Helen Teresa Niquette Deshaies 1942 - 2011
My paternal aunt, Helen Niquette Deshaies, 69, passed away early this morning, after a brief battle with Pancreatic Cancer. She is the third of my father's siblings to succumb to this disease.
Helen was only a few years older than my sister and myself and was like another sister to us. She will be sadly missed by all in the family and her friends.
Helen was born on January 20, 1942, daughter of the late Maurice and Gladys (Bailey) Niquette, grew up in Chicopee, and was a 1960 graduate of the former Precious Blood High School in Holyoke. Helen raised her family in Holyoke, and worked for many years as a secretary at Blessed Sacrament School in Holyoke. She has resided in South Hadley since 1988, and was an avid knitter and crocheter. She loved "her Red Sox". Most important to Helen were her children, and being a "Nana" to her five grandchildren.
Helen was predeceased by her husband, Raymond J. Deshaies, a Holyoke Firefighter killed in the line of duty in 1982.
Helen was also predeceased by her sister, Dorothy (Niquette) Hamel and her brother, Roger Niquette, both of whom succumbed to Pancreatic Cancer.
She is survived by my uncle, Robert E. Swan of South Hadley, a retired Holyoke Fire Department Deputy Chief, and her children: Dr. Michael and Diane (Cantin) Deshaies, Thomas Deshaies and partner Dano Morris of Vermont, Timothy Deshaies and partner Dr. Darien MacFadden, and Jennifer (Deshaies) Kennedy and her husband Bart; five grandchildren: Elizabeth and Joseph Deshaies, and Justin, Dylan and Ryan Kennedy, her siblings: Robert and Ruth Niquette of FL, Edward and Elaine Niquette, Donald and Marilyn Niquette, Evelyn Couture of FL, her sister-in-law and dear friend, Jeannine Landry, as well as her sister-in-law Jacqueline Niquette. She also leaves her niece, Nancy (Niquette) Brunelle, who is her "angel and twin sister", of CT, her niece and friend, Marybeth Houle, as well as numerous other nieces, nephews , close friends, and her beloved dog, her "baby girl", Molly.
A Funeral service will be held Wednesday morning, October 12, 2011, at 10:00 am in the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke. Burial will follow at Saint Jerome Cemetery in Holyoke. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, October 11, 2011, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Raymond J. and Helen T. Deshaies Scholarship Fund, care of Florence Savings Bank, 85 Main Street, Florence MA 01062.
Published in The Springfield MA Republican, Monday, 10/10/2011