Jeanne D’Arc Paradis (1953—2018)
FORT KENT, Maine — Jeanne D’Arc Paradis, at age 65, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2018, after a long struggle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family at the Aroostook House of Comfort in Presque Isle. She was born on February 6, 1953, the eighth child of 12 born to Lucien and Marie Paradis.
She graduated from Polaski High School in New Britain and received a scholarship to further her studies. Through her life she worked at various jobs in CT. After developing mental health issues she returned to Maine.
Jeanne was close to all her brothers and sisters and to her beloved pets, Camy the cat and Chris the morning dove. Jeanne had many friends who will dearly miss her. Although Jeanne struggled with health problems throughout her life, she was always available to help her friends with shopping doctor’s appointments, financial aid, and visitations. She was a generous donor to several charities such as St. Jude’s and Boy’s Town. She was a member of First Baptist Church in New Sweden, the Red Hat Society of New Sweden, and the Frenchville VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She loved animals and she volunteered at the pet center in Caribou. Jeanne was also an artist and was commissioned by local business and others to create special oil paintings. She enjoyed doing various types of crafts. Many have and are enjoying her crocheted, knitted, and quilled items. She was a passionate bingo player and enjoyed participating with friends and family.
She was predeceased by her parents, Lucien and Marie Paradis, and four brothers, Gerard, Leonard, Sylvio, and Roger Paradis. She is survived by three brothers, Ben and his wife, Nancy, of Cross Lake, Camille of Gordonsville, TN, and Paul and his wifem Ann, of Somers, CT; four sisters, Jeannine and her husband, Greg St. Peter, of Cross Lake, Dawn (Aurore) Frasier, Christine Abucewlcz, and Theresa and her husband, Joseph Mattheeussen, all of New Britain, Conn. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at Lajoie-Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent. Graveside services will follow in the St. Luce Catholic Cemetery, Frenchville.
Those who wish in Jeanne’s memory may donate to the VNA Home Health Hospice, 18 GFreen Hill Drive, Presque Isle, ME 04769.