MASSENA -- Marie Anna Yolande Bilodeau Poulin, 85, passed away January 31, 2018, in Terrebonne Quebec.
Born in St.-Fabien de Panet, Montmagny Quebec on December 14, 1932, to Georges Bilodeau and Exilia Huot, Yolande was one of sixteen children.
In 1956 Yolande moved to Detroit, MI, where she met the love of her life, George Poulin. They married on October 13, 1956, and travelled the U.S. and Mexico before settling and raising their family in Massena, NY.
She is survived by her children, Francine (Bruce Tippy), Roger (Ellen Casey), Linda (Steve Leski); and her grandchildren, Remy and Marielle Poulin.
George and Yolande enjoyed the ‘snowbird’ lifestyle and migrated to St. Petersburg, FL every winter. Yolande continued her annual Florida migrations after George’s passing on February 10, 2004 but relocated to Terrebonne QC where she lived with her sisters Lucette and Denise Bilodeau until her death.
Yolande was a talented cook, a skilled seamstress, and a proud homemaker. She enjoyed going on extended camping trips, swimming, walking, cross-country skiing, gardening, and the wide variety of birds she attracted with her backyard bird feeders.
She also participated in water aerobics, enjoyed cruises to the Caribbean and walking on beaches and gathering sea shells.
Her friends and family continue to enjoy the many beautiful shell items she crafted.
Yolande loved good food, socializing, welcoming friends and family to her home, traditional French-Canadian songs, and a glass of brandy in the evening. Her smile and laugh could light up a room.
Of all of Yolande’s many varied hobbies, skills and interests, her first and foremost passion was for her family. She was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother.
She is missed every day by her family and friends, and her passing leaves behind a legacy of love and accomplishments.
Funeral Arrangements are Saturday June 16, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the Église de Saint-Louis-de-France (Church of St. Louis of France), 825 rue St-Louis, Terrebonne Quebec.
Burial Service will be Monday June 18. 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church, 212 Main Street, Massena New York,followed by interment Calvary Cemetery, Maple Street, Massena NY, Section 24 Lot 31A, where Yolande will be laid to rest beside her husband George.
Friends and family are warmly and cordially invited to attend either or both services.