Marguerite Marie Fontaine 90, formerly of Walden and Hardwick, died peacefully on Saturday June 8, 2019, at the Barre Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Barre.
She was born Jan. 5, 1929 in Thetford Mines, Quebec, Canada, daughter of Wilfred J. and Amanda (Robarge) Dodier, and attended Thetford Mines public schools.
In her earlier years, she was employed by her father on the family dairy farm.
On April 1, 1950, she married Fernand Oscar Fontaine in Thetford Mines and stayed at home to care for her family. In 1959, the family moved to Vermont, where she and her husband purchased a dairy farm in Walden. They later purchased another farm in Holland.
Marguerite was a member of St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Hardwick. She enjoyed playing cards, gardening, cooking and especially traveling to Florida for the winter.
Survivors include four children, Claude Fontaine and wife Eileen of Walden, Gilles Fontaine and wife Lynette of Hardwick, Marc Fontaine and his companion Sharon Bissell of East Montpelier, and Lise Kohsiels and husband John of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Sally Fontaine of Walden; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six brothers, Leo, Denis, Maurice, Fernand, Jean and Renaud Dodier, all of Thetford Mines; seven sisters: Jeanette Dodier of Granby, Carmen Dodier of Montreal, Suzelle Dodier, Leona Dodier, Laurienne Dodier and Christiane Dodier, all of Thetford Mines, and Regenne Dodier of Waterloo; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her husband, Fernand, died in 2009. Two sons died earlier, Bruno Fontaine in 2013 and Marcel Fontaine in 2019; and five siblings also died earlier: Simonne Dodier, Edwin Dodier, Erie Dodier, Pierette Dodier and Elyette Dodier.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, June 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Hardwick by the Rev. Francis Privé. Burial will follow in the family lot at Fairview Cemetery in Hardwick. Northern Vermont Funeral Service of Hardwick is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Cabot Emergency Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 32, Cabot, VT 05647.