Jun. 7, 1973 Lawrence Essex County Massachusetts, USA
Mrs. Jacqueline "Lena" (Gaudet) Gallant of Andover, died at Lawrence General Hospital after a short illness.
Born in St. Louis, Prince Edward Island, Canada, she married Joseph Glorice Gallant at the age of 18 on September 16, 1918. She lived in Andover for most of her life and attended St. Augustine's Church. Lena was a former Fieldstone Restaurant employee.
Surviving are her husband Joseph Glorice Gallant; four sons, Reginald, Roland, Francis and Clarence Gallant; two daughters, Eleanor, wife of Donald May, and Mary, wife of Roland Deschenes; three sisters, Mrs. Alma Dwyer, Sister Eleanor Gaudet of the Grey Nuns and Mrs. Minolia Brown; four brothers, Wilfred, Alby, Arthur and Phillip Gaudet; 27 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was offered the following Monday (June 11) at 9 a.m. in St. Augustine's Church, Andover.
Arrangements were by the M.A. Burke Memorial Funeral Home, 390 Main Street, Andover.
* The following story was written by Lena and Joseph's family for a Gaudet Family Reunion in Canada that was held in July of 2003.
Jacqueline Gaudet was nicknamed Lena. The fourth child of John Peter and Marie Sophie (Bernard) Gaudet. She was born in Saint Louis, P.E.I on May 23, 1900. She lived on the family farm with her parents, sisters and brothers in St. Edward's known as Smith Road.
She married Joseph Glorice Gallant (born in Mt. Carmel, September 14, 1898), son of John and Mathilda (Blacquir) Gallant, in Mont Carmel in 1918. Their home had hardwood floors, oil lamps for light and a wood stove, which was used for both cooking and heating. For entertainment, they had house parties. They attended church on Palmer Road and as children they traveled to church by horse and buggy. Both were brought up Catholic and they raised their family as such. Jacqueline and Joseph had six children. When Reginald was born in 1919, they moved to Booth Bay Harbor, Maine, USA were Joseph worked at the time. They moved again to Cuba Street, Andover, Massachusetts, and had their next four children; Eleanor, Roland, Mary and Clarence. At this time, Joseph worked at Tyer Rubber Company, as did much of the Gaudet family. They had one more move to make; that was to County Road, Andover, where they had their last child, Francis.
She was Naturalized a US citizen as Mary Jacqueline Gallant by the Superior Court of Lawrence, Massachusetts, Essex County, on March 11th, 1949. She also registered and was approved to vote on October 1st, 1952 in Andover.
The family liked music. Reginald and Roland were handy in carpentry and they both enjoyed football. Mary didn't like school but was made to go. All of her children enjoyed the holidays and she would always have a place in her home for them to hide the gifts from "Santa Clause" to surprise their own children on Christmas morning. She would knit mittens, hats, and slippers for her grandchildren. Lena liked working in the garden and making clothes for her family. In her later life, she worked in restaurants and the mills in Andover, MA. Her grandchildren especially remember her biscuits.
Jacqueline died at the age of 73 on June 7th, 1973. Joseph died two years later at the age of 77 on January 10th, 1975. Jacqueline enjoyed life to the fullest. She enjoyed her family and her friends. She was loved by all.
Jacqueline and Joseph are resting eternally side by side in St. Augustine's Cemetery, Andover, MA.
Jacqueline and Joseph's children
Reginald was born July 6, 1919 and was found dead in his home in Andover on January 16th, 1994, from what the coroner believed to be 3 days after his death and is buried in St. Augustine's Cemetery, Andover.
Eleanor was born September 2, 1920 and died June 14th, 2002 in her sleep. She was cremated and scattered throughout her garden at her home in Michigan by her children.
Roland, born August 14, 1924 and died at his home on December 30th, 2006 and is buried with his son Michael (Mickey) and his wife Claire (Porter) Gallant at Riverside Cemetery in North Reading, MA.
Clarence, born May 25, 1928 and died March 17th, 2004 and is buried in the Holy Family Sepulchre Cemetery, Haverhill, Massachusetts along with his wife Ada Robinson (Taylor) Gallant.
Mary was born October 3, 1932 and lived in Andover for most of her life. She died in Salem, New Hampshire on March 16, 2008 at the age of 75 of pancreatic cancer. She was cremated on March 21st and her ashes were buried in both St. Augustine's Cemetery, Andover with her parents and long time partner John (Jack) Hagerty on April 9th, and Sacred Heart Cemetery, also in Andover, on October 25th, 2008, with her husband Roland Deschenes (06-02-27 to 05-27-87) and his parents Cleophas and Clara (St. Aubin) Deschenes. Mary had her first Holy Communion at St. Augustine's Church on May 12th, 1940 and she married Roland on November 29, 1953 at St. Theresa's Church in North Reading. She and Roland had 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls. Cheryl February 6, 1955, Ronald May 23, 1957, Richard July 9, 1958, Karen April 2, 1960, Joan August 13, 1961 and Gary April 3, 1967. At the time of her death, Mary had 13 Grand Children and 3 Great Grand Children.