1929 – 2015
Putnam – Doris M. Gefvert, 86, of 53 Sabin Street, died Sunday morning, December 13, 2015 at Matulaitis Nursing Home, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in West Warwick, RI, she was the daughter of the late Josephat and Mary (Silva) Charland.
Doris enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, yard sales, trips to Cape Cod, the beach, camping, and bingo. Doris spent much of the last 25 years in Florida relishing the sunny weather, playing tourist guide to her CT visitors and keeping busy with her friends until her illness brought her back to Connecticut.
She was a supervisor for 17 years at Bates Shoe in North Grosvenordale and upon their closing she worked at American Optical in Putnam and Southbridge, MA. She spent 10 years working at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, MA and then put into practice her training as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Doris held CNA positions in both Connecticut and Florida.
She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, coached a team for the Thompson Lassie League, welcomed foster children into her home for many years, volunteered at the St. Joseph Thrift Shop, and worked the polls in Florida as a volunteer.
Doris is survived by her sons; Richard Charron, Jr. and his wife Annette of Scotland and David Charron and his wife Lisa of Thompson; her daughters, Patricia Charron of Southbridge, MA and Cathy Marcoux and her husband Michael of East Putnam. She is also survived by her grandchildren; Criss, Jessica, Nicholas and Andrew and her great-grandchildren; Kayla, Megan, and Jacob.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a graveside service to be held on Thursday, December 17, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in St. Joseph Cemetery 20 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.