Remembering Little Claudette

I was looking this morning at my Ancestry tree and was checking Amazing Alyce’s family tree. I was also looking at the pictures Alyce had sent in 2010, pictures she only could identify her father David. She had no idea who were the other people.



Together we were able to identify who were all these people.

That was seven years ago…

Then I started remembering Little Claudette and her cousin Eugene Albert Moreau.

We once talked about him on the phone then Claudette started crying…

Claudette thought Eugene had died in World War Two. I told her I was going to find out.

That was seven years ago…

This morning I started looking for more information on Ancestry which led me to this on Find a Grave


Since Claudette was on Facebook I wanted to write her a message, but before doing so, I looked at her Ancestry file and then I found this on the Internet…

Which led me to this…

Obituary for Claudette Jean Stackpole

Claudette Jeanne Lagasse Stackpole, 79, of Palatka passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in Crescent City under hospice care. She was born October 4, 1936 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Claudette was the daughter of Samuel and Marie Lagasse and the sister of Dolores T. Lagasse Dawson.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She graduated from Holy Family High School in New Bedford in 1955. Claudette married Richard Bradford Stackpole(deceased), a graduate of Tufts University in Civil Engineering. Richard was a Civil Engineer in U.S.

Navy and his private career in Engineering lead Claudette to live and travel worldwide. In her younger years, Claudette, who was affectionately known as “C.J.” to her friends, was a homemaker and owned a small tennis shop in Miami, called C.J’s Sportswear and Boutique. She was second generation French Canadian and spoke French fluently. She had a deep faith in Jesus Christ.

She loved to minister to people in the nursing homes, prisons and through food giveaways. She will be dearly missed by all her family and friends. She is survived by her three children and daughter-in-law, Richard B. “Rick”Stackpole, Jr. of Palatka, Lisa Marie Stackpoleof Atlanta, Georgia and Pastor Theodore B. “Ted” and Angie Stackpole of Palatka. Claudette has 5 beautiful grandchildren, Victoria, Skyler, Jaycee, Emilie and Baylee-Anne.

A memorial service will be held at First Assembly of God in Palatka on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Assembly of God, 3111 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, FL 32177.

Little Claudette will always be remembered…


8 thoughts on “Remembering Little Claudette

  1. Curieux… Avant même de lire la notice nécrologique, c’est exactement le ‘portrait’ que je me faisais de la petite Claudette d’après les photos. Timide, réservée, rarement sinon jamais turbulente mais toujours prête à venir en aide à quiconque.

    Je l’aime bien, la petite Claudette

  2. It’s odd… Before even reading the obituary, it’s exactly what I figured little Claudette would be like, from the pics posted. Somewhat shy, rarely if ever boisterous, but always ready to lend a helping hand.
    I like little Claudette. Very much so.
    (Your wish is my command, Master)

  3. Pierre, I have seen, over the last four years of following your posts, that so many relatives are either Canadian or American. (You can’t say United states of American, can you!) There seems to be some very distinct separations politically, and I wonder if these distinctions are also clear in the extended families.

    • As most French-Canadians emigrated in the 1800s and early 1900s, these immigrants and their descendants integrated in the American society. You will have people from all the political spectrum.

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