VAN BUREN – Patrick E. Pelletier died peacefully Jan. 24, 2014, at the age of 89, at Borderview Rehab, Van Buren. Pat was born March 17, 1924, in Van Buren, to John B. and Rose (Dionne) Pelletier.
Everyone who knew Pat will remember him as a humble, kind, polite, and considerate gentleman; he was always such a gentle soul. He loved spending time at the “family camp” that he built in 1955. Whether it was shoveling the roof in the winter or crawling under the camp to jack it up, he enjoyed it all. Many memorable Charette family reunions and other family gatherings were held at Van Buren Cove. His camp and home were always open to his immediate and extended family. He was often heard saying that there must be a Long Lake in heaven. Most of all, Pat enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved their visits with him. Pat spent 30 years working for Northern National Bank and finished his working career as the bookkeeper/accountant at Borderview, retiring in 1992. He was always as gracious with the public as he was with his family. He will long be remembered by the many people he touched with his friendly smile. He was devoted to his God, lived his Cursillo in 1990 and attended Mass daily. He was seen walking to and from church every day, and people would ask about him when they did not see him at Mass. Pat is a member of both the 3rd and 4th degree Knights of Columbus, a member of the Van Buren ATV club, and a past member of the board of directors of the Abel Morneault Library, and a past member and director of Club 17 camp owners.
He is survived by: one son, John B. Pelletier and his wife, Noreen, of Van Buren; daughters, Ruth Dionne and her husband, Albert, of Caribou, Nancy Ouellette and her husband, Rudy, of Van Buren Cove, Long Lake, Patty Smith and her husband, Wayne, of Woodland, and Leah Levasseur and her husband, Peter, of Van Buren; 11 grandchildren, Todd Ouellette and wife, Katina, Matthew Dionne, Jennifer (Dionne) Plante and husband, Roger, Leslie (Pelletier) Beaulieu and husband, John, Jaime (Ouellette) Girouard and husband, Scott, Monica (Pelletier) Schoenbaum and husband, Michael, Brian Pelletier and wife, Yelena, Elizabeth (Dionne) Quinones and husband, Justin, Eric Levasseur, David Levasseur, and Mark Levasseur; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He will also be remembered by four stepgrandchildren, Ben Smith and his wife, Jen, Stewart Smith and his wife, Sharon, Christy Van Egmond and her husband, Jeff, and Kevin Smith and his wife, Lori. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, “Hub” Huberte Charette, who died in 1995; a granddaughter, Alison Levasseur; his sisters, Martine Pelletier, Justina Marquis, and Alphonsine Curtis.
The family would like to acknowledge Nancy Troeger who provided Pat with so much care and compassion in the past few years. A special thanks is also extended to Claudette Castonguay, Lisa Hebert, the staff at Katahdin Trust Company, and his neighbors at the NorState Federal Credit Union. A very special thank you goes to the wonderful staff at Borderview who worked tirelessly to make Pat comfortable.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at St. Bruno-St. Remi Catholic Church, Van Buren, with Father David Cote officiating. Relatives and friends may greet the family 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, and 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, at Lajoie Funeral Home-Van Buren, 118 High St., Van Buren. Interment at the parish cemetery will be in the spring. Those who wish may make a donation in Pat’s memory to: Martine Pelletier Special Collection Room, care of Abel Morneault Library, 153 Main St., Van Buren, ME 04785; St. Peter Chanel Parish Special Needs Fund, 174 Main St., Van Buren, ME 04785; or Acadian Village, P.O. Box 165, Van Buren, ME 04785. To share condolences online, please visit www.LajoieFuneralHome.com.