WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Mike Michaud’s mother died Wednesday in Millinocket, according to a statement issued by his office.
A resident of Medway, Geneva “Jean” Michaud was 79 at the time of her death, according to a press release from Michaud’s Washington office.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jean Michaud, 79, loving mother of Congressman Mike Michaud and his five siblings and grandmother to 11 grandchildren, who died peacefully from natural causes Wednesday morning at Millinocket Hospital,” the release said.
Jean Michaud was born Oct. 11, 1934, in Ashland. She loved the Red Sox, gardening and family gatherings, according to her obituary.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Michaud family and out of respect for their loss we ask that any calls or inquiries be directed to his office,” the statement said.
“As families across Maine gather to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the congressman wishes to express his deepest appreciation for the support he’s received and respect for his family’s privacy and wishes everyone a very safe and happy Thanksgiving,” the statement added.
Sen. Susan Collins offered her condolences Wednesday night to Michaud and his family.
“Mike Michaud and his brothers and sisters are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time as they grieve the loss of their beloved mother,” she said.
Sen. Angus King also expressed his condolences: “I am saddened to learn of the passing of Jean Michaud, who by all accounts was a warm and loving woman, and whose kindness and generosity touched the lives of those fortunate to know her.
“Indeed, all who knew Jean recall with great fondness her sense of humor, her love of politics and public service and her unflagging desire to help others,” King said. “Her devotion to her friends, to her community and above all, to her beloved family is and always will be a testament to her extraordinary character. Maine has certainly lost a dear friend today.”
According to her obituary, friends are invited to visit with the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Lamson Funeral Home at 17 Western Ave. in East Millinocket.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Christ the Divine Mercy Parish at St. Peter’s Catholic Church at 58 Cedar St. in East Millinocket.
A campaign event planned for Brunswick on Saturday has been canceled, according to Michaud campaign spokesman David Farmer.