As she always believed, Marguerite D. Charbonneau’s soul and spirit soared up to Heaven, a half hour before she passed away, on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, while surrounded by her children at CT Hospice in Branford.
Born Marguerite D. Berthiaume on Feb. 7, 1931, in Mapleville, RI, to Francis and Medora Berthiaume, she was one of 13 children.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her children: Mary Charbonneau; Christine Kwiat (Jonathan); Michele Clifford (Brendan); William V. Charbonneau; she is predeceased by her eldest son, John D. Charbonneau, her husband, John A. Charbonneau, and many of her siblings.
She leaves her grandchildren: John M. Charbonneau, Jennifer C. Charbonneau; Victoria C. Clifford, B. Matthew Clifford; Abigail M. Kwiat, David M. Kwiat, and her great-grandchild, Isabelle Charbonneau. In addition, she leaves her brothers Norman Berthiaume, Francis Berthiaume, and her sister, Madeline Berthiaume. Marguerite was devoted to her family and to her many, many friends.
She had an eternal and faithful passion to Christ, her savior. Those who knew Marguerite will remember her gentle, loving, Holy Spirit and her devotion to Christ and to our Blessed Mother, Mary. Others may remember Marguerite as a Eucharistic minister; Legion of Mary member; RCIA member; devoted Rosary leader; teacher at St. John the Baptist; catechism teacher at Holy Infant; Godmother; rectory cook; food service worker at SCSU.
She was a resident at Mansfield Grove in East Haven, CT, where she enjoyed many summers with family and friends. She also loved to spend time at “My Father’s House,” a renewal and retreat center led by her dear friend, Fr. Bill McCarthy. Marguerite exhibited a selfless, caring and giving heart. She was always willing to help anyone in need and was happiest when sharing God’s deep love and spirit.
Friends and family may visit on Friday, Feb. 20, from 5-8:00 P.M. at W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main St., Branford, CT.
Marguerite’s Christian Mass will follow on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary Church in Branford, CT.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405, or to any of the institutions listed below.
The Charbonneau Family would like to send a heartfelt thanks for the extra-special medical care and treatment demonstrated by: Robert Vaillancourt, LPN, Sister Cecelia Scaduto and staff of Clelian Adult Day Center, Hamden; the entire staff of CT Hospice in Branford; Dr. Prathibha N. Kumar (and her husband, Dr. Babu S. Kumar) Marguerite’s Primary Care Physicians; Dr. Richard Marottoli, Medical Director of the Dorothy Adler Center at YNHH; Dr. Robert J. Nardino, Residency Program Director YNHH Medical Center (St. Raphael’s campus). These Medical professionals were extraordinary with their care and concern for Marguerite and they were an “answer to our prayers.”
The family would also like to send a special thanks to Sue Mauro, her friends at Silverbrook Estates in Orange, who brought her peace and comfort on a daily basis. As Marguerite would say, “Thank you” and “May God bless each and every one of you.”
For directions and online memorial see www.wsclancy.com.