1930 – 2013
N. Grosvenordale – Rene B. Santerre, 82, of Riverside Dr, died Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the loving husband of Mary V. (Rogers) Santerre. Born in N. Grosvenordale, he was the son of the late Eugene and Alberta (Grenier) Santerre.
Mr. Santerre was a graduate of St. JosephSchool and Ellis Tech. He was a proud veteran of the Korean Conflict serving with the United States Army.
Mr. Santerre was a self-employed mason and owned D & R Masonry & Tire in N. Grosvenordale. He was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed watching NASCAR at the Thompson Speedway. He liked to play both cards and bocce. He was a member of Union St. Jean Baptist, a life member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion, and served as the treasurer of the West Thompson Fire Department. He was a communicant of St. JosephChurch and sponsored many men and women championship softball teams. Rene and his wife wintered in Florida for over 30 years.
In addition to his wife, Rene is survived by his two sons, Daniel Santerre and his wife Nancy, and Roger Santerre and his wife Denise, both of Thompson; his four brothers Leon Santerre of N. Grosvenordale, Norbert “Metz” Santerre of Quinebaug, and Richard and Maurice Santerre both of N. Grosvenordale; his sister, Irene Harvanek of Webster, MA; and four grandchildren, Pamela, Tracey, Alyson, and Andrew. He was predeceased by his grandson, Matthew Santerre; his brother, Gerry Santerre and his two sisters, Cecile Santerre and Theresa (Santerre) Auger.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Rene’s family from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Friday March 1, 2013 in the Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale CT. A gathering will begin at 9:30 am on Saturday March 2, 2013, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am in St. JosephChurch, 18 Main St., N. Grosvenordale. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Community Fire Department, PO Box 874, N.Grosvenordale, CT06255; to Hospice of Northeast Connecticut, PO Box 632, Putnam, CT06260; or to the charity of one’s choice. For the memorial guestbook, visit www.GilmanAndValade.com