Pauline Marion Nadeau - age: 90
(March 09, 1926 to April 09, 2016
A wake will be held at the Dennett, Craig and Pate Funeral Home in Saco, ME on Friday, April 15, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a funeral Mass at Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco, ME on Saturday, April 16, 2016, beginning at 10 a.m. A private cremation service will be held with the family in Saco at a later date.
Pauline Marion Nadeau, 90 years young of Peterborough, NH, passed peacefully in her sleep on April 9, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Houlton, ME on March 9, 1926, to Eva Armstrong and Ernest Choiniere, Pauline was raised in Lewiston, ME, with her two sisters, Claire and Doris. For a period of time she also lived with the Hamel family, who she spoke fondly of throughout her life. In 1944, Pauline married Eddie Tremblay of Van Buren, ME, and together they had three children. Widowed at the age of 21, she remarried in 1948 and over the following eight years welcomed four more children with her husband, Fernand Nadeau. They built a lovely home in Enfield, CT where they lived together for 46 years.
A loving mother and adoring grandmother, Pauline devoted her life to her children and grandchildren and showed them kindness and generosity beyond measure. She was ever supportive, creative, and resourceful as a mother to her seven children, serving as a Girl Scout troop leader and sewing cycling uniforms for her sons as she cheered from the sidelines. She returned to work outside the home after her children were grown, making wonderful, lifelong friends. While always practical and mindful in her actions, she was also naturally curious and harbored a delightfully mischievous streak. She never shied from adventure and even traveled to France with her family at the age of 78.
A true Mainer and devoted beachcomber, the call of the ocean drew Pauline back to her home state after the death of her husband. In 2004, she sold their home in Connecticut, packed up her signature white minivan, and spent the next 10 years in Saco, ME, near her son and daughter-in-law. She enjoyed exploring the beaches, bird watching from her apartment window, and spending time with her family. The final years of her life were spent with her daughter and son-in-law in New Hampshire.
She found joy in life’s small pleasures: a peaceful walk in nature, a good book, collecting wooden puzzles, jazz music, or a game of Scrabble. She will be remembered for her quiet wisdom and strength of character, her deep spirituality and faith in God, her infinite kindness and patience, her playful sense of humor, and her boundless love for her family.
Pauline was preceded in death by her birth parents Eva and Ernest Choiniere, her second family Emilien and Ezilda Hamel and their daughter Lydia, her husbands Eddie Tremblay and Fernand Nadeau, and her sister Doris Choiniere Peters. She is survived by her children Ernest Nadeau, Paul (Deborah) Nadeau, Patricia (Robert) Duell, Philip Nadeau, Stephen (Kristen) Nadeau, Joyce (Pete) Carroll, and Lynn (Robert) Beach, 19 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandson, her sister Claire (Ray) Daigle, and many nieces and nephews.