Obituary: Rita Thérèse Gosselin – Lewiston Sun Journal



Rita Therese Gosselin

LEWISTON – Rita Therese Gosselin from Lewiston passed away on Saturday November 6, 2021 at Montello Manor in Lewiston.

Born at home on October 5, 1925, into a Franco-American family, daughter of Napoleon and Alpha (Côte) Gosselin. Rita was the youngest of three. She was predeceased by her sister, Cécile (Gosselin) Hayman, and by her brother, Lionel, who died in infancy.

Rita was educated at St. Peter’s School, Cours Superior, and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1944. She stated that French was her primary language and was fluent in English.

Rita’s first job was at WT Grant’s in downtown Lewiston, where she filled bags of boiled peanuts for sale and rose through the ranks to office manager. She enjoyed working with numbers and was an accountant for many years in the Bates Mill office, then held other accounting positions until her retirement. She was enjoying her 33 years of retirement every day.

She was a life member of St. Peter’s and Paul’s Church and was strong in her faith. Rita had a long life and lived independently until the early 90s. Her love for music started early and she enjoyed all types with opera and the big band as favorites. Some of his other interests included reading, traveling, tracing his genealogy, and observing patterns develop and change over time. She enjoyed a good circle of long-time friends and had happy memories of the many trips, laughs and stories shared.

Rita was a wonderful daughter, sister and aunt. She is survived by her nieces, Pamela Hayman, Marion Sampson, Linda Ouellette and Linda Hayman as well as her great-great-nieces and nephews.

The family sincerely thank the professional staff of the Manor for their devoted and loving care during Rita’s last days.

Funeral services honoring Rita’s life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 15, at Pinette Dillingham & Lynch Funeral Home, 305 Alfred Plourde Parkway, Lewiston. Commitment prayers to follow at Saint-Pierre cemetery.

Tours will begin at 9 a.m. until service time. Face masks are recommended.

Online condolences and sharing of memories can be expressed at

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Maine

383 US Route One # 2C,

Scarborough, ME 04074

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