SANFORD — Joseph Aldege Therrien, 86, of Sanford, died at his home on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Aldege was born on Sept. 14, 1930 to Alphonse and Odile (Mercier) Therrien in Sanford where he grew up and attended local schools. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Following his honorable discharge he returned to Sanford and worked in the Goodall Textile Mills.

When the mills closed he went to work on the construction of Pease Air Force Base. He eventually moved to Waltham, Massachusetts and later to Nashua, New Hampshire where he was employed at Raytheon, retiring as the head of shipping and receiving after 32 years. After his retirement, he returned to Sanford to be closer to his family and friends.

Aldege was a devout Catholic and had been a communicant of St. Thérèse de Lisieux Parish, Holy Family Church. He was an avid coin collector and reader. He enjoyed reading and collecting books on a variety of subjects, and over the years had also donated many documents to the Sanford-Springvale Historical Society. He enjoyed studying genealogy and had traced his family tree back to 1611 in La Rochelle, France. Aldege was a very charitable man and a big supporter of the St. Joseph Indian School for the Lakota Sioux children in South Dakota.

He was a kind and loving brother, uncle, and friend who enjoyed helping his family whenever he could. He will be dearly missed.

Aldege was predeceased by his wife, Rita Fleurant Therrien and seven siblings, Marie-Ange Therrien, Bertrand Therrien, Giselle Vermette, Joseph Maurice Therrien, Isabelle DeRoche, Therese Deschenes and Carmel Morin.

Surviving are three siblings, Cecile Letourneau of Sanford; Lorraine Legere of Sanford; and Joseph Robert Therrien and his wife Diane of Sanford; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 25 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Lafrance-Lambert & Black Funeral Home at 29 Winter St. in Sanford. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. at St. Thérèse de Lisieux Parish, Holy Family Church on North Avenue in Sanford. Interment will be held in the spring at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Sanford.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider sending a memorial contribution to the St. Joseph Indian School, P.O. Box 100, Chamberlain, SD 57325-0100 or online at

Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.

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