- [S5] Obituary.
Lillian B. Cloutier
DEC 20, 2014
Lillian B. Cloutier (nee Gamache), 92, of Hudson, NH, passed away on Sunday, December 14th, 2014, at Courville Assisted Living in Nashua, after a brief illness.
Lillian was born on June 6th, 1922, the first of three girls born to Alfred and Hortense Gamache (nee Poirier), formerly of Nashua.
She suffered much heartache during her life, in spite of which, she remained a positive, hopeful spirit. As a child, Lillian spent many months at Shriner?s Hospital for Children undergoing several operations to correct a problem with her feet. Years later, Lillian worked in the mills at Nashua Manufacturing Company before marrying Paul Deutsch of New York in 1941, at which time they decided to settle in Nashua. Paul was classified as missing in action on May 15th, 1945, during World War II, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart. Adding to Lillian?s heartbreak, her infant daughter, Linda, died of pneumonia, and her son Gregory died years later, in September 1969, at the young age of 23, killed by a drunk driver. A ray of hope occurred in May 1956 when Lillian married Wilfred Cloutier, whom she met at a dance at Fort Devens. The pair decided to settle down in Hudson, residing in a small ranch built by Wilfred and his brothers, where they lived happily for most of their lives. Lillian also proudly worked as a nurse?s aide at Fairview Nursing Home for many years during this time.
Lillian was a gregarious, fun-loving woman who loved to sing and dance. She had a great passion for movies and was very knowledgeable about the celebrities of her day. She often reminisced about a singing performance given by her and her sisters on a local radio show when they were young girls. Lillian wore her heart on her sleeve. You never had to guess whether she was happy, sad, or worried about something or someone. She was extremely open and receptively warm. She loved people and loved to make them laugh, especially those who seemed sad, by telling a joke, doing a little jig, or singing a song. She was devoted to making a happy, beautiful home for her family, and often bragged about her numerous grandchildren and great?grandchildren.
Lillian is survived by many loved ones including her three children: Shirley M. LaVallee (Deutsch) of Nashua; Kenneth Deutsch I and his wife Mary of Spring Lake, North Carolina; and Gloria Turner and her husband Jack of Macedon, NY. Lillian also left behind her sister Claire Read of Florida and was predeceased by her sister, JoAnn Vassil of Florida, who passed in 1977; her dearly beloved grandchildren include, Ronald LaVallee, Jr., of Nashua; Stacie LaVallee-Hayner of Milford; Shelly LaVallee of Bedford, NH; Kenneth Deutsch II and his wife Karen of Clayton, NC; Kathryn White and her husband James of Orange, CA; and Pamela Trout and her husband David of Newark, NY. Lillian?s husband?s family members include, Wilfred?s sister Laurel Lincoln, Raymond and Julie Cloutier, Roland Cloutier, Norman Cloutier, and Kenneth and Lorraine Cloutier. Lillian also had many dearly loved great and great-great grandchildren. Mitchell and Colby will miss their GG very much.
SERVICES: There are no visiting hours. A graveside service and burial of Lillian and her husband Wilfred?s ashes will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashua on Tuesday, December 23rd at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the charity of your choice in Lillian?s name. To view an online memorial, send a condolence, or for more information, go to www.anctil-rochette.com. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley St., Nashua.