NASHUA- Jeanne L. Phaneuf, 81, died peacefully Saturday, November 7, 2020, at Community Hospice House in Merrimack. She was the beloved wife for over 60 years of her late husband Maurice W. Phaneuf.
Jeanne was born in Nashua on May 6, 1939, and was the daughter of the late Luc and Marie Anne (Levesque) Briand.
For many years, she was employed as an executive assistant for Sanders Associates and later in marketing for Digital Equipment Corporation until her retirement.
Jeanne was the matriarch of her family. She was a force to be reckoned with, and a devoted caregiver many times over. She cherished time with family above all else. She was an avid gardener, wonderful cook, and ardent creator. A few of her favorite pastimes included painting, woodworking, theater, reading, practicing Tai Chi, and dancing with her husband in her younger years. She had a special place in her heart for her two cats. She loved to shop, and could not pass up a good bargain. As a lifelong resident of Nashua, she was a regular volunteer at the local schools and for various community organizations, as well as the polls during voting time.
Jeanne is survived by her son Colonel (Retired) Alan Phaneuf and his wife Carole (Nadeau) Phaneuf of Pennsylvania. She is predeceased by her youngest son, Daniel Phaneuf and a daughter-in-law Kim Phaneuf. Jeanne is also survived by her 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren: Amy Phaneuf and 2 children (Anyssa and Alana); Danielle Humphrey, her husband Aaron and 5 children (Lydia, Levi, Anne Charlotte, Juliet, and Luke); Cassandra Andress, her husband Joseph and 2 children (August and Etienne); Maj. Select Alana Benischek, her husband Maj. Mark Benischek and 2 children (Iris and Winnie); and Eric Phaneuf and Ashley Phaneuf who she raised from early childhood. She is predeceased by two siblings - Romeo Briand and Paul Briand, and is survived by two siblings - Edmund Briand and Irene St. Germain, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
At the request of Jeanne’s family, all services will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the care of ROCHETTE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 21 Kinsley Street, Nashua. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeanne's name to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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