Calling HoursParadis-Givner Funeral Home
Oxford, MA 01540
AUBURN - Anne Marie (Robidoux) Houle, 87, passed away on Friday, November 30, 2018, at Brookdale – The Lodge at Eddy Pond Senior Living in Auburn. One of 11 children, Anne was born on July 26, 1931, in Rochdale. She was the daughter of the late Joseph G. Robidoux who was born in Canada, and the late Victoria (Courtemanche) Robidoux who was born in New Bedford. Anne married Gerard Houle on July 5, 1968, her beloved husband of 47 years. Gerry predeceased her on November 9, 2015. Anne and Gerry had made their home in North Oxford for 45 years.
Anne was a 1949 graduate of St. Peters High School in Worcester and a 1952 graduate of St. Vincent’s Hospital where she earned her degree in nursing. After graduation, Anne spent many years caring for patients at St. Vincent’s as well as working in the hospital’s blood bank. She also cared for patients at a local nursing home before her retirement in 1993. Spending time with her family and her many friends was one of Anne’s biggest joys in life. She loved baking and sharing the results of her efforts with everyone. Anne also enjoyed traveling and spending time at the beach. She was always available to anyone who might seek her help and over the years many did just that. Anne will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Blessed with a lovely soprano voice, in her youth, Anne was a member of the choir at St. Aloysius’ Catholic Church in Rochdale. Music was a big part of Anne's youth. She enjoyed listening to music, playing the piano, and much to the joy of their mother, singing with her sisters as they washed and dried the supper dishes. Being a very devout Roman Catholic, Anne attended St. Ann’s Church in North Oxford where she was a regular communicant.
Anne is survived by her sister, Annette Derian (Karney) of Valatie, NY. She was predeceased by her brothers Arthur (Irene) of North Oxford, Raymond (Jean) of Rochdale, Willie (Peggy) of Rochdale, Roland (Mary) of Rochdale, Ronald (Diane) of Mt. Home, NC, and Joe (Toni) of Rochdale. She was also predeceased by her sisters, Rita Gallant (Joe) of Oxford, Anita O’Brien (Mike) of Northborough and Theresa Broman (Roy, Sr.) of Worcester. Very devoted to her family, Anne never stopped missing her departed siblings. She is also survived by her very special niece, Diane Cook, who took care of Anne and saw to her every need during her declining years. Although Anne never had children of her own, she enjoyed the company of her many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are Tuesday, December 4, 2018, from 9:00–10:15 a.m. at Paradis-Givner Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oxford. A funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Ann’s Church, 652 Main St., North Oxford. Burial will follow at St. Roch’s Cemetery in Oxford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.