1924 – 2016
Madelaine A. (Benoit) Palardy, 92 passed in the early morning hours of November 26, 2016 of natural causes.
Born January 24, 1924 she was the daughter of Clement Benoit and Mary Louise Bernard Benoit. Raised in the North Grosvenordale section of Thompson Connecticut she attended St. Joseph grammar school under the tutelage of the Sisters of Holy Cross. Regrettably she could not attend high school since in those days work was the next step in life.
Her first job was in the local Cluett Peabody Mill like so many in this French-Canadian mill town. In 1944, through a relative, she met a returning WWII army sergeant, Ephreme Joseph Palardy from Rogers, CT. They were married in June 8, 1946 at St. Joseph Church in North Grosvenordale.
Madelaine and Joe made their home in Grosvenordale and Quinebaug and had spent nearly 20 years on Cape Cod after Joe retired from the Prudential Insurance Company. With memory failing. Joe lived to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a home mass at the home of their granddaughter Becky West on the Cape presided by Fr. Ed Healey. Joe passed on December 16, 1997 two weeks after they returned from their retirement home due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
Mom and dad hosted many a summer picnic and nights at the Drive-in from their porch in Quinebaug for the Sisters of Holy Cross and her aunt and cousins of the same order. Joe and Madelaine were both involved in fund raising for all the parishes they had lived in. Madelaine worked in both the Grosvenordale and Quinebaug post offices, sold Avon for many years and volunteered at Day Kimball Hospital after Joe passed. As a housewife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother Madelaine was a talented self-taught seamstress and pianist—but loved playing the organ most of all.
Her proudest accomplishments were the 25 years she devoted to being a CCD instructor at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Quinebaug, CT and in Pius X Parish on Cape Cod.
Madelaine and Joe leave one daughter Susan (Patrick) Collins of Griswold where she lived her final years up to two months before she died in the loving care of the Matulaitis Nursing Home in Putnam. Her three grandchildren provided her with great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; Rebecca (Brian West) and their sons, Joshua and Benjamin and their wives Sheena and Kayla all of Cape Cod; David (Lynn) of Brooklyn CT.; Daniel (Charleen) and their sons Joseph and Michael of Colchester CT. Three great-great grandchildren, Jacob West (Ben); Evelyn and Levi West (Joshua) of Cape Cod as well as two step grandsons, Ryan and Nickolas Perreault.
Our thanks to the staff of Matulaitis for their kindness and concern during her short stay and especially for the loving concern the night she passed.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday December 16, 2016 at 11:00AM at St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT. Burial to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Donations in her name to may be made to Sisters of Holy Cross Development Office 377 Island Pond Road Manchester, NH 03109-4811.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman-Valade Funeral Homes & Crematory. For memorial guest book please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.