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Official Obituary of: Rolande E. Poirier 09/29/2020

Rolande E. Poirier 09/29/2020

NORTH ATTLEBORO – Rolande E. Poirier, 92, of North Attleboro passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at Madonna Manor Nursing Home.  She was the devoted wife of the late Bernard E. Poirier for 71 years.  
Born July 3, 1928, in Pawtucket, R.I., she was a daughter of the late Lorenzo J. and Lydia D. (Pelletier) Daneau.

Rolande cherished both her faith and her family, making these the center of all she did.  Rolande was a secular Carmelite, known as “Rolande of the Trinity O.C.D.S.”  She was a devoted communicant of Sacred Heart Church in North Attleboro, where she was also a member of St. Anne’s Sodality.  

She was a eucharistic minister at Sacred Heart, at a local hospital, and at Madonna Manor Nursing Home.  Rolande and Bernard participated in a memorable mission trip to Kentucky with 12 children in tow. They also participated in the Christian Family Movement. 

Rolande was a skilled seamstress who made clothing for her children and grandchildren.  Always a positive person and willing to serve others, she would often be found tailoring, repairing and hemming clothing or quilting baby blankets. 

Always enjoying music, Rolande played guitar and organ, and could yodel with the best of them.  She was fluent in two languages and even learned to pilot an airplane.  

She is survived by 15 loving children: Veneta Lorraine-Zeno of Attleboro; Elizabeth M. Poirier of Attleboro; Alice R. Smith and husband, Jeff, of Westwood; Celeste R. Leydon and husband, Richard, of North Attleboro; Andrea J. Lavoie and husband, Allan, of Norton; Bernard A. Poirier and wife, Deryl, of Foster; Paul J. Poirier and wife, Theresa, of Seekonk; Rosalie A. Phipps and husband, Craig Stock, of Wayne, Pa.; Josette F. Crawford and husband, Jack, of Pawtucket; Christopher J. Poirier of North Attleboro; Francis S. Poirier of North Attleboro; Thomas M. Poirier and wife, Luisa, of North Attleboro; Marie B. SaoBento and husband, Dennis, of Warren; David P. Poirier and wife, Karen, of Pittsburgh, Pa., Suzanne J. Perry and husband, Christopher, of Berwyn, Pa. 

She is also survived by 41 cherished grandchildren, and 46 adored great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by six siblings: Patricia Pelletier, Gerard Daneau, Leo Daneau, John Daneau, Madeline Jesanis and Claire Dziadul. She was predeceased by 9 other siblings.
Rolande was dearly loved by all who knew her. 

Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours on Monday, October 5 from 9-10:30 a.m.  A private funeral Mass will be held afterwards with private burial at Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carmelite Discalced Friars U.C. D. S., 166 Foster Street, Brighton, MA, 02135.
 

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  • I am so grateful to have called Rolande a friend. She and her husband Bernie were dear friends of mine for 40 years. They were hospitable, warm and welcoming people. I loved sharing our Catholic faith together in prayer meetings, Mass and just friendly visits. They always made my wife and I feel welcome when we lived in North Attleboro. Their example inspired me to become more authentic as a person and as a disciple of the Lord. That is the greatest gift I received from her and Bernie. Over the last few years our contact with them was more infrequent since we moved to Florida but they were in our hearts at all times. I am sad to hear that she has passed but I also know that she and Bernie are now standing before the glory of God for all eternity!  Deo Gratias!

  • My mom was Rita C Brooks. She was pleased to have introduced your mom and dad to each other. I was also a guest at your home a few times and saw first hand how great the environment was. Your mom and dad were very kind to me, and I am sorry for your loss. John Brooks,Jr.

  • Dear Bernard, Rolande will be greatly missed as you are you as well at the Brookline/Brighton OCDS Carmelite Community. May god bless you and your family with much peace. I said a Mass for Roalnde here at the Monastery toady. 
    May she rest in Pace,
    Fr. Paul Fohlin, OCD

  • Sending my condolences to Veneta, Rosalie, Chris and the entire Poirier family. I remember your Mom, and I wish you all peace.

  • Sincere condolences to the Poirier and Danue family on the passing of Rolande. She was a very special person, mother and friend.  What a legacy of love she has blessed our world with. May she Rest in Peace.
    With love, Bea Melanson.

  • Dear Poirier Family, 
        We are so sad for your loss of Rolande.  Although she now has her wish to be home, we know there is deep sorrow in her passing;  grief for the loss of both parents now that she is at rest. They have left such a beautiful legacy in all of you! Thank you for the ways you keep their light shining in the world.
        We are grateful for the faith & friendship we shared with them. We consider them prayer warriors still with us in the communion of saints but it’s not the same; the funny stories, deep discussions, joyful songs, loving concern…And where else are we ever going to hear a good yodel again?  Our love & sympathy is with all of you as you celebrate Rolande’s life today.  We wish we could be with you in person.  We are most certainly with you in spirit.  
       Our hearts are with you in your sorrow,  Jim & Chris 

  • U r the most beautiful woman I have ever meet. Spending time with ur family has always been  a joy for me. The  Retreat at LA salette shrine at the last minute with ur grandchildren was so much fur i am so glad u gave me an opportunity i will never forget. Love u always Becky reynolds 

