Wenham, MA — Jeanne P. Collette, 86, of Wenham, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Emeritus Assisted Living in Danvers, Massachusetts. She was the loving wife of 42 years to the late Raymond L. Collette.
Born and raised in Biddeford, Maine to the late Georgiana and Albert Pare. She was a graduate of St. Joseph’s High School, class of 1945. After graduation she was employed by the Biddeford School system as secretary to the superintendent of schools. In 1960 Jeanne and Ray moved to Wenham, Massachusetts to raise their family. Jeanne was a longtime parishioner of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Hamilton, Massachusetts. For many years, Jeanne and Ray cherished the time spent with their children and grandchildren at the family summer home on Kezar Lake in Lovell, Maine. An avid bowler, Jeanne was active in multiple leagues in the surrounding communities. She was a loyal Patriots and Red Sox fan and enjoyed her trips to Foxwoods. Jeanne was known for her outgoing personality, her love of music and passion for dancing. She brought smiles and laughter to everyone around her and all were welcome in her home.
Known as Memère to all, she will be sadly missed by her four children, James Collette and his wife, Diane, of Wenham, MA, Donna Rogers of Salem, MA, Sandra and her husband, Don Cubbison, of Hickory, NC, and Susan Collette of Atkinson, NH. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Holly (Shawn) Lynch, Katharine (Jeff) Plett, Shannon and Shane Collette, Jessica and Ashley Rogers, Daniel and Joshua Cubbison and five great-grandchildren. She is survived by her twin brother, Arthur (Buck) Pare; her sister, Claire Cassavant and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Cecile Croteau and brothers, Edmund and Norman Pare of Maine; and her son-in-law, Stewart Rogers of Salem, MA.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the caregivers and staff from Emeritus at Cherry Hill of Danvers and Beacon Hospice of Beverly.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visitation will be held at Mackey Funeral Home, 22 Conant Street, Danvers, MA 01923 on Friday, Feb. 21, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., immediately followed by a prayer service at 6:45 p.m. Graveside service will take place on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. at the Wenham Cemetery, Main St., Route 1A, Wenham. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Beacon Hospice, 100 Cummings Center, Suite 222C, Beverly, MA 01915 or Alzheimer’s Foundation by going online at http://www.alzfdn.org or through the mail, to Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th floor, New York, NY 10001. See www.mackeyfuneralhome.com.