BIDDEFORD – Donna L. Nadeau passed away peacefully after a valiant battle with several prolonged illnesses on the morning of May 19, 2021, at Southern Maine Health Care, just days before her 73rd birthday. She was born in Biddeford, Maine, on May 25, 1948, daughter of Robert B. and Simone I. Bouthot Gosselin. She received her formal elementary education at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and later at St. Louis High School in Biddeford, graduating in the class of 1967.
On August 31, 1968, she married C. Arthur Nadeau at the former St. Monica Catholic Church in Kennebunkport, Maine. She has dedicated her life to being a housewife and supporting her husband’s business ventures.
Donna was grateful and always looked forward to the time she spent with her family and high school classmates with whom she developed long-standing friendships. She was a nurturing family presence who filled many voids created by the deaths of people important to her family and circle of friends.
Donna was a dedicated scrapbooker, knitter, and cook (think chocolate chip cookies and traditional pork pie). You were truly in his orbit if you were the recipient of one of his creations or, more likely, a gift from QVC with batteries and personally written instructions still included. Sometimes she was so in love with a specific product sold on QVC (think Luminara candles) that she would give them to you for a second or third time. Let’s just say Donna and the UPS driver were on a first name basis due to the volume of QVC deliveries to her home.
She has always cared about the needs of others rather than her own. Although quick to offer personal and medical advice, she avoided focusing on herself and receiving offers of assistance from others.
His enthusiasm for life sometimes resulted in unforeseen adventures. Like the time she tried to teach her great-niece, Kristin Foss, how to drive – in the graveyard. Of course, the doors were locked before the lesson was over. The way they escaped was the stuff Legends were made of (think bolt cutters). There are countless other stories that could fill a book.
Donna has been following the ups and downs of the Red Sox and Bruins closely with her very close friend Bonnie Randall of Leeds. She loved taking photos at events with friends and family, which meant you would soon receive a little souvenir album that she created. She would even take pictures of images that she would see on TV and create albums for you because, well, she could. She clearly kept Biddeford’s CVS in business with the bulky print of her photos. In return, she relished the many coupons she received for all of her photographic efforts.
Donna was predeceased by her father, Robert, in 1990, her mother, Simone in 1994, her sister, Pauline Gosselin Lomax in 1995, her husband, Art in 2002 and her brother, Bob in 2015.
His survivors include his niece and still loyal caregiver and lawyer, Janice Dubois and her husband Robert of Lyman, Maine, her brother, Jerry Gosselin and his wife Judy of Scarborough, Maine, as well as many other nieces, nephews and cousins who ‘she cherished. . QVC, UPS, and CVS will just need to learn to live without Donna’s relentless activities.
Visiting hours will be Saturday, May 29, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm Street, Biddeford. Interment will follow immediately at Laurel Hill Cemetery, 293 Beach St., Saco. As we are slowly emerging from the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic, family and friends are then invited to come together for a moment of storytelling, support and food sharing in the large place of origin built by the ‘Ocean Park Association (known as The Temple) located at 50 Temple Ave., in Ocean Park. Face coverings and disinfectant will be available for guest convenience.
Arrangements are made at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm St., Biddeford, Maine.
Instead of flowers, Donna’s wish is that you donate your time or resources to a charity of your choice.
in his memory.