Fern Tardif Jacques, 1927 - 2015

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Fernande M. Jacques, 87, of Lewiston, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, of rheumatic heart disease.  She was born in Lewiston on June 24, 1927, the daughter of Adjutor and Nelida Dostie Tardif.  Educated in local schools, she lived and worked in Lewiston her entire life. One of her earliest jobs was at Pepperell Manufacturing Company where she met her future husband.  She also worked at Victor’s Food Store and in the local shoe industry.  She retired  from Philips Elmet where she was a machine parts inspector  in 1975 due to her health. On May 7, 1949 she married Raymond A. Jacques at SS Peter & Paul Church. They were married 56 years until he passed away on April 25, 2006. She was a member of Holy Family Church, Prince of Peace Parish.  Her Catholic faith was very important to her and she had a morning ritual of praying for her family and others.  In the last year she was blessed with weekly visits from Melanie Hatfield who would pray with her and offer her Holy Communion. She enjoyed spending time with her family and especially having them come to her home for Sunday dinners.  Her family treasured all the candies she made for family celebrations.  In recent years she enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles, reading, and making the best popcorn for her guests. She read the newspaper each morning and liked to watch Cowboy Westerns and mystery television from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.  She also enjoyed going out to lunch with her dear friends Terry and Ida and others who joined them through the years, calling it “going out with the girls”.  She looked forward to frequent phone calls from her godchild Rosario and cousin Jackie from Berlin.  She was always happy to go to her weekly hair appointments with Kim. She will be remembered as a very dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Survivors include her four children: Joanne Libby and husband Walter; Ron Jacques and wife Kathy; David Jacques; and Lynn Adams and husband Mark ; ten grandchildren: Brian Libby, Nathan Libby and wife Melissa, Adam Libby, Evan Libby and fiancée  Amelia Kiely, Matthew Jacques and wife Bonnie, Kristin Jacques and husband Timmy Ho, Nicholas Jacques , Melissa Jacques,  Morgan Adams and Carolyn Adams ; three great-grandchildren, Owen and Charlotte Libby, and Colette Jacques. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brothers Marcel and Roger Tardif. Fern’s family would like to thank Dr. Jeffrey Brown and his nurse Chris and Dr. Dervilla McCann for the excellent and compassionate care they gave her through the years. It was because of them that she was able to enjoy the highest quality of life possible with her illness until her final days. Also they thank her neighbor Gerald Fox who always made sure that her driveway was shoveled and her lawn was mowed. And in the last two months she appreciated the care she received from Androscoggin Home Care  and Hospice, especially Michelle, Molly, and Cindy.

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Funeral Notice

JACQUES, Fernande, 87, of Lewiston, died in Lewiston on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, May 29, 4 - 8 PM. Service will be  Saturday, May 30, 11 AM, Holy Family Church. Interment, St. Peter’s Cemetery. Donations may be made in her memory to a charity of your choice. Albert & Burpee Funeral Home. 

Monsignor Marc Caron celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial for Fern Tardif Jacques at 11:00 AM Saturday, May 30 at Holy Family Church, Lewiston.  During the processional and the recessional grandson Nathan Libby carried his grandmother’s urn and grandson Evan Libby carried her picture.  Next to the urn at the altar great-grandchildren Owen Libby and Charlotte Libby placed three white roses representing her three great-grandchildren. A reading from the New Testament was read by grandson Nicholas Jacques and the Prayers of the Faithful were read by grandson Matthew Jacques.  Granddaughters Morgan Adams and Carolyn Adams presented the Offertory gifts.  The Eulogy was written and given by daughter Lynn Adams.  Music selections performed by Joshua Hatfield and Ann Colwell included “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”, “You Are Mine”, “Fly Like a Bird”, and J’irai La Voir Un Jour”. Following the Mass, Committal Prayers were offered by Monsignor Caron at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Lewiston.  Family and friends then gathered at Marco’s Ristorante Italiano, Fern’s favorite restaurant, for lunch and fellowship.

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