NORTH ATTLEBORO – Gertrude Mary Roy, 95, of North Attleboro passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Madonna Manor Nursing Home surrounded by her devoted family.
She was the beloved wife of Arthur Roy for 23 years until his death in 1975.
Born October 23, 1920 in Lynn, she was a daughter of the late Dennis and Celeste (Bourque) Saulnier.
Gertrude grew up in Lynn and moved to North Attleboro at the age of 12. She worked at her family’s seafood restaurant, the Fish & Chip Snackery, in North Attleboro and also worked at various jewelry companies in the area. She was a supervisor at Augat-Pylon in Attleboro, a lead assembler at Hoechst Ceramtec in Mansfield and worked at Plainville Stock.
She was also a Red Cross Aide during World War II.
Gertrude loved to knit and crochet. She made doilies, afghans and knitted hats for servicemen overseas. She also loved to bake.
She was a longtime active member of Sacred Heart Church in North Attleboro where she was a member of St. Ann’s Sodality and served as a Eucharistic Minister. She was devoted to her family and was active in many of her children’s activities including volunteering for the North Attleboro High School band when her daughters were members. Gertrude also loved to travel and made several trips with Sacred Heart Church to places like the Vatican and Lourdes and also many trips with her family across the United States.
She is survived by four children and their spouses: Arthur W. Roy, Jr. and wife Jeanne of Ocala, FL and previously of Plainville, Paula H. Thayer and husband Henry III of Wakefield, RI, Joanne D. Gibney and husband Michael of South Attleboro and Patricia A. Lamothe and husband Donald of Spencer and previously of North Attleboro;
7 grandchildren: Audrey Scott and husband Brian, Henry H. Thayer IV, Christopher G. Gibney and wife Alysha, Gary R. Pelissier II and wife Jessica, Geoffrey R. Pelissier and wife Kelly, Jonathan D. Lamothe and wife Samantha and Benjamin J. Lamothe;
8 great-grandchildren: Grace, Abrielle, Madelyn, Ashley, Kelsey, Lauren, Kiran and Jacob;
A sister Helene Joubert of Attleboro.
She was predeceased by siblings Arthur Saulnier, Esther Pinsonnault, Catherine St. Jean, Dennis Saulnier, Jr. and Albert Saulnier;
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, April 7 from 4-8 p.m. in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro.
A funeral will be held from the funeral home on Friday, April 8 at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, 58 Church Street, North Attleboro at 10 o’clock. Burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Attleboro Falls.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Madonna Manor Activities Fund, 85 North Washington Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760 or St. Mary-Sacred Heart School, 57 Richards Avenue, North Attleboro, MA 02760.