Mrs. Lillian M. French, 84, of 222 Jefferson Ave, peacefully passed away on Saturday afternoon, December 31, 2011 surrounded by her family at the St. Regis Nursing Home, where she had been a resident since October 7th.
Lillian was born August 26, 1927 in Massena, the daughter of the late Osias J. and Pauline L. LaMarche Seguin. She graduated from Massena High School in 1945. On December 9, 1946, she married Gordon L. French at the Church of the Sacred Heart with Rev. Gerald F. Kellogg, officiating. Gordon predeceased her on September 27th.
Lillian was a homemaker who once worked as a secretary in the US Government Offices in Washington, DC. She also worked for a short time as a secretary with WMSA Radio, the Unemployment Office and Alcoa. Lillian was an avid golfer, belonging to the Massena Country Club and the Women’s 9-Holers. She was awarded the Women’s Champion in 1977. She also was awarded many championships for her great bowling skills. She enjoyed doing seamstress work, traveling, reading, writing, and visiting with her friends and family. Lillian loved to have fun and live life.
She is survived by her five children and their spouses, Nancy and David Faucher, Larry and Connie French, Janet and Timothy LaMay, Lee-Anne and Robert Flaro, all of Massena and Perry and Lindsay French of Lexington, KY; her 12 grandchildren, Patrick, David, Kyle, Joshua, Julie, Judd, Brian, Cory, Hayley, Preston, Allie, and Chandler; 12 great grandchildren; three sisters, Pat Catanzarite of Rochester, Georgette and Joseph Perry and Audrey and John Armstrong, all of Massena; her sister-in-law, Rhea Sequin of Venice, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sister, Yolande Sequin; and two brothers, Norman and Jack Sequin.
Friends may call Thursday 6-8 p.m. at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. J. Michael Gaffney, celebrating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Massena.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley or the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Condolences may be made online at www.donaldsonfh.com.