Lorraine St. Germain Paulman, age 97, of East Hartford, Connecticut passed away on Monday, September 23, 2019 after a short illness.
Lorraine was born in Wallagrass, Maine on July 21, 1922, the fourth of ten children to Henry and Modeste (Ouellette) St. Germain. She was a communicant of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Glastonbury from 1949 through 1973; a communicant of St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church in East Hartford from 1973 through 2018; and a communicant of the North American Martyrs Parish (St. Mary’s and St. Rose Roman Catholic Churches in East Hartford) in 2019.
Lorraine was married to Donald Paulman of Glastonbury on September 12, 1949; they were married for 53 years and had two sons, Ellis and Daniel Paulman.
Lorraine worked as a parts assembler for Veeder Root in Hartford during World War II. She went on to work on the sales floor for Mammoth Mart, a discount department store in East Hartford during the mid-1960’s and early 1970’s, and completed her years of employment in the order fulfillment department with the AARP Pharmacy Service in East Hartford from which she retired in 1989.
Lorraine enjoyed raising her two sons, entertaining and preparing delicious meals for family and friends, canning and pickling the fruits and vegetables from her husband’s home garden, sewing clothes for herself and her family, and crafting projects using cloth, ribbons, and beads. She often said that if she hadn’t married her husband, she would have become a seamstress for a women’s religious order!
Lorraine is survived by her sons Ellis and Daniel Paulman, both of East Hartford; her sisters Irene Pinette of East Hartford and Mary-Ellen Gess of Manchester; her sister-in-law Marion St. Germain of Wethersfield; her nieces Sandra Jacques of Bow, New Hampshire, Sr. Linda Mae Plourde of Methuen, Massachusetts, Patricia Brousseau of Manchester, Carrie Earley of Rockledge, Florida, Faye Anderson of Hampden, Maine, Deborah Calano of East Hartford, and Barbara Gess of Manchester; her nephews Fr. James Plourde of Madawaska, Maine, Danny Sopher of Kissimmee, Florida, Allen Plourde of St. Agatha, Maine, Roger Plourde of Saco, Maine, Mark Jacques of South Windsor, Robert Sopher of Kissimmee, Florida, Steven Martin of Windsor Locks, and Robert Gess of Boston, Massachusetts. She is also survived by many grand nephews and grand nieces
Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband Donald Paulman; her older brother Herman St. Germain; her older sisters Louise Jacques and Germaine St. Germain; her younger brother Edmund St. Germain; her younger sisters Lillian Plourde, Julie Sopher, and Dora Martin. She was also predeceased by her beloved niece June Kasinski; her brothers-in-law Henry Jacques, Roland Pinette, Alberic Plourde, Arthur Martin, and Ronald Gess.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, September 28th at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 West Center Street, in Manchester. Burial will follow immediately following the funeral service at Silver Lane Cemetery in East Hartford. Family and friends may call from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home. A memorial Mass in honor of Lorraine will be held at 5:30 PM on Sunday, October 20th at St. Rose Church in East Hartford. For online condolences, please visit www.tierneyfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the North American Martyrs Parish, 15 Maplewood Avenue, East Hartford, Connecticut 06108 or to the ECHN Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, Connecticut 06066. The family of Lorraine Paulman wishes to thank Father Timothy E. Ryan and Father Louis D. Cremonie of the North American Martyrs Parish in addition to the nurses (Donna, Heather, Kameka, and Kim), therapists (Dawn, Glenn, Holly, and Jo), and home health care aides (Barbara, Donna, Marge, Marion, and Nancy) of the ECHN Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut for the care and compassion they provided to Lorraine during her four month illness.
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