Helen (Normandy) Chateauneuf age 96 of Lowell passed away on Thursday, November 3, 2016 in Westford House, Westford. She was the wife of the late Roland James Chateauneuf.
Born on July 17, 1920 she was the daughter of the late James F. Normandy and Cecelia (Connors) Normandy.
She is survived by her son Dennis Chateauneuf and his wife Linda (Adams) of Charlestown, her grandchildren, Cameron of Boston, Michael of Allston, Amy of Dedham, Graham of Lowell, Brooke Chateauneuf of Newton and Evangeline Cain of Acton. Helen has several nieces and nephews especially her niece Carolyn Chabot of Westford, who was a devoted and loving caretaker for Helen over the last several years. Helen was predeceased by her son John E. Chateauneuf, grandson Evan Chateauneuf and sisters Rose Wilson and Lillian Farley.
Rites of Catholic Burial and interment are private.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
Westford House Activities Fund
3 Park Drive
Westford, MA 01886
Compassus Hospice, HPCFM
20 Commercial Drive, Suite One
Wrentham, MA 02093 781-255-7077
To All Our Friends and Family,
That day has finally arrived where 96 year old Helen Chateauneuf (she threatened us that she would live to 100) has succumbed to the forces of long life. As difficult as it was to navigate through those final days, one is comforted by the mere fact that she lived (terrorized) for 96 years most of which were of good quality.
Mom was able to spend time with the entire family one day last week before she started to fail. I think that her ability to see all her loved ones was a signal that it was okay for her to move on. Within 24 hours she was barely able to communicate with anyone and was on her way to the nether world (look out nether world)
I spent all night last Wednesday with her observing every labored breath assuming that the next one was the final. It was a very long night. The nursing staff indicated that she was going through the stages of achieving finality and would not regain any level of consciousness. Fair enough I said.
But in typical Helen fight it to the end style she opened her eyes Thursday morning and was able to notice people. She had no head movement and could barely talk. Many nurses visited her to say they loved her and she mouthed that she loved them.
She was in and out of lucidness for a few hours. Once every one was gone she opened her eyes once again. I looked at her and told her I loved her and she said to me that she was dying. Her eyes closed and breathing became challenging.
Approximately 45 minutes later she opened her eyes one more time. I told her I loved her and she looked directly into my eyes and said " bye bye". Once Linda and I left the room for a break she took her last breath. A fitting end.
Helen will be interred in a Catholic Right of Burial on Saturday November 19th. Her remains will be cremated and on the 19th, with family and close friends we will travel as a group from the Concord Funeral Home in Concord, MA. Commencing at 11:00 am to St. Josephs Cemetery in Chelmsford, MA where her ashes will be buried with my Father.
My family is very grateful for all the well wishes and welcomed prayers.
Dennis & Linda Chateauneuf