Cecile L. (Rabideau) LaPierre, 90, of Hemmingford Road in Mooers, N.Y., passed away on Sunday, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2017, at the UVM Health Network, CVPH, Plattsburgh, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born May 21, 1927, in Mooers Forks, the daughter of Alexander and Lelah (Poissant) Rabideau. This day marked the successful first Trans-Atlantic flight, flown by Charles Lindberg, who was her life long hero.
Cecile was a devoted daughter, a loving sister, loving and supportive wife, THE BEST mother on Earth to her seven children, the most fun and caring grandmother and great-grandmother, special aunt to many nieces and nephews and friend to so many. She was the matriarch of her extended family with so many seeking her help and advice. In addition to being a full time mother and homemaker, Cecile held a myriad of roles both as a career and as a volunteer. During World War II, she moved to Massachusetts where she worked at a tire company. Upon moving back to Upstate New York, she became an inspector and sewing machine operator at the slipper factory in Mooers. Later she worked as a saleslady at Kresge's, Merkel's and the Border Duty Free Stores. She volunteered as a religion teacher at the St. Joseph Parish in Mooers where she was an active member. She volunteered at Northeastern Clinton Central School (Mooers Elementary and Mooers High School) as a school lunch monitor, cheerleader coach, field trip chaperone (including trips to New York City, Ottawa, and Albany), and cooked meals and chaperoned 6th graders at Lake Clear for the outdoor education program. She also held various roles within the community, including leading a girl scout troop, serving as the Mooers Town Clerk for several years and as an election inspector for village, county, state and national elections. She was a member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxillary, Altar Rosary Society, Mooers Fire Department Auxillary and a Sunshine Girl for the Good Fellowship Club.
During her lifetime, Cecile, a trained Emergency Medical Technician and natural nurse, cared for her parents, brother and children during times of injury and illness. She was always willing to drop everything to travel anywhere in the United States and Canada (Montreal) to see to their care. Cecile was a brave and strong woman who could navigate the traffic of New York City or Downtown Montreal if it meant helping her beloved family. Cecile enjoyed all children and especially enjoyed Halloween and would hand out treats to up to 350 children some years. Without fail, Halloween 2017 at 90, Cecile handed out candy to every child who knocked at her door. She also had an eidetic memory so never forgot any of the hundreds of extended family members and friends' birthdays, anniversaries or other special dates and proved it with a hand written card or letter to each person. Cecile leaves a legacy of love, kindness, good humor and endless optimism that lives on through her family, friends and community. She leaves an enduring sweet memory and a warm heart to everyone who ever met her.
Left to cherish the memory of Cecile and to celebrate her life are her loving husband, Donald H. LaPierre, her adoring children and spouses/significant others: Dennis and Madeline LaPierre of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Donna and James St. Hilaire of Fairfax, Va., Donald S. and Joan LaPierre of Mooers Forks, N.Y., Darryl LaPierre and Cindy Hutchinson of Limerick, Maine, Doreen and Michael Coty of Altona, N.Y., and Deanna LaPierre and William Bull of La Mesa, Calif., and daughter-in-law, Carol LaPierre of Troy, N.Y.; grandchildren and spouses: Christopher LaPierre, Beth and David Wasniski, Jeremiah and Lara LaPierre, Nicholas LaPierre, Heather St. Hilaire and Harrison Dimon, Carlinda and Liam Mahoney, Erica and Thom Tyler, Ellen and Adam Summerer, Cameron Coty and Connor Coty; great-grandchildren: Isaac Wasniski, Finn Mahoney, Aria Mahoney, Alexander Tyler, and Avery Tyler; sister and brother-in-law, Beatrice and Joseph Tetrault of Syracuse, N.Y., brother and sister-in-law, Gilbert and Shirley Rabideau of Mooers Forks, N.Y.; sisters-in-law: Clara Rabideau, Theresa Rabideau, Marcella Rabideau, and Norma Rabideau and 36 endeared nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by adored son, Daniel LaPierre, cherised siblings: Eugene Rabideau, Irene Premo, Hector Rabideau, Raymond Rabideau, Philip Rabideau, Rene Rabideau, Robert Rabideau and Donald Rabideau.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 793 Gilbert Road, Mooers, N.Y. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Anne's Church, Mooers Forks, N.Y., with the Rev. Adrian Gallagher, celebrating. Burial will be in the spring in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Mooers, N.Y.
Donations in memory of Cecile L. LaPierre may be made to: The Mooers Free Library (Brick Project: http://www.mooerslibrary.org/brick-project.html); 25 School Street, PO Box 286, Mooers, NY 12958.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 793 Gilbert Road, Mooers, N.Y. (518-236-4747). To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Cecile please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 26, 2017