Janet Lucielle Gazaille of Carver and formerly of Edgartown died peacefully on July 8 at the Golden LivingCenter in Plymouth. She had just celebrated her 81st birthday.
Janet was pre-deceased by her husband Lawrence (Larry) Gazaille in 2004 and her mother Kathleen (Luce-Caron) DuBie.
She is survived by her son, Dennis Gazaille, and his wife, Maureen, her daughter, Sheila Grush, and her husband, Kim; two grandchildren, Shaina Grush and Jason Gazaille; five great-grandchildren; her sisters Bev and Dick Langill, Loretta and Lois Villa, Kathleen and Dick Giacobbe, Sandra Caron and Carol Caron; her brother, Ronnie Caron, and his wife, Sherrie.
Janet was born July 3, 1932, to Rudolphe and Kathleen Caron in Dorchester. The family came to the Island frequently to visit Grandma and Grandpa Luce, who lived on School Street in Edgartown. Her father, Rudolphe (Papa Caron), opened a bakery in what is now the Harborside Inn.
While visiting she met and married Larry Gazaille. When her children were older Janet worked first as a waitress and then as a hostess at the old Dunes Restaurant in Katama.
Throughout her life Janet was famous for many things — her dry sense of humor, her love and excellence at entertaining (dinner parties art the Gazaille house were famous), and her willingness to house and care for many family members, an Alzheimer’s patient, and a developmentally disabled adult.
She did it all with grace and good humor, and her passing will be felt by many across the Island.
There will be a graveside service at 11 am Wednesday, July 31, at the new Westside Cemetery in Edgartown.
A memorial luncheon will follow at the American Legion Hall in Katama.