Dorothée Nadeau (née Côté) was born in the family home in Grand Falls in 1926, the third child and only daughter for Anna Marie (née Leclerc) and Ernest Côté. The family later moved to Edmundston where she grew up, the middle child between two pairs of boys. She learned piano and in school also played the clarinet in the school band.
She graduated with a commercial course which set her up for work as a secretary and bookkeeper. Working at Barbour’s in Edmundston, she met and married Yvon Nadeau in 1949 and began a family with Jean-Paul (Margaret Thomas) and Louis (Rachel). In 1954, they moved to Grand Falls where daughter Léa (Richard Martin) was born.
Dorothée began work at Pirie Co. for several years until she became a stay-at-home mom, cooking magnificent meals for her "big" family. EXCEPT for Dorothée, who remained svelte and fit, and at the time, considered by some to be one of the most beautiful women in Grand Falls. Her children almost all teenagers, she put her skills back to work at the Près-du-Lac for several years, Meubles Devost & Roger Ouellette to finally her last employer, a well-known accounting firm where clients appreciated her professional excellence.
Yvon died in 1997 and with her widowed at age 70, decided to stay in her home. From there, she was excited to go on a couple of cruises with Louis to meet with Jean-Paul who was entertaining on the ships. In 2015, impossible for her to live alone, she moved to a residence in Edmundston, where her last remaining brother at the time lived.
She eventually found a place at the Foyer Notre-Dame in St-Léonard, a special care home where she received the most attentive and loving care from staff that we, as a family, could hope for.
She passed away on Monday February 12, 2024 at the age of 97.
Her children, all survive her along with her three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Interment in the Assumption Parish Cemetery in Grand Falls will take place at a later date.
Arrangements are by O'Regan's Funeral Home Ltd.