Sylvia (Paradis) Gies (1933-2017)

MADAWASKA, Maine — Sylvia (Paradis) Gies, 84, passed away on October 24, 2017, at a Madawaska health care facility. She was born on May 22, 1933, in Frenchville, Maine, daughter of Sylvio and Roselle (Michaud) Paradis. She was educated at Dewey School in Frenchville, at Notre Dame de la Sagesse Convent school in St. Agatha, and then graduated from Husson College in Bangor.

In 1960, she married Raymond Gies from Herrick, South Dakota, who was stationed at Loring Air Force Base. They were transferred to several other bases around the country. Following Raymond’s retirement from the Air Force, together they bought and managed Gies’ General Store in New Sweden for 16 years. They then moved to Madawaska Lake during which time she worked at Miller’s store in Caribou. Later, they moved to Madawaska, where they made their permanent home and later moved into the local health care facility. Sylvia was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Units including Stockholm and Madawaska. She was a communicant of St. Thomas Catholic Church and a member of the Daughters of Isabella.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Raymond; her daughter, Kerstin Pulliam of Fort Kent; two sons, Mark Gies and his wife, Beth and Russell Gies and his wife, Lisa both of MA; four grandchildren, Wanda Pulliam, Allie, Helen, and Joey Gies; her brothers, Bertrand Paradis and wife, Jacqueline of Frenchville, Gerald Paradis and wife, Gaetane of Bar Harbor, Eldon Paradis and wife, Anne of Madawaska; her sister, Cleo Ouellette and her husband, J. Paul of Frenchville; her foster brother, Robert Michaud and wife, Mary of MA; many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Family and friends called at Lajoie Funeral Home, Madawaska, from 6-8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. on Saturday before the service. Interment was held at a later date. For online condolences, please visit

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