MADAWASKA – Surrounded by the love of her children, Antoinette Martin, 88, passed away June 8, 2012, at a Madawaska health care facility. She was born Aug. 27, 1923, in Frenchville, daughter of the late Alsime and Egline (Rossignol) Lagasse.
She attended school in Frenchville. On April 9, 1942, she married Lewis Martin at St. Luce Church, Frenchville, and for 40 years she remained his loving wife, until his death Aug. 25, 1982. As a young woman "Toinette" worked at Daughters of Wisdom Convent, Madawaska. She was a wonderful homemaker and seamstress. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting for family, friends, L.L. Bean and those less fortunate in shelters and orphanages. She loved to ballroom dance and playing cards with her lady friends. A lifelong communicant of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Madawaska, Antoinette was a member of Daughters of Isabella, St. Thomas Circle 546, Les Dames de Ste. Anne and the French choir for 23 years.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Therese Pelletier. She is survived by her sister, Blandine Hussey and her husband, Wesley, of Austin, Texas; her brother, Conrad Lagasse and his wife, Helen, of Fayetteville, Pa.; her children, Claudette Martin of St. Quentin, New Brunswick, Pauline and Douglas Giroux of Madawaska, Louis-Philip Martin of Madawaska, Louise and Claude Cyr of Charles Town, W.Va., and Cecile Martin of Madawaska; three grandchildren, Michel, Josee and Jennifer, who called her "Memere"; and seven great-grandchildren, Elise, Gabriele, Pascal, Maxime, Abigael, Gabriel and Iyrelyn, who called her "Mimi."
A Mass in celebration of her life will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Madawaska, with her son, Louis-Philip, playing the organ, and her son-in-law, Douglas Giroux as tenor soloist singing Franz Schubert’s Opus 52, "Ave Maria" and Robert Lebel’s "A Ma Mere", (psaume 139). Those who wish to pay their respects to the family may do so 9 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the family lot at St. David Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in Antoinette’s memory to St. Thomas Aquinas Memorial Fund. Arrangements have been entrusted to Lajoie Funeral Home. For online condolences, please visit