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Ridgewood honors volunteers, woman who died in accident

MADAWASKA, Maine — Ridgewood Estates honored its volunteers on June 8 with a special luncheon at the residential care facility, where the staff also recognized the volunteer who died last month, Gloria Rouleau, with a glass rose on the altar in the room.

Staffers and administrators — Paula Gendreau, Jackie Cyr, Theresa Guerrette, Jackie Roy, Nola St. Pierre, Jen Hassle and Karen Muller — became the servers for some 70 volunteers during the luncheon. The menu included grilled salmon, chicken, pot roast, potatoes, salad, bread and dessert.

During the lunch, the staff raffled off gift cards to Tim Hortons as well as potted flowers. Lisa Pelletier, Paula Gendreau, and Jackie Cyr decorated the activity room, according to Gendreau.

“We just have to thank all the volunteers because without them, a lot of our activities wouldn’t happen,” Gendreau said.

She those volunteers provide a range of services from playing music, calling bingo games, decorating the facility and just helping where they can.

The group also remembered and honored long-time volunteer Gloria Rouleau, 84, who was struck and killed by a company vehicle as it was backing up in the parking lot of the facility. No charges have been brought upon the driver, according to Madawaska police.

“We placed a beautiful glass rose on our altar in memory of Gloria,” Gendreau said.

Jackie Cyr and owner, Jackie Roy, said last month that Rouleau was a great volunteer and someone who took care of all of the residents and staff alike.

“We placed a special rose on the altar in memory of her and to honor her for all the great work she did as a volunteer,” Roy said.

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