Constance Croteau passed peacefully surrounded by family and caregivers on Feb 20, 2018 at the Mountain View Community. She was 94 years old.
Connie, as everyone knew her, was born Constance Alma Dubie on April 21, 1923 in Shelburne, Vermont the daughter of Frank E. Dubie and Carrie (Sorrell) Dubie. She graduated from Shelburne High School in 1941. After graduation she worked as an operator and clerical worker for New England Telephone Company living independently in Burlington, Vermont.
On May 1, 1946 she married Garland Samuel Croteau. Connie and Garland had seven children over the next several years and moved to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire in 1963. After all her children graduated from Kingswood High School, she and her husband moved to Melvin Village for 15 years and then back to Wolfeboro. She worked for Hall’s Pharmacy on Main Street for 10 years.
Connie will be remembered for her loving heart, her kindness to everyone she met and her sweet disposition. She loved to knit and sew and made lots of clothes for her daughters, as they were growing up, and her grandchildren of all ages. Her specialty was knitting hats and mittens, to have a hat and mittens knit by Grammie was a special kind of warmth for all her 12 grandchildren. Even her great grandchildren have hats and mittens as she continued to keep each generation of her family warm through the cold winter months.
Her love of reading made her an avid library patron. The librarians at the Tuftonboro Library and the Wolfeboro Library knew her well and often ordered books they thought she would like to read. She was a communicant of the former St. Cecilia’s Catholic church of Wolfeboro. She will always be remembered for her excellent cooking and baking skills. Her pies were famous in her family and not a holiday would pass without her making several for the occasion.
Just before her husband died in 2002, Connie moved to Birch Hill Estates. She had many friends and acquaintances there and enjoyed her neighbors very much. Eighteen months ago she left Birch Hill and moved into the Mountain View Community where she was lovingly cared for by the nurses and care givers. Hospice was also a caring presence for her during her final days.
Constance is survived by her sons; John Croteau and his wife Diane Croteau of Enfield, NH, and Richard Croteau and his wife Jan Helling Croteau of Tuftonboro, NH, her daughters; Nancy Rudolph and her husband Blair Rudolph of Tuftonboro, Ruth Forbes and her husband Cam Forbes of Bow, NH, Susan Poitras of Franklin, NH, Martha Meehan and her husband Mark Meehan of Tuftonboro, NH.
Her grandchildren are Jared Croteau, Becky Croteau and Anna Croteau of Enfield NH, Maggie Murray of Wolfeboro and Hannah Croteau of Tuftonboro, Caleb Rudolph of Moultonboro, and Allison Weller of Boston MA, Ben Forbes of Pembrook, NH, Chris Poitras of Franklin, NH, Sara Poitras, Kim Martin of Wolfeboro, Adam Meehan of Colebrook, NH. She had nine great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her daughter Mary Croteau, her husband Garland Croteau and her son-in-law David Poitras.
Calling hours will be posted at Lord Funeral Home website. Private burial will be held in the spring at Lake View Cemetery. If you wish to express condolences or leave a fond memory please visit, www.lordfuneralhome.com.