WEBSTER – Loretta F. (Gelineau) Jalbert, 93, formerly of Christopher Heights, died Saturday, May 27, 2017 in Overlook Masonic Home, Charlton after a short illness. Her husband of 62 years, Norman E. Jalbert, Sr. died in 2006.
She leaves 2 sons, Norman E. Jalbert, Jr. and his wife Jackie of Council Bluff, Iowa, and Kenneth P. Jalbert and his wife Cheryl Bragg of Webster; a daughter, Rachel L. Sprague and her husband David of Sturbridge; 6 grandchildren, Angela Brown and her husband Chris, Douglas Jalbert and his wife Precious, Sheri Osborne and her husband Todd, Melissa Jalbert and her companion Josiah David, Keith Servant and his wife Christine, and Karen Brousseau and her husband Steven; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Rhea Chauvin of Webster; a sister-in-law, Claire Gelineau of Dudley; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Felix and Roger Gelineau and by a sister, Constance Desabris.
She was born in Fort Pierce, FL, the daughter of Joseph and Henrietta (Noiseux) Gelineau and resided in Webster since 1928. She then lived in Sturbridge for 7 years, returning to Webster’s Christopher Heights in 2014. She graduated from Bartlett High School in 1941.
Mrs. Jalbert worked as a floral designer for over 30 years at the former St. George’s Flower & Gift Shop in Dudley. She also was employed as an accounts payable clerk at the American Optical Company in Southbridge for many years before she retired.
She was a communicant of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church and sang in the church choir. She belonged to the Ladies of Saint Anne. She was an accomplished artist, producing many charcoal and oil paintings. She also enjoyed traveling with her friends and family. They spent many summers at Wellfleet on Cape Cod. Her favorite activity was devoting time her family, particularly the grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Dr. Seidler and his staff, Harrington Hospital’s 2nd floor staff, the nurses and aides at both Webster Manor and Overlook Hospice for the compassion and kindness Loretta received during her illness.
A graveside service will be held on 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 13, at in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Old Worcester Road,Webster. There are no calling hours. Donations in her name may be made to Overlook Hospice, 88 Masonic Hill Road, Charlton, MA 01507. Arrangements are under the direction of Sitkowski & Malboeuf Funeral Home, 340 School St., Webster.