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Fern Goulet, 86 of Lawrence, MA died Saturday the 28th of September, 2019, of natural causes, at the Berkeley Nursing Home. She was predeceased by her parents Leona & Ernest Theberge, her husband Joseph Goulet, her brothers Raymond Theberge and Richard Theberge, her sisters Linda Connolly, Doris Ford and Carole Cruchshank, and her son Matthew Goulet.
Fern is survived by her sons David Goulet, Stephen Goulet, Thomas Goulet and Mark Goulet and her daughters Nancy Clover and Lisa Betit. She adored her grandchildren Kyle & Kelly Goulet, Brenton Crossen, Joseph & Teri Clover and Aaron & Meghan Goulet.
Fern graduated from St. Anne’s Grammar school and followed through to St. Anne’s High School and graduated in 1951. She remained in touch with life long friends that she went to kindergarten with; A testament to how truly important her friends were to her. She started her transition from homemaker to career woman by volunteering for the American Red Cross Blood Services Division, convincing people to donate blood with nothing more than the power of kind persuasion. Her children would call it “mom's guilt trip”. She moved on to work as a career administrator for the Red Cross, and transferred to the Red Cross Aid to Military Families Division. She was presented with a career achievement award by American Red Cross director Elizabeth Dole upon her retirement.
After her retirement she and Joe became “snow birds”, spending winters in Apollo Beach, Florida, to be close to Kyle and Kelly, 2 of her beloved grandchildren. Summers were spent on Big Island Pond in Derry, New Hampshire, again to be close to family and grandchildren Teri, Joey, Aaron and Meghan.
Fern was involved with many organizations over her lifetime. She was a skilled crafter before her time. She made beautiful pinecone wreaths and donated them to the PTA’s and Churches to raffle at the Christmas bazaars. She was an active member of the Big Sister, Little Sister Program for years and truly made a difference in young lives. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society, and with that organization used her cooking skills to raise money for charity at the annual strawberry short cake sale. Fern was a chronic bargain hunter and yard saler and used those skills to volunteer at the church rummage sales and white elephant tables.
Fern loved to host company at her home on Big Island Pond, often serving up big pots of shepherd’s pie, spaghetti & meatballs or chili along with whimsical stories of her childhood with her siblings growing up during the depression. Later in life she loved watching the Red Sox & Patriots from her recliner and was a voracious reader of historical books and novels of any kind throughout her life. Fern has a large community of friends and family who will miss her dearly.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 3rd, followed by a service at 7:00 PM at the Dewhirst and Boles Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844 (978-687-1333)
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Berkeley Retirement Home Resident Activities Fund.