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SOUTHBURY, Conn. – Donald F. Ouellette, 84, died May 17, 2011, after a long illness. His wife of 64 years, Joan, died earlier this month on May 2. Donald was born April 17, 1927, in Old Town, son of Francois Xavior Ouellette/Frank Willette and Alphina (Dionne) Willette.

He was born and lived for 75 years in Old Town, attended Old Town schools, and lettered in football and baseball at Old Town High School. He received a degree in accounting from Husson College, Bangor. He enjoyed golf and was an avid gardener, growing potatoes and other vegetables for the whole family. During his prime, he was a great numbers man, adding and subtracting in his head faster than an adding machine. He was a 50-plus year member of Knights of Columbus. Donald was a veteran of World War II and served in Belgium and Germany, and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. He moved to Heritage Village, Southbury, Conn., in 2002, and resided at Lutheran Home of Southbury for the last four years. Don was a longtime communicant of St. Joseph Church, now Holy Family Parish, Old Town, and more recently of St. Teresa of Avila Church, Woodbury, Conn. He was employed by Diamond International and its predecessor companies, including Penobscot Chemical Fiber Co., Old Town, as a wood scaler and accountant for the land management division and retired in 1985.

Donald is survived by two daughters, Catherine Lacadie and her husband, John, of Woodbury, Conn., and Betsey Young of Bangor; three grandchildren, Christopher Lacadie, Scott Lacadie and Lindsay Young Eouse; three great-grandchildren, Katherine, Matthew and Sophia; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Raynard and Lois Ouellette of Florida and Norman and Lois Ouellette of Florida and Connecticut; and his brother-in-law, Charles W. "Bill" Rogers Jr. of New Hampshire. Donald leaves 11 nieces and nephews. The family thanks the doctors, nurses and staff of Lutheran Home of Southbury for their kind, caring treatment of Joan and Donald.

There will be no calling hours. Burial will take place in Old Town at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lutheran Home of Southbury, 990 Main St. North, Southbury, CT 06488. Arrangements are being provided by Birmingham Funeral Home, Old Town, and Green Funeral Home, Danbury, Conn. Notes of condolences may be left at


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