BIDDEFORD — Gertrude D. Jacques, 96, of Biddeford, died Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Seal Rock Health Care in Saco.

She was born Oct. 9, 1919, in Breckyville, P.Q. Canada, one of 19 children, the youngest daughter of Pierre and Rosalie (Morin) Couture. She came to Sanford as a child, and was educated in Sanford schools. She became a U.S. citizen in 1943.

On Feb. 16, 1939, she married Andre H. Jacques in Holy Family Church in Sanford.

She had been employed for a few years at Pepperell Manufacturing Co. and Bruce Shoe Shop in Biddeford. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother, and a phenomenal grandmother and great-grandmother. In one word, she was an angel.

She was preceded in death by Andre, her husband of 59 years, on July 30, 1998.

Gertrude is survived by: two sons, Andre H. Jacques Jr. and his wife Marie of Florida (formerly of Dayton), and Robert D. Jacques, U.S. Navy (retired) of Florida; one daughter, Joan (Jacques) Turcotte and her husband Lawrence of Florida (formerly of Biddeford); five grandchildren, Celeste Turcotte- Fecteau and her husband Lucien of Biddeford, Nicole (Turcotte) Walton and her husband Carl of Wells, Hilary Jacques-Henry and her husband Jason of New Hampshire, Andre R. Jacques and his partner Mary McDonough of Massachusetts, and Michele Jacques-Mikutel and her husband Victor of Florida; five great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Jade, Andre (A.J.), Xavier, Laney and Liam; one brother, Raymond Couture, U.S. Navy (retired) and his wife June of Reading, Massachusetts; one brother-in-law, Lucien Jacques of Biddeford; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be no visiting hours. Private services and burial in Oceanview Cemetery in Wells will be at a later date.

Arrangements are by Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm St., Biddeford. To share condolences online, please visit

Donations in Gertrude’s memory may be made to: Animal Welfare Society, 44 Holland Road, Kennebunk, ME 04043.