ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Cecile Dufour Pozzuto, 92, was born July 21, 1921, in Madawaska, St. David, and died Feb. 4, 2014, in the home of her daughter at Ormond Beach, Fla. She was the daughter of Xavier Dufour and Annie Picard and married to George Pozzuto for 55 years.
Cecile lived most of her long life in Madawaska. She graduated from the Madawaska Training School and was a teacher in Madawaska for over 30 years. During that time, while also raising her children, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Fort Kent State College. The ability to accomplish that study was particularly rewarding to her. When the State of Maine legislature was considering whether to extend programs at Fort Kent to include Bachelor’s Degree opportunities, she and her husband traveled to Augusta to testify in support of the programs. Later in her teaching career she championed programs to enhance students’ ability to read. To compliment her passion for reading, after retirement she authored several historical books for the organizations she cherished.
Her Catholic faith and the church were very important to her. She was a reader of scripture at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, a member of the Daughters of Isabella, and attended a Cursillo and remained an active participant in that movement. She took the lead role writing the history of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. Prayer was important for her and she frequently prayed the rosary. Her children all have rosaries that she used.
Cecile and George were very active and life-long members of the American Legion and the Auxiliary. They were both officers for several terms. Cecile authored the history of Thomas O. Cyr Post 147 in observance of its 50th anniversary.
Cecile was proud of being descendant from the first settlers of Acadia, the founding families of Quebec, and the original settlers of Madawaska. Always needing to be busy and having great organizational ability, she was an early member of the Madawaska Historical Society and helped establish the Acadian Festival. She helped write the history of Madawaska for its centennial in 1969 and compiled the pictorial history of “Madoueskak.” She would have loved to be at the Acadian Congress this year.
Cecile had a great love for her family and was blessed with four children, many siblings, nieces and nephews, and a large number of cousins. She gave us a wonderful gift when she wrote her memoires “Au Pied du Mont Carmel.” Because of her vision and appreciation for the past, without her effort many of the stories would be lost forever.
She was predeceased by her parents and husband; nine siblings; her son, Steven Pozzuto; grandson, Anthony Dutkowski III; and son-in-law, Anthony Dutkowski Jr. She is survived by two sisters, Rita Dufour Collin of Maine, and Bernadette Dufour Hein of Pennsylvania; her daughter, Mary Ann Pozzuto (Dutkowski) and husband, Jim Smith, of New Jersey; son, George Pozzuto and wife, Gail, of New Hampshire; daughter, Joyce Pozzuto Pepin and husband, Michael, of Florida; daughter-in-law, Jennie Roche Pozzuto of South Carolina; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She frequently told her children she never thought she would live her final days in Florida. Don’t worry Mom, we’re bringing you home.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by her nephew, George Gagnon of Lindquist Funeral Home, Yarmouth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 2 p.m. Monday, June 2, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Madawaska, and interment will be next to her husband at St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery which is located on land farmed by her ancestors. She told her children that her grandmother, Flavie Martin, said it gave her comfort to know she would be buried in the field she played in as a child. To view a video collage of Cecile’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family, please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com.