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June 5, 1945 - October 2, 2016
Lise C. Guillemette, 71, of Cloquet, formerly of Chicopee, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at home with her best friend, her daughter, by her side following a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.
Lise was born the seventh of eight children in Fortierville, Quebec, Canada on June 5, 1945, to Augustin and Alice Baril. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 8 following the death of her mother. She was raised by her uncle, Oliver Champoux, in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and graduated from Chicopee Comprehensive High School in 1964.
At the age of 19, she relocated to Grafenwoehr, Germany, and spent several years there working for American Express International and for the Education Center of the Department of the United States Army. She had an enduring love of travel, having visited 13 different countries and numerous states over the course of her life.
Upon her return to the United States, she embarked on a 37 year career with the Social Security Administration, working out of the Holyoke, Greenfield, and Springfield, MA offices. She truly enjoyed her work, and was especially proud of the time she spent mentoring new employees. She received multiple awards during her time with SSA, including the Regional Commissioner’s Citation.
Lise’s greatest source of joy, however, were her roles as a mother and a grandmother. She was a loving, tirelessly devoted parent and grandparent, to the very end, and she will be incredibly missed by her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, adoptive father, and her brothers Andre Baril and Jean Baril.
Lise is survived by her daughter, Carolyn (Guillemette) Jahr, son-in-law, Justin Jahr, and beloved granddaughters Adeline and Everly Jahr, all of Carlton. She will be greatly missed by her little sister, Michelle (Francois) Legault, nieces Veronique and Virginie Legault, and her brother Rosaire (Odette) Baril, all of Quebec, Canada; with whom she was especially close. She also leaves many cherished nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
A private celebration of life is planned.
The family would like to thank Dr. Colleen Evans, Dr. Stephen Kuross, Dr. Dean Fox, Dr. Mark Munson, Anne Skwira-Brown, CNP, and all of the physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and staff of the St. Mary’s oncology/palliative care floor, infusion services, cancer center, and hospice services for the incredible gift of time and comfort they afforded Lise and her family.