Lorraine E. Mombourquette, 98, of Grafton


Obit Lorraine E. MombourquetteGrafton – Lorraine E. Mombourquette passed away Monday, June 6, 2016 at the age of 98. She died peacefully of natural causes in her home, surrounded by loving family and her dog, Zipper. Lorraine was a shy, compassionate, loyal and optimistic woman who stood as a model for goodwill toward all people.

She was the beloved mother of Roger, Donna, daughter-in-law Shelly, and son-in-law James Denesevich. Her granddaughters, Elizabeth, Annie and Sarah, were her pride and joy. Her granddaughter-in-law, Karen, held a very special place in her heart.

Lorraine was born in Lowell, and was raised by her adopted Pepe Octave and Meme Georgianna Daigneault. She spent her early years on a Vermont farm and at the family’s boarding house business before moving to South Grafton when she was 12 years old.

She loved telling stories of the WPA and learning to sew, working in the mills, going to dances at the Polish Home and the simple, fun activities with all of her lifelong friends. She graduated from the High School of Commerce in Worcester. She lived a life of deep Catholic faith and was a member of St. James Parish.

She was married to Austin A. Mombourquette for 32 short years before his death in 1976. She and Austin, along with one carpenter, built their lifelong home for their family of four in 1955.

She worked outside of the home as a secretary, medical assistant and a certified activities assistant. She attended Quinsigamond Community College in her mid-life and retired from the MA De-partment of Mental Health. As a retiree, she became a surrogate grammy, “Miss Lorraine”, to the children of several working families.

Lorraine thought of Kristen (Menna) Black like a granddaughter who remained in her life from the time she was a little girl to today with her own four boys, Logan, Billy, Tucker, and Owen, and husband, Scott. She also had the good fortune of wonderful neighbors who looked out for her in her later years, especially Terry, Ralph and the Cadrin families.

In her spare time, she loved to read, knit and crochet, paint artistically, dance polkas, listen to country music, attend the Boston Pops, play mini-golf, Yatzee, and gardening. She also loved to travel to the Cape with Donna, and attend all important events and activities of her granddaughters. Her iPad became a window to places around the world and to loved ones far away. She was a loyal fan of the Boston Red Sox and was so happy to have attended games in her Red Sox jersey with her favorite son-in-law, usually coming home with a baseball or two.

Although Lorraine loved flowers, she was also passionate about animals and the work of the American Cancer Society (local chapter). Please consider a donation in her and Austin’s memory to the Worcester Animal Rescue League, 139 Holden St., Worcester, MA 01606 or The American Cancer Society, 7 Oak St., Worcester, MA 01604.

All are invited to gather with Lorraine’s family and friends Friday, June 10, from 5-7 p.m., at Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St., North Grafton. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, June 11, at 11 a.m., at St. James Church, 89 Main St., South Grafton. She will then be laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery in South Grafton.

Please visit an online guestbook to share a memory of Lorraine or message of sympathy with her family at www.RoneyFuneralHome.com.

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