LEWISTON – It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Irene (Hamann) Gagné, passed away suddenly at Central Maine Medical Center on Thursday, June 9, 2022. Irene was born in Lewiston on August 14, 1927 to Eloi Hamann and Josephine (Larochelle) Haman. She attended St. Peter’s School and Higher Course.
She then worked at Kresge for many years, where she met the love of her life, Guy E. Gagné. They married on September 4, 1950 and spent 60 years together, until Guy’s death in January 2010. They raised their four children in Lewiston and later moved to Greene.
Irene was a woman of integrity and very strong faith. She was a communicant at the Saint-Pierre church then at Notre-Dame du Rosaire. She was a loving guardian to many of her siblings.
During her marriage, she took care of many children and then worked for Bill Davis of Lisbon Street, as a cook and waiter for over 25 years.
She and Guy, along with her sister Jeanne and her husband Fern, owned and operated Seaside Cottages in Wells Beach for 15 years, from 1967 to 1982. It has been the family’s summer vacation spot for five generations for 69 year.
Being the 11th of 12 children born, family has always been at the center of her life. His home was always a place of welcome, comfort and laughter for all who entered. She loved music, singing, dancing, playing cards and especially her Sunday dinner with her family. His motto was “Make your own pleasure”.
Irene is survived by four children, Claire (Roger) Gervais of Wales, Gerald (Ann-Marie) Gagne of Lewiston, Richard Gagne of Greene and Lorraine Melendy of Mechanic Falls; ten grandchildren, Michael (partner Tracy) Gervais, Anne (Arthur) Borkwood, Jennifer (Brett Pellock) Gervais, Daniel (Britta) Gervais, Lynne Gervais, Alison (Josh) Severy, Andrew Gervais, Jonah (Lisa) Chasse, Danielle (Andre) Marquis and Michaela (Benjamin) Rines; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She also leaves to mourn her brother-in-law John (Jeanne) Gagné, her sisters-in-law Véronique (Gagné) Thibault, Helen Gagné, Priscilla (Ronald) Maxim and Nancy Gagné; and many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Besides her parents and her husband, Guy, she was predeceased by her first-born, Richard R. Gagné; brothers, Fernand, Marcel, Henri (Rita), Robert (Annette), Jean-Louis (Anita) and Emilien Hamann; sisters, Alice, Imelda and Marguerite Hamann, Germaine (Wilfrid) Dulac and Jeanne D’Arc (Fernand) Pelletier; in-laws Wilda and Elise (Wiriot) Gagné; brothers-in-law Lucien B. Gagné and Raymond (Géraldine) Gagné; and a sister-in-law Lorraine (Albert) Dinardo.
A funeral mass honoring the life of Irene will be celebrated on Friday June 17, 2022 at 11 a.m. at the Basilica of Saints. Peter and Paul (upper church). Interment services will then follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 16, 2022 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Pinette Dillingham & Lynch Funeral Home 305 Alfred A. Plourde Parkway in Lewiston, 784-4023.
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