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Gertrude (Piché) Connor

April 2, 1924 ~ March 5, 2024 (age 99) 99 Years Old

Gertrude Connor Obituary

HOOKSETT-  March 5, 2024 was God’s plan for me to leave this world, so on that day, Jesus, my husband Jim (“Dad”, as I affectionately called him) and my daughter, Darlene Anne came calling and brought me home.

I was born Gertrude Victoire Piché on April 2, 1924, to Anna Morgan and Bruno Piché.  I am of Irish and Canadian descent.  My grandfather was born in Ireland and my father was from Canada.  I was the third of six children, born on Highland St. in Hooksett and grew up in that home until I met my husband and we got married.

There was a Catholic School in Hooksett that I attended until third grade, when it was destroyed in the Flood of 1936.  I later attended the Hooksett Village School from fourth through eighth grade.  I then attended Pembroke Academy for one year, but needing to find some work, I left high school and later completed my GED in 1986.

I met the love of my life in the mills in Suncook.  Jim taught me my job and we started going out.  He joined the Navy Seabees during the war and when he came back from the Aleutian Islands, we were married on April 14, 1945.  I then followed him to Oregon for a short while.

We moved back to Hooksett and built our home in 1952 on my father’s vegetable garden on Granite St.  We lived there for 73 years and worked very hard together on our home.

I worked at Pandora Mills in Manchester for 44 years as a merrow operator making sweaters.  I didn’t belong to any clubs or organizations, with the exception of a short while with the Catholic Women’s Club.  I enjoyed sewing my children’s clothing as they grew up.  Later in life, Jim and I were in the Hooksett Minstrel Shows, the Hooksett-ites (senior group in Hooksett,) Square Dancing, to name a few.  Jim and I also went on vacations.

Jim and I were married 78 years.  He passed away on April 13, 2023, less than a year ago.  He was 99 years old and I was 99 years old, missing 100 by less than a month.  I would look at his picture and ask him why he didn’t take me with him.  I’d call his name in the middle of the night and while sleeping, I asked if he was under the bed.  I missed him so.  I missed the laughter, the joking around and just being with him.

I am the last of my generation, being predeceased by all my siblings.  In order of age was Rita Piché Hebert, Valarian Piché, Homer “Jack” Piché, Edna Piché Hemeon and Armand “Pete” Piché.

Jim and I had three children, Sharon C. Baker and her late husband Gary of Contoocook, Darlene Anne Connor, and Karen Connor-Yearke and her husband Eric. Our middle daughter passed to see Jesus the same day she was born.  My two daughters gave me 3 grandchildren, Jason John Carrier, Jamison Thomas Carrier and Katryn Connor Baker Friske.  I have three great-grandchildren, Connor James Carrier, Kaeding Palmer Friske and Auden James Friske.  I also had many nieces and nephews.

We miss our mother and father dearly.  Losing both in one year seemed to be too much but God blessed us with parents with a long life.  We were privileged to have them so long.  The song “Come Fly With Me” will be a song we will never forget.  Oh we miss them.  Mom and Dad have a grand new life together.  Now, Darlene has a chance to know and love them as much as we did.  Their great granddaughter, Auden, who is 8, says that “Peperé and Memeré are up in heaven flying around on their second honeymoon.”

We would like to thank Dr. Alan Stein and Dr. Monique Larouche for their great care and bedside manner.  Thanks also to The New England Heart Institute at CMC, Ray Caron, RN from Granite VNA Home Hospice for being there when we needed him, and finally the Granite VNA Hospice House, where they accepted Mom for respite.  She was to come home to us on March 7th but never made it.  She passed in a place where they did a great job of caring for her and making her comfortable.

There are no calling hours.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 16th at 11 A.M. in Holy Rosary Church in Hooksett.  Burial will follow in Holy Rosary Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Gertrude's memory may be sent to the Granite VNA Hospice, 30 Pillsbury St. Concord, NH 03301.  Assisting the family with arrangements is The Roan Family Funeral Home of Pembroke.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.roanfamilyfuneral.com

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Services

Funeral Mass
Saturday
March 16, 2024

11:00 AM
Holy Rosary Church
21 Main Street
Hooksett, NH 03106

Burial
Saturday
March 16, 2024

Holy Rosary Cemetery
21 Main Street
Hooksett, NH 03106

Donations

Granite VNA
30 Pillsbury St., Concord NH 03301
Web: https://www.granitevna.org/donate

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