MADAWASKA – Jeannine Roussel Dubé Saunders passed away Jan. 26, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Jeannine was born April 21, 1933, in Rivière-du-Loup, Québec, daughter of Albert and Lydia (Grenier) Roussel.
For 42 years she was the beloved wife of Glenwood (Denny) Saunders. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Denis Dubé and wife, Cheryl, Yves Dubé and wife, Cecilia, all of Madawaska, Linda Dubé of Florida, Michelle and husband, Dan Cyr, of Limestone and Glenna Saunders and common-law spouse, Shane Blake, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; and stepchildren, William Saunders and Debra Saunders Rogers of Pennsylvania. She is also survived by one sister, Denise Roussel of Montréal; two brothers, Guy and Roland, both of Rivière-du-Loup, Québec; as well as 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and a very special family pet, Candy. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by one daughter, Francine Dubé, in 1953; five sisters, Ginette, Eva, Marie Paul, Cécile and Micheline; brother, Wilfred, all of Rivière-du-Loup, Québec; and special brother-in-law, who she and Glen took care of for 22 years, Cecil “Bub” Saunders. The family thanks Aroostook Home Health Care, Acadia Home Health Care and all the doctors and nurses in the intensive care unit at Northern Maine Medical Center for their care and professionalism.
Jeannine loved bowling, bingo, playing computer games and listening to music. She enjoyed going to garage sales and spending time with her loving family and friends. Her most memorable achievement was winning the 1983 New Brunswick Provincial Team Tournament with Lionette Dufour, Joyce Ouellette, Jeannette Beatty, Francine Cyr and Gaétane Thériault. It was the first and only time that Edmundston, New Brunswick, won that tournament. She participated in numerous local team and singles’ tournaments throughout Aroostook County and was considered one of the top candle pin bowlers in the area. Jeannine was an excellent cook and often provided meals to neighbors and friends. Throughout her life, she opened two restaurants in Madawaska – Chez Michelle in the mid-1960s; and in the early 1990s, Bridge Street Restaurant. She was most famous for her Italian spaghetti sauce as many will attest to.
A celebration of life service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, where family and friends may offer their condolences 9 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund or Aroostook Animal Shelter.