Marie Josephine Gaudette

Marie Josephine Gaudette

Birth
Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 13 Jul 2017 (aged 115)
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 183658005 · View Source
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MANCHESTER - Mother Cecilia is home, at last.

The 115-year-old nun, who was born Marie-Josephine Clarice Gaudette in Manchester on March 25, 1902, died Thursday at the convent in Rome where she had lived since 1958.

Gaudette was the fifth-oldest person in the world.

She also was the oldest living person born in America, the oldest living in Italy and the second-oldest person in Europe.

She was a "super-centenarian," a term for someone who has lived past 110.

Doreen Remillard of Manchester, Gaudette's great-niece, said the family got the news Thursday.

She said her great-aunt was ready to go.

"She was anxious to go to her Maker," she said.

"She had been praying for 15 years.

She thought that God forgot her."

Her great-aunt was part of the first graduating class at Villa Augustina School in Goffstown, and later became a teacher there, joining the Congregation of the Religious of Jesus and Mary.

Remillard said she hadn't seen her great-aunt for many years, but kept in touch with her through emails, which other sisters would read aloud to her.

"She was sharp as a tack," she said.

Gaudette, who was known by the other sisters as "Mother Cecilia," gained a measure of international fame in 2008 when she cast her absentee ballot in Manchester for Barack Obama, according to published reports.

She told reporters it was her first vote since 1952,

when she had voted for a Republican, Dwight Eisenhower.

Members of Gaudette's family happen to be together this weekend for a family reunion in Pembroke.

Remillard said it's the perfect opportunity to stop and remember their beloved relative.

"I'm sure we'll say a little something and reminisce," she said.

Gravesite Details 34 Marie Josephine Gaudette[5][20] F 25 March 1902 13 July 2017 115 years, 110 days Italy[c]

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