  •                         To the Poirier Family
    We send our deepest sympathy to Rolande’s children and grandchildren. She and Bernie were our dear friends for many years, and we have so many beautiful memories of our times together. Rolande enjoyed playing cards and going out to restaurants which we did often. Among her most endearing traits were her love and devotion to God and her family which were evident throughout her life. Rolande was a blessing in our lives and in the lives of many others.  Peace and love, Jack and Mary Jane Burke

  • Veneta and family, I am so sorry for your loss. A mother’s love is always with us  and, reading this, your mother was a remarkable woman! What a legacy of love she has blessed our world with. May she Rest In Peace. Love, Julie 

  • I am am sure that I speak for the entire Kenney Family – She was a lovely lady.  I will miss seeing her smile at Sacred Heart.  What an inspiration she will continue to be for the rest of my life.  Perseverance and faith in the face of any adversity.  Her prayers through her years will continue to bless you all for generations to come.  With love, Colleen Kenney Pusateri 

  • To the Poirier Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Poirier. I have great memories of her and Mr. Poirier at Sacred Heart Church in NA. My parents, Normand and Therese L’Homme, were friends with the Poiriers and my siblings and I had friendships with the kids “our age”. May she Rest In Peace and may she be with her God and with her husband in heavenly peace!

  • Celeste and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
    May each loving memory shine candle-bright, bringing peace and comfort to your heart.

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  1. Celeste and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
    May each loving memory shine candle-bright, bringing peace and comfort to your heart.

  2. To the Poirier Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Poirier. I have great memories of her and Mr. Poirier at Sacred Heart Church in NA. My parents, Normand and Therese L’Homme, were friends with the Poiriers and my siblings and I had friendships with the kids “our age”. May she Rest In Peace and may she be with her God and with her husband in heavenly peace!

  3. I am am sure that I speak for the entire Kenney Family – She was a lovely lady.  I will miss seeing her smile at Sacred Heart.  What an inspiration she will continue to be for the rest of my life.  Perseverance and faith in the face of any adversity.  Her prayers through her years will continue to bless you all for generations to come.  With love, Colleen Kenney Pusateri 

  4. Veneta and family, I am so sorry for your loss. A mother’s love is always with us  and, reading this, your mother was a remarkable woman! What a legacy of love she has blessed our world with. May she Rest In Peace. Love, Julie 

  5.                         To the Poirier Family
    We send our deepest sympathy to Rolande’s children and grandchildren. She and Bernie were our dear friends for many years, and we have so many beautiful memories of our times together. Rolande enjoyed playing cards and going out to restaurants which we did often. Among her most endearing traits were her love and devotion to God and her family which were evident throughout her life. Rolande was a blessing in our lives and in the lives of many others.  Peace and love, Jack and Mary Jane Burke

  6. U r the most beautiful woman I have ever meet. Spending time with ur family has always been  a joy for me. The  Retreat at LA salette shrine at the last minute with ur grandchildren was so much fur i am so glad u gave me an opportunity i will never forget. Love u always Becky reynolds 

  7. Dear Poirier Family, 
        We are so sad for your loss of Rolande.  Although she now has her wish to be home, we know there is deep sorrow in her passing;  grief for the loss of both parents now that she is at rest. They have left such a beautiful legacy in all of you! Thank you for the ways you keep their light shining in the world.
        We are grateful for the faith & friendship we shared with them. We consider them prayer warriors still with us in the communion of saints but it’s not the same; the funny stories, deep discussions, joyful songs, loving concern…And where else are we ever going to hear a good yodel again?  Our love & sympathy is with all of you as you celebrate Rolande’s life today.  We wish we could be with you in person.  We are most certainly with you in spirit.  
       Our hearts are with you in your sorrow,  Jim & Chris 

  8. Sincere condolences to the Poirier and Danue family on the passing of Rolande. She was a very special person, mother and friend.  What a legacy of love she has blessed our world with. May she Rest in Peace.
    With love, Bea Melanson.

  9. Sending my condolences to Veneta, Rosalie, Chris and the entire Poirier family. I remember your Mom, and I wish you all peace.

  10. Dear Bernard, Rolande will be greatly missed as you are you as well at the Brookline/Brighton OCDS Carmelite Community. May god bless you and your family with much peace. I said a Mass for Roalnde here at the Monastery toady. 
    May she rest in Pace,
    Fr. Paul Fohlin, OCD

  11. My mom was Rita C Brooks. She was pleased to have introduced your mom and dad to each other. I was also a guest at your home a few times and saw first hand how great the environment was. Your mom and dad were very kind to me, and I am sorry for your loss. John Brooks,Jr.

  12. I am so grateful to have called Rolande a friend. She and her husband Bernie were dear friends of mine for 40 years. They were hospitable, warm and welcoming people. I loved sharing our Catholic faith together in prayer meetings, Mass and just friendly visits. They always made my wife and I feel welcome when we lived in North Attleboro. Their example inspired me to become more authentic as a person and as a disciple of the Lord. That is the greatest gift I received from her and Bernie. Over the last few years our contact with them was more infrequent since we moved to Florida but they were in our hearts at all times. I am sad to hear that she has passed but I also know that she and Bernie are now standing before the glory of God for all eternity!  Deo Gratias!

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