LEWISTON – Madeleine G. Girardin, 83, of Lewiston passed away peacefully on December 4, 2021 surrounded by her children. Her last hours were spent in prayer and song, as the children held her hand until she met her Lord. She smiled during the rosary prayer and added her voice when she could.
Madeleine was born in Lewiston on September 12, 1938, and was the daughter of Thomas Pierre and Bernadette Goulet Grenier. She attended Holy Family School and Lewiston High School, and graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing where she graduated in 1959. She worked at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center upon graduation from his diploma until his retirement, 45 years later. Her first 30 years as a nurse were in the maternity ward, where she was involved in the delivery of thousands of children in the region and remembered most families throughout her life.
Throughout her life, Madeleine was very involved in her faith, not only by helping the Church of the Holy Cross, but also by actively living according to the Beatitudes of the Catholic Faith, by helping countless charities with financial support and volunteering their time and skills. She was steadfast, but also lived a life of grace and kindness. To meet Madeleine was to love her, she was the one to whom everything went when life threw a curve ball. His love and advice went far beyond his children; to cousins, brothers and sisters and friends, who have constantly sought his help, prayers and encouragement. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and had a unique relationship with each. She was their biggest fan, attending sporting events, performing arts and providing rides to endless events.
As a child, Madeleine grew up on North Temple Street in a family of 18 children and for many of those years four sisters, Madeleine, Georgette, Ginette and Marthe shared a bed and clothes. Although they had little wealth, they had a wonderful youth, with the love and support of their parents and each other.
In 1960, Madeleine and Robert Girardin married in a double marriage with her sister, Georgette and Emile Clavet. Madeleine and her siblings spent a lot of time together raising their families. Nieces and nephews are an invaluable part of his extended family.
Madeleine was predeceased by her husband Robert and her son Andrew. She is survived by her five children, LuAnn Labbe and her husband Anthony and their children Deneiges, Robert (Bobby) and Maria; Michael Girardin and his children Hailey, Thomas and Leighton; Joni Girardin (Andrew’s wife) and their children Shayla and Tirzah; Jennifer Perry and her husband Dan and their children Grace, Marinn and Sawyer; ValÃ©rie Racine and her fiancÃ©, Thomas Dupont, and her children Sydnie, Bernadette, Patric and Cecelia; and GrÃ©goire Girardin. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Adeline, James, Stella and Madeleine.
Many thanks to the staff at T3 and Intensive Care at CMMC who provided exceptional care to Mom throughout her stay in the hospital.
Fortin / AUBURN Group visits Friday, Dec. 17 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral Sainte-Famille Church Saturday, Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. Drop off to follow at Saint-Pierre cemetery. To sign the family’s online guestbook, please visit http://www.thefortingroupauburn.com A service of The Fortin Group Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 217 Turner St. AUBURN, 783-8545.
Obituary: Warren E. Keene Jr.