Fiskdale...Pauline B. (Fontaine) Suprenant, 94, a longtime resident of Fiskdale, passed away December 20th, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family. Her beloved husband of 65 years, George R. Suprenant, a U.S. Army engineer veteran, passed in 2012. They raised their family in the house they built together. She leaves her children Michael and his wife Lucille Suprenant, Claude and his wife Cathy Suprenant, Joel and his wife Rosa Suprenant, Lisa (Suprenant) and her husband Bruce Remillard, Monique (Suprenant) and her husband John Marinelli all of Fiskdale, and Denise (Suprenant) and her husband Michael Clementino of Andover, CT. She also leaves 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by 6 brothers and 5 sisters.
Mrs. Suprenant was born in Leominster, daughter of Ernest and Imelda (Vigneault) Fontaine, and graduated from Leominster High School, Class of 1945. She was a devoted member of St. Anne-St. Patrick Parish, the former Ladies of St. Anne Sodality, the "Grandmother's Prayer Group," the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Red Hatters.
Upon moving to Fiskdale, Pauline worked as a telephone operator and then at the Colonial Motel. Later she did all of the bookkeeping for the Suprenant family businesses. However, her greatest vocation in life was as a devoted mother. She was known as Ma, Memere, and Aunt Pauline to the children in her family. She especially loved little children so everyone grew up feeling safe and seen. She was kind, lighted-hearted, and had a great sense of humor. All of her grandchildren wanted to be 'Memere's Favorite' but she insisted that she loved everyone just the same.
Pauline was a devout Catholic all of her life and found great strength and peace of mind in her religious practice. She prayed at length every night for all of her loved ones and anyone needing special prayers. As a Christian, everyone was welcome in her home where she was happy to sit at her kitchen table and talk for hours. The house was especially full on holidays where Memere's legendary squares were always served.
Pauline was a people person and had many close friends over the years. in her later life, she enjoyed spending several days a week at the Sturbridge Senior Center, making puzzles and playing pitch and dominoes (chicken feet). She missed visiting her friends during the pandemic and called members of the Senior Center community every day to help uplift their spirits.
Pauline was smart with a quick wit. She stayed sharp playing late-night scrabble. She was also creative and was known for making decorative macrame folding chairs. With the help of the Senior Center, she channeled her creativity into writing a memoir of her life. She had a deep love of music and loved singing her favorite songs from the 40s up until the last days of her life. She especially liked to sing at the Senior Center and was the number one fan of the show "Going My Way" on Catholic TV.
Her family would like to say a special thank you to her longtime caregiver, Kathy, and to the hospice team that supported her in the final month of her life. Especially, Jamie, who also offered tremendous support to her family.
The funeral will be held on Monday, December 27, 2021, from Sansoucy Funeral Home, 40 Marcy Street, Southbridge, with a Mass at 10 AM at St. Anne-St. PatrickParish, 16 Church Street, Fiskdale, MA 01518. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, December 26, 2021, from 4-6 PM.