Lorraine (Riendeau) Desrochers, 89, of Dracut, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 8, after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Emile L. Desrochers, with whom she shared nearly 60 years of marriage. She and Emile spent much time on Cape Cod as their special time alone. In their later years, they wintered in Florida.
Lorraine was a congregant of Amoskeag Presbyterian Church in Manchester, NH.
Daughter of the late Rosario and Laura (Frechette) Riendeau, Lorraine was raised in Lowell and educated at St. Joseph’s School. She married in 1952 and raised her family together with her loving husband. In 1974, Lorraine graduated from Tewksbury State Hospital nursing school and continued to work for St. Joseph’s hospital until her retirement.
Lorraine was the mother of seven children, for whom she made holidays, and vacations a tradition. She spent annual vacations with her family at Hampton Beach. She loved celebrations which brought family together. Lorraine enjoyed spending time at the beach with her grown children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She always loved traveling with family and friends. Lorraine especially enjoyed her Alaskan adventure which included riding in a helicopter, flying in a prop plane, and dog sledding. Her personal entertainment included gardening, dining out, reading, sitting on her deck and special visits with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her brother Armand and his wife Terry Riendeau, her seven children Raymond Desrochers and his wife Eileen, Priscille Guerette and her husband Ron, George Desrochers and his wife Cora, Elaine Yen and her husband Frank, John Desrochers and his partner Danielle McCarthy, Emile Desrochers and his partner Katie Hugh and David Desrochers and his fiance Sandy Ley; the 15 grandchildren who call her Memere: Gail Pado and her husband Dan, Jason Guerette and his partner Donna Grady, Jennifer and her husband Paul, Angelique Edwards and her husband Clint, George Desrochers, Sara Yen and her husband Dr. Eric Fu, Aimee Yen and her husband Miles Oki, John Desrochers Jr. and his partner Samantha White, Zachary Desrochers and his partner Edith Aromando, Cameron Desrochers, Brianna Desrochers, Jaimes Desrochers, Michelle Desrochers, Adam Desrochers, and Austin Desrochers, and the 17 great-grandchildren who lovingly call her Mem: Christian Pado, Kyleigh Guerette, Ashlyn Guerette, Alyson Guerette, Mason, Braydon, Autumn, Jeremiah Edwards, Elijah Edwards, Isaiah Edwards, Catherine Fu, Isabelle Fu, Ronin Oki, Rumi Oki, Arya Desrochers, Lincoln Desrochers, and Cora Smith. She also leaves behind nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, September 13th from 4pm to 8pm at the DRACUT FUNERAL HOME, 2159 Lakeview Ave., DRACUT. Her funeral service will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday at 10am. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford.
Flower arrangements received in Lorraine’s memory will be repurposed at her request by the Power of Flowers Project, Tewksbury, MA