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Colette L. (Frechette) TessierAugust 19, 1924
Colette Lorette (Frechette) Tessier
Colette L. Tessier, 93, a longtime resident of Tilton and Franklin died December 26, 2017 at the Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen following a lengthy period of failing health. Colette was born in Tingwick, Quebec, Canada, August 19, 1924, daughter of Achille and Marie (Michel) Frechette. Colette moved to the United States in 1938 and became a citizen in 1946. She had lived in the Franklin-Tilton areas for most of her life. She moved from Dalton, NH when she was in the 8th grade. In her 9th grade she moved back to Dalton and completed High School, graduating in 1942. In 1943 she moved to Laconia where she found work at the former Scott and Williams Company, working as a secretary. She married in 1962 and continued her work at Scott and Williams, moving to Tilton in 1966, seeking employment as a secretary at the Arthur S. Brown Co, leaving in 1982 to work at the Arwood Corporation in Northfield, retiring in 1989. She and her husband Andrew lived at River St. Apartments, on Willow Hill in Franklin, returned to Tilton and then to Laconia. Prior to moving to the County Nursing Home, she and her husband lived in the Franklin Senior Apartments.
Over the years, Colette and her husband were collectors of Lighthouse Memorabilia. They made many visits to St. Charles Children Home in Rochester, NH and because of the joy it provided to the children, they decided to donate their vast collection to the Home. Colette was a former parishioner of both St. Paul’s Church in Franklin and St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Tilton, now combined as St. Gabriel Parish. She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Andrew J. Tessier who died in 2012. Her family includes, sons Rene A. Tessier and his wife, Vickie of Tilton, Ronald A. Tessier and his wife, Ella of Rumney and Roger A. Tessier and his wife, Carolyn of Concord.
Eight grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Calling hours will be held Monday, January 1, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road, (584 West Main St.) in Tilton. A Mass to celebrate Colette's life will be held Tuesday at 10:00 AM at St. Paul Church, of St. Gabriel Parish, School St. in Franklin.
Spring burial will be at in St. John Cemetery to rest next to her husband Andrew.
The family would like to thank all of the staff and volunteers at the Merrimack County Nursing Home for making Colette’s final years active and enjoyable. Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Colette's name to the Activities Fund, Merrimack County Nursing Home, 325 D. W. Highway, Boscawen, NH 03303