ST. FRANCIS and ENFIELD – Bertha Dufour Pelletier, 89, passed away Jan. 31, 2010, surrounded by family at her home in Enfield after a brief illness with cancer. She was born Oct. 16, 1920, in St. Agatha, the daughter of Belonie and Alice (Cyr) Dufour. Bertha married Leonard Pelletier Sr. of Allagash in 1940. They lived in St. Pamphile until 1949, and then moved to St. Francis in 1950. She then moved to Enfield in 2006 until the present. She worked at Fort Kent Telephone Switchboard for 15 years and was simultaneously a part-time, rural route mail carrier from St. Francis to Allagash for 25 years, retiring in the early 1980s. Bertha was a member of Fort Kent Columbiettes, Fort Kent Senior Citizens Club; was active in CCD, was a 4-H Club leader and an active participant in Boy Scout events. She and her husband loved to venture onto the rivers of St. John, Allagash and St. Francis. There she practiced her love for fly-fishing, catching many a beautiful brookie. Anyone who graced her table were blessed with her excellent hospitality and great food, as she was an excellent cook. Bertha is survived by her three sons, Leonard Jr. and his wife, Rena, of Enfield, Gary and his wife, Linda, of Cross Lake and Melford and his wife, Betty, of Wallagrass; one daughter, Jane Pelletier of Winthrop; and one daughter-in-law, Viola Pelletier of Houlton. In addition, she is survived by 17 precious grandchildren and 31 very precious great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers-in-law, Louis Pelletier of Allagash and Maynard and his wife, Nora Pelletier, of Caribou; three sisters-in-law, Evelyn McBreairty of Allagash, Albertine O’Leary of St. Francis and Arlene and her husband, Robert Belyea, of Carlisle, Pa. She was also affectionately known as Aunt Bertha, or Ma Tante, to several nieces and nephews. Her absence will leave a great void in the hearts of all who loved her. She was predeceased by her husband, Leonard in 1991; a son, Roland in 2004; and son-in-law, Robert Dugal in 2003. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by eight brothers and three sisters. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at Daigle & Nadeau Funeral Home, Fort Kent. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Louis Catholic Church, Fort Kent, with the Rev. James Nadeau officiating. Spring committal services will be held May 21, at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, St. Francis. At the family’s request, donations in her memory may be made to Edgar J. “Guy” Paradis Cancer Fund, Northern Maine Medical Center, 194 East Main St., Fort Kent, ME 04743 or Community Health Hospice Service, P.O. Box 208, Lincoln, ME 04457.