Obituary: Gertrude E. (McGann) Dessureau


NAUGATUCK — Mrs. Gertrude E. “Gem” (McGann) Dessureau, 73, of Naugatuck died Saturday, June 16,2012 at Waterbury Hospital after a brief illness