1939 – 2023
N. Grosvenordale – Joanne (Smalarz) Gatineau, 83, of Pompeo Rd., died Sunday morning, February 12, 2023, at Westview Healthcare. She was the loving wife of the late Rene F. Gatineau who died on September 22, 2020. Born in Webster, MA, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Agnes (Grych) Smalarz.
Mrs. Gatineau worked as a secretary for the Brooklyn Correctional Center and for the Department of Children and Families as an office assistant. She enjoyed knitting fondly remembered as the “rip out queen”, making nut breads, watching movies, and taking care of her grandchildren.
Joanne is survived by her son, Peter Gatineau and his wife Karen of Biloxi, MS; her daughter, Melissa Notis and her husband Paul of Woodstock; her brother, Paul Smalarz of Thompson; her sisters, Mary Davis of Putnam and FL, and Christine Benoit of Bath, ME; six grandchildren, Rebecca Gatineau, Peter Gatineau. Jr., Kyle Notis, Christopher Gatineau, Jessica Gatineau, and Keira Notis and her daughter in law, Cynthia Gatineau. She was predeceased by her son, Mark Gatineau and her brother, Thomas Smalarz.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 1:00PM in St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT. Burial to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Valade Funeral Home & Crematory, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
Wonderful person, worked with her at Brooklyn. Rest in peace
To all the Smalarz’s my sincere condolences….as you may know Joanne and I grew up in the Swede Village and we grew up together….She was the fastest runner in the village and I swear if we had a track team she might have made the Olympics…Had her children in school and always enjoyed the family…May she and her husband RIP….
My condolences to the Gatineau family. Met Joanne at QVC taking courses for computers. She was just a fun loving person and I enjoyed her company so much. Saw her later in life and she was the same. May God keep her safe on her journey to heaven..
Rest in peace.just spoke w her last week.her and I were on the same floor in the hospital.lots of fond memories and good times at the house.deepest sympathy to Peter and missy.may her and rene rest in peace.phillip
I was so very sad to see this! Very sorry for your loss.
I would like to offer my condolences to the Gatineau family. Pete you and the family are in my prayers, your Exchange family are praying for everyone.
Rest in peace my friend. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Marie Jeanne Despres
Mary and Chris and the Gatineau family, I am so sorry for your loss. May she rest in eternal peace in the presence of Jesus in heaven. Love and prayers to you my friends.
So very sorry for your loss! I had the pleasure of taking care of Joanne at Westview. She was an amazing woman! She touched so many hearts in our facility! I will miss her dearly!!! May she rest in paradise! ❤️
Christopher & Celeste (Therrien) Nelson
We are so sorry for your loss. Joanne was a wonderful lady and always kind and sweet.
suzanne gatineau and robert gatineau
Joanne was the example of an angle on earth! Sincerest of sympathy are sent to all with love and prayers, Suzanne and Bobby.
Theresa L Guertin
Very sad news. I knew JoAnn & her family well. A sweet lady always smiling. My condolences to all of her dear family. May she rest in peace with her husband Rene.
Deepest condolences to Joannes’ family. She was one of the sweetest women I have ever met. She will be deeply missed. Rest in the sweetest paradise Joanne.
My condolences to Melissa, Peter and all the family. Joanne loved her time with her family so very much. Joanne was so supportive to me in the past year. She and my Mom were friends since childhood,
I thoroughly enjoyed her stories of the past!
I am thankful for having a nice visit with her at the Bakery Barn! I will always remember her favorite apple was “ red delicious “.
We are all very lucky to have had her in our lives!
Rest In Peace my friend.
I am so sorry to be reading this………JoJo was a co-worker at BCI, and a true friend. Sorry I was unable to attend the services, but send prayers to the entire family. She loved you all so much and always talked about her family when I was in her company. RIP, Jo! You loved everyone around you with your entire heart,
Missy, your mom was an amazing woman. I’m so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.