SANFORD — Alice B. Gauthier, 94, of Sanford, died at her home on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

Alice was born on Dec. 6, 1919, to Wilfrid and Matilda (Brochu) Gosselin, in Saint-Nobert d’Arthabaska, Québec, where she grew up, attended local schools and worked on the family farm.

When she was 16, she and her family relocated to Sanford and Alice went to work in the local shoe shops. She went on to work at Sprague Electric where she was employed for many years until her retirement.

Alice was very devoted to her family and was particularly fond of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She loved to spend time with her siblings, getting together often to play Skip-Bo and tells stories. Alice had an infectious personality and would brighten up any room that she entered.

She loved animals, especially her cat. Alice enjoyed listening to music, gardening, sewing and knitting. Over the years, she made many stockings, hats and mittens for members of her family.

She was a devout Catholic and had attended St. Ignatius Church before her health began to decline.


Alice will be remembered as a kind and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was loved by all who knew her and will be dearly missed.

Alice was preceded in death by: her husband of more than 50 years, Jean-Paul Gauthier; her son, Real Gauthier; two brothers, Marcel and Robert; and four sisters, Gilbert, Rita, Irene and Jacqueline.

Surviving are: three children, Rachel Troegner and her husband Joe of Lyman, Roger Gauthier and his wife Lorraine and Don Gauthier, all of Sanford; and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Shirley Bernier and the staff of the Pavilion in Sanford for the care and compassion shown to Alice and her family during her period of declining health.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Lafrance-Lambert & Black Funeral Home, located at 29 Winter St. in Sanford. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, Holy Family Church, located on North Avenue in Sanford. Interment will be in the spring at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Sanford. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Pavilion Activities Fund, 35 July St., Sanford, ME 04073. Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale. To leave a message of condolence for the family, visit