Violetta Levesque, 104: Her pork pie, legendary; her life, a gift to loved ones

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MANCHESTER, NH — Violetta A. Levesque, 104, of Manchester, died peacefully following a very brief period of declining health. She passed away at Mt. Carmel Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Jan. 4, 2018, just days before her 105th birthday.

Violetta was a lifelong resident of Manchester, born in the city on January 10, 1913 to Arthur and Maria (Descoteaux) Desmarais. She was educated in local schools. She met Armand J. Levesque, whom she married on February 24, 1936, and spent many years as a homemaker raising her daughter and lovingly tending to her family. Violetta started a career later in life as a Merrow Operator with Pandora Industries, eventually retiring after many years of service. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and knitting, as well as playing cards and Bingo with friends. She was a wonderful cook and her pork pie was legendary among her loved ones, a recipe no one has been able to duplicate.

Violetta is survived by her daughter Helen M. Jolicoeur of Londonderry; grandchildren Kevin P. Jolicoeur and wife Tracey, Alan D. Jolicoeur and wife Tammie, and Ann-Marie Robichaud and husband Ricky; great-grandchildren Cory Jolicoeur, Amanda Jolicoeur, Holly Robichaud, and Jennifer Correia; one great-great-grandchild, Mason Correia. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Armand, and her sister, Althea Rosseau.

A funeral Mass will be held. In lieu of flowers charitable contributions may be made to Catholic Charities New Hampshire, 215 Myrtle Street, Manchester, NH 03104. The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the 4th floor staff and nurses of Mt. Carmel for the compassionate and expert care given to Violetta while in their charge. Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium is assisting the family with arrangements.

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