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Gertrude B. Janelle

BEDFORD - Gertrude B. (Bissonnette) Janelle, 82, formerly of New Boston, passed away at Elliot Hospital on May 17, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Manchester on Nov. 17, 1930, to Julien and Yvonne (Fortin) Bissonnette, Gertrude touched the lives of those around her with compassion, practicality and wisdom. For the past five years, she had been a resident of Ridgewood Center in Bedford, where she befriended both residents and staff alike.

She had previously lived in New Boston and was married to Albert Janelle, who passed away in 2010. A bookkeeper for Boissoneault Accounting for many years, she had also worked at Ferretti's Market. Upon retirement, she enjoyed helping others by volunteering at the Elliot Hospital Gift Shop. She was a longtime parishioner of Sacred Heart Church and loved spending time with family and friends. Baking, making homemade chocolates and creating cakes to celebrate life's occasions were some of her favorite pastimes. She was very giving, and nobody left her house without goodies for the trip home.

Family members include five sons, Donald Janelle and his wife, Cheryl, of Canterbury, Henri Janelle of Cape Coral, Fla., David Janelle and his wife, Patricia, of Auburn, Raymond Janelle of New Boston and Michael Janelle and his wife, Heather, of Manchester; two daughters, Simone Barry and her husband, Butch, of New Boston and Yvonne Janelle of Pembroke; five grandchildren, Scott, Elizabeth, Hunter, Ryan and Michael; and one step-granddaughter, Shawna; a sister, Fernande Bissonnette of Manchester; and nephews, nieces and cousins.

A memorial gathering will take place at Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 243 Hanover St., Manchester, on Saturday, May 25, from 8 to 10 a.m. with a Memorial Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church. Urn burial will be in St. Augustin Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association , 1 Bedford Farm Drive, Suite 105, Bedford 03110.

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