En Souvenir De
ESTHER GOSSELIN
mai 16, 2017

Esther Gosselin, 102, of Moncton, left us peacefully for heaven in the morning of May 16, 2017 at Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont UHC. in the presence of family.

Born on April 2, 1915 in McLean Settlement, Kent County, NB,  she was the youngest child of Fidèle and Philomène (Cormier) Girouard and had 5 sisters: Alice, Rosée, Délia, Marie-Blanche, Marie-Anne and 8 brothers: Elie, Arthur, Nap, Zoel, Gilbert, Mélème, Antoine, David.

As a young girl, she grew up on the family farm with no car, electric, phone, plumbing or TV and was busy milking cows, making butter, getting berries, picking apples, cooking, cleaning, helping neighbours and putting wood in the stove.

She learned well in a one room school and always had a nice handwriting.  She graduated 8th grade in 1928.

In the early 1930’s she worked at a small store on Botsford near Moncton High and met Louis who operated a grocery and meat store at 24 Mountain (site of Moncton Museum).  They married at the Cathédrale on February 8, 1937.

In 1942, the family moved on Elmwood to start a farm.  Although busy with 4 children, she helped in the 1950’s at their store «Lewisville Meat Market» on Mill Rd., their «Moonlight Lake» skating rink, cooking for hired hands and housework.

In the mid 1960’s she started collecting and later selling antiques at the barn until the late 1980’s.

In retirement, Esther and Louis enjoyed visits from family and friends, flea markets, flowers, knitting and

was an excellent housekeeper in her home until 90.

She was married for 71 years until 2008 when Louis passed and spent her last 10 years at «Residence Adventure» where she was well treated.  That made her a 74 year resident of Elmwood Dr.

All through her life, Esther was nice and friendly, enjoyed people and always had a lunch ready for anyone stopping by.  Her secret to a long life was no drinking, no smoking, eating well, good sleep and no pills until 80.

She was a member of the Saint Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church and a strong believer in God, always attended Sunday mass.

She is survived by 2 daughters: Bertha (Alfred) Williams and Claudette (Joseph) Baiani, two sons: Louis Jr. and Clarence «Goose» Gosselin, 9 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 2 great great grand daughters making it 5 generations.

She will be greatly missed by all family and friends and forever remembered for her kindness, honesty, great advice and love of the family.

A funeral service to celebrate and honor Esther’s life will be held at Saint-Lawrence O’toole Church in Irishtown on Tuesday May 23, 2017 at 3pm, followed by a reception and lunch, everyone welcome.

If so desired, donations may be made to the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Hospital where they took good care of her for the last 6 months or to the donor’s choice.

Esther Gosselin, 102, of Moncton, left us peacefully for heaven in the morning of May 16, 2017 at Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont UHC. in the presence of family.

Born on April 2, 1915 in McLean Settlement, Kent County, NB,  she was the youngest child of Fidèle and Philomène (Cormier) Girouard and had 5 sisters: Alice, Rosée, Délia, Marie-Blanche, Marie-Anne and 8 brothers: Elie, Arthur, Nap, Zoel, Gilbert, Mélème, Antoine, David.

As a young girl, she grew up on the family farm with no car, electric, phone, plumbing or TV and was busy milking cows, making butter, getting berries, picking apples, cooking, cleaning, helping neighbours and putting wood in the stove.

She learned well in a one room school and always had a nice handwriting.  She graduated 8th grade in 1928.

In the early 1930’s she worked at a small store on Botsford near Moncton High and met Louis who operated a grocery and meat store at 24 Mountain (site of Moncton Museum).  They married at the Cathédrale on February 8, 1937.

In 1942, the family moved on Elmwood to start a farm.  Although busy with 4 children, she helped in the 1950’s at their store “Lewisville Meat Market” on Mill Rd., their “Moonlight Lake” skating rink, cooking for hired hands and housework.

In the mid 1960’s she started collecting and later selling antiques at the barn until the late 1980’s.

In retirement, Esther and Louis enjoyed visits from family and friends, flea markets, flowers, knitting and

was an excellent housekeeper in her home until 90.

She was married for 71 years until 2008 when Louis passed and spent her last 10 years at “Residence Adventure” where she was well treated.  That made her a 74 year resident of Elmwood Dr.

All through her life, Esther was nice and friendly, enjoyed people and always had a lunch ready for anyone stopping by.  Her secret to a long life was no drinking, no smoking, eating well, good sleep and no pills until 80.

She was a member of the Saint Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church and a strong believer in God, always attended Sunday mass.

She is survived by 2 daughters: Bertha (Alfred) Williams and Claudette (Joseph) Baiani, two sons: Louis Jr. and Clarence “Goose” Gosselin, 9 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 2 great great grand daughters making it 5 generations.

She will be greatly missed by all family and friends and forever remembered for her kindness, honesty, great advice and love of the family.

A funeral service to celebrate and honor Esther’s life will be held at Saint-Lawrence O’toole Church in Irishtown on Tuesday May 23, 2017 at 3pm, followed by a reception and lunch, everyone welcome.

If so desired, donations may be made to the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Hospital where they took good care of her for the last 6 months or to the donor’s choice.

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