It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Jeannette F. Thibault, 102.
Jeannette was born on April 26, 1921 to Ovide and Dorilla (Lyonnais) Gariepy in Leominster, Massachusetts.
The oldest of seven children, she attended St. Cecilia School and graduated from Leominster High School in 1939. During WWII, she worked at Fort Devens and was the secretary to a Captain. Her friend, Claire Thibault, set her up on a blind date with her brother. Norman and Jeannette corresponded while he was in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy Seabees. They married on June 1, 1946. Together they raised four sons and a daughter. They owned and operated N.J. Thibault Co., a Fitchburg construction and remodeling company, with Jeannette’s office management and accounting skills. Jeannette and Norman surrounded themselves with family and many friends. They took the opportunity to travel each year in the US and abroad, most memorably to Australia and New Zealand.
Mom was a wonderful home maker, talented baker and cook. She thoughtfully shared favorite family recipes, presenting each of her children with a book compiled from years of perfecting delectable meals and treats for family gatherings and Sunday dinners. She loved their homes in Fitchburg, summers at their lakeside cottage, and most recently, her senior living at Leominster Crossings. There, new friends, lunches, card games, reading, journaling, cribbage, daily walks, movies and family visits filled her days. Jeannette was a woman of faith and her love of Jesus and devotion to His mother, Mary, were the pathways upon which she conducted her life. In her own quiet way, she taught us life lessons by example.
Jeannette is survived by her siblings, Marie Gould, L. Paul Gariepy, and George Gariepy; her children, Dr. Thomas J. and Anzelma Thibault, Richard N. and Kathy Thibault, Lawrence L. MaryThibault, Peter N. Joyce Thibault and Janice M. Murray.
Jeannette was blessed with and loved by her 9 grandchildren , Daniel J. Thibault and Katie, Michael T. Thibault, Gregory J. Thibault and Jennifer , Valerie A. Thibault and Joshua Zisholtz, Amanda and Alan Langevin, Stephanie and Chris Ulinski, Dr. Nathan and Kimberly Thibault, Keith Thibault, Nicholas D. Murray, Benjamin P. Murray and 12 great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Thibault, James Thibault, Emma O’Bierne, Emma Thibault, Gina Thibault, Livia Thibault, Leo Thibault, Charlotte Zisholtz, Ella Ulinski, Aleks Ulinski , Mila Ulinski and Isabelle Thibault .
Letters from their Gramma, Gram, Great Gram were lovingly written, sent and treasured by each one at every milestone in their lives. Her numerous nieces and nephews will miss Aunt Jeannette.
Jeannette was predeceased by her husband, Norman J Thibault, brothers Norman Gariepy, Leo Gariepy, sister Doris (Dot) DiRusso and grandson Daniel J. Thibault.
Her family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Leominster Hospital, Sterling Village, Leominster Crossings, and Mass. Hospice for their compassionate care and wonderful kindness.
Her children will receive friends and family for a period of Visitation on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 from 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM at Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg, MA
A burial will follow at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen St., Winchendon, MA 01475 .
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Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor, and Melissa A. McQuaid, Funeral Directors