Saturday, May 24, 2014

Dolores Marie (Trudel) Jodoin

Dolores Marie (Trudel) Jodoin was born to Louis and Margaret (Daley) Trudel of Lowell, MA in 1935, the seventh of eight children. She grew up in Lowell and graduated from Lowell High School. She met the love of her life, Arthur Jodoin, at the “Polish Club” in 1959 and they were married in 1960. They recently celebrated their 54th anniversary. Above all else, Dolores loved being Arthur’s partner and the mother of four daughters – Michelle, Susan, Karen and Denise. She also adored being grandmother to ten grandchildren. Arthur’s work as a textile engineer and plant manger brought them to many locations and so they made homes in Andover, MA; Dublin, GA; Augusta, ME; Winthrop, ME; Dexter, ME, and Poland, ME. They recently moved to Ocoee, FL to be closer to daughter Sue as Dolores’ health declined.
 Dolores loved to be with her family. She and Arthur enjoyed traveling the world and visiting places like Brazil, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico and Costa Rica. She even journeyed to China for the adoption of her granddaughter, Kia. There wasn’t much she wouldn’t try and she could be spotted doing anything from chopping wood to riding a zip line in the rain forest. She had a mischievous side and loved to give people “the business” and play practical jokes. An early fitness and health enthusiast, she was an avid walker and exerciser dating back to the Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons days. She loved the ocean and collecting shells and sea glass and digging for clams. Her Maine grandchildren remember fondly getting picked up from daycare by Mimi in her red sports car. Never one to be predictable, she loved to “keep everyone guessing” and to be creative. She sewed all her children’s clothes when they were young and also enjoyed hooking rugs, ceramics, gardening, pickling and baking.  

Dolores had great intuition and an uncanny ability to figure people out quickly. She had a big heart and enjoyed working as a nurse’s aide in several nursing homes and hospitals caring for the elderly and terminally ill. Unfortunately, all her good habits could not stay the run of bad luck she experienced, and her health steadily declined. Her loving husband Arthur was her full time caregiver for the last eight years and he took extraordinarily good care of her until her death on May 21st in her home surrounded by family. She lived as she died, showing grit, grace and strength. Her legacy of hard work, determination, compassion and fun will live on in her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her sisters Helen Priske, Regina Connors , Dorothy Harrison, Lorraine Sullivan, and her brother Raymond Trudel. She is survived by her devoted husband Arthur, her daughter Susan Lawler and her husband Tom and children Kia, Erik and Kyle; her daughter Michelle LaFond and her husband Peter and children Elyse, Emily and Michael; her daughter Denise Gaidis and her husband Mike and children Erin and Alex and her daughter Karen Jodoin and her partner Betsy Dinger and children Jack and Matthew. She is also survived by her sister Joan Donnelly and her husband Robert of Dracut and her brother Adelard “Tub” Trudel and his wife Germaine of Lowell, and many nieces and nephews.

The family will have a private burial and lay her to rest in her favorite spot in Poland, Maine looking across Tripp Lake and Mount Washington

The family would like to thank Hospice of the Comforter for helping them to keep Dolores comfortable and in her home in her final days. In lieu of flowers, feel free to contribute in her memory to Hospice of the Comforter Foundation, 496 W. Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714


Mattie Jones said...

I am sorry for your loss please accept my deepest sympathy. I hope you will find your strength and comfort in Jesus promises of the earthly resurrection(:Acts 24:15) and the renewed Paradise earth, where death will be no more and no family will have to mourn the death of a loved one.-Revelation 21:3,4; Luke 23:43. May GOD(Psalms 83:18) grant you peace and comfort now during this grievous time.-Matthew 5:4.

Anonymous said...

Dear Arthur, Susan, Michelle, Karen and Denise;

I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Dolores passing. We all loved her spirit and zest for life. Please take comfort in knowing we are thinking of and praying for you during this difficult time. Some of my Dad's best stories were when he stayed with you during his work in Maine!

Love Bob and Evelyn Trudel

Anonymous said...

Uncle Arthur, Susan, Michelle, Karen and Denise;

We were so very sad to hear about the passing of Aunt Dolores. Her smile and that wonderful laugh are what I will forever remember. She was a wonderful woman and always the life of the party!

Our prayers are with you all.

Love, Ginger and Roland (Trudel) Morrissette

Patricia said...

I'm so sorry to read of the passing of Dolores, and send my condolences. Looking at her pictures the first thing I saw was that beautiful smile and the warmth on her face. I could instantly imagine her being the exact way she was described. Jesus said at John 14:18 "I will not leave you bereaved, I will come to you." Praying he will show you his love through caring friends, warm memories, and moments of peace. Praying he will give you whatever your heart needs most right now.

Josh. R said...

I am so sorry for your loss and our heartfelt sympathy to the family. May the beautiful memories shared and God's promise of seeing our loved ones again in the near future grant you peace and comfort at this very difficult time. (John 5:28,29)

Anonymous said...

Dear Uncle Arthur, Susan, Karen, Denise, and Michelle--

I am so sad to hear about Aunt Dolores passing. She was full of life and always knew how to enjoy herself! I have fond memories of her from my childhood and my mother is always telling 'Dolores' stories! Please accept my deepest sympathies and know that I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

With love,
Colleen Donnelly