1940 – 2020
Putnam – Pauline (Ziemski) Fontaine, 79, of Woodside St., passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Day Kimball Hospital. Born in Dudley, MA, she was the daughter of the late John and Kathryn (Quigg) Ziemski, Sr.
Mrs. Fontaine worked as a teacher’s aide for 22 years at Thompson Day Care. She also worked as a prep-cook for Marianapolis Preparatory School. She was the co-founder of Mountaineer Family & Friends, country band. She sold Tupperware and donated her time to NECT Relay for Life as well as many other benefits and charities. She was the recipient of the N.E. Country Music Club Hall of Fame Award and previously served as their alternate trustee to their board. She was the youngest of eight children and was always known to be late for everything. She was known for the red lipstick she would leave on men’s foreheads as a sign of her love.
Pauline is survived by her daughters, Marion Appleton of Southbridge, MA, and Linda Fitzgerald of Putnam, CT; her fiancé, Lucien Larue of Putnam; her chosen and “older” adopted sister, Lorraine Breton; eight grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husbands, the late Dana McKissick, George Caron, and Robert Fontaine; her son, the late Dana “Woody” McKissick; and her siblings, Mary Champagne, Margaret “Margie” Shaffer, Dorothy “Dot” Tremblay, Jane Ziemski, John Ziemski, Jr., Thomas Ziemski, Sr., and Edward Ziemski.
Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Pauline’s kind, compassionate and unselfish spirit from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday May 2, 2021 in the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St, Putnam, CT. followed by a funeral service at 2:00 pm in the funeral home. Burial will take place in West Thompson Cemetery and conclude with a Celebration of Life at the American Legion in N. Grosvenordale.
Memorial donations may be made to the Relay for Life N.E.C.T. Team Angels in Heaven, c/o the American Cancer Society, 111 Founders Plaza, 2nd Floor Suite 200, E. Hartford, CT 06108. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.