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Lillian T. Gelinas

Obituary for Lillian T. Gelinas

July 3, 1925 - November 22, 2019
Manchester, New Hampshire | Age 94


Lillian Gelinas passed away on November 22, 2019 after a period of declining health at the age of 94. She was born on July 3, 1925 the daughter of Joseph Adams and Marie (St. Pierre) Adams.

Lillian was educated in the Manchester school system.

On June 5, 1948 Lillian married the love of her life Norman Gelinas with whom she enjoyed more than 71 years of marriage. In May 1954 they purchased their first home together in Bedford NH where they lived for the next 65 years. Together they raised two sons, Mike and Tom.

Mom worked several jobs including in the historic Pandora Mill in Manchester during her early career and at Catholic Medical Center until her retirement where she met her very close friend Rachel Linehan.

Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She created great memories with family on vacations at Hampton Beach. She especially enjoyed visits from her grandchildren.

Lillian was predeceased by her sisters, Rollande Baribeau, Janet (LeBlanc) Soucy, Yvonne Gelinas, and Rita Poliquin; and by her brothers Robert Adams, and Roger Adams.

She is survived by her husband Norman Gelinas; her son Michael Gelinas and his wife Susan, her son Thomas Gelinas and his wife Nancee; and by her grandchildren Christopher Gelinas and Rebecca Gonzalez, Timothy Gelinas and his wife Tiffany, Nicholas Gelinas, Jenifer Groenke and her husband Joshua, Matthew Gelinas and his wife Hillary; and her great granddaughter Olivia and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend its gratitude to the staff at Villa Crest Nursing Home, the staff at the Fitch Unit 6th floor at Elliot Hospital, the Palliative Care Group at Elliot Hospital; and to special friends Marc and Gisele Moquin and Ardie Vachon for their caring and support.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 190 Meetinghouse Rd., Bedford. Committal prayers followed at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 474 Goffstown Rd., Manchester. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Lillian's memory be made to: Alzheimer's Association NH Chapter, 352 Route 101, Bedford, NH 03110.

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Manchester, NH 03104
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