, Brunswick. A Christian funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Brunswick. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery followed by a reception. Arrangements are under the direction of Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. To view Rolande’s memorial page or to share a condolence online, please visit http://www.ConroyTullyWalker.com.