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Obituary: Eva M. Melanson

Published October 2015

Date of Birth: Saturday, May 26th, 1917

Date of Death: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Funeral Home:
Boucher Funeral Home

110 Nichols Street
Massachusetts, UNITED STATES

Eva Marie (Bourgeois) Melanson, 98, of Gardner, died peacefully Thursday, October 22, 2015 in Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Gardner, following a brief illness.

She was born on May 26, 1917 in Rogersville, NB, Canada, the daughter of the late William and Marie (Robichaud) Bourgeois. Eva moved to Gardner with her family in October of 1960.

She was employed for many years by the former Heywood-Wakefield Company of Gardner as a finisher, retiring in 1979.

Eva was a member of Annunciation Parish/Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church. She was a dedicated volunteer for the annual parish Bazaar and also volunteered weekly at the Marie Rivier Adoration Chapel.

Her passions were spending time with her grandchildren, exercising and swimming at the Fitness & Wellness Center at Mount Wachusett Community College until the age of 95. Eva had many friends at the Fitness & Wellness Center, and she inspired them all to be as active as she was. Her dedication to keep in shape was always one of her hobbies, along with reading and playing her favorite game Rummikub. Eva was also an active supporter of the Gardner Food Bank held at Stop and Shop for many years.

She was preceded by her husband of 55 years, Ernest J. Melanson, who died in 1991; her daughter Norma A. Frigon who died in 2001; her son Donald D. Melanson who died in 2014; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one great-great-grandchild; and eleven brothers and sisters.

Eva leaves three daughters; Anita M. Caisse and her husband Francis of Ashburnham, Doris M. Vienneau of Gardner, Donna D. Dion and her husband Wayne of Estero, FL; and special daughter-in-law, Claudette Melanson of Leominster. Eva also leaves ten grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, October 28th from the Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols Street, Gardner with a Mass at 11:00 a.m. in Annunciation Parish/Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner. Burial will be held in Notre Dame Cemetery.

A calling period will be held Wednesday, October 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made, in memory of her only loving son Donald D. Melanson, to Compassionate Care ALS, PO Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574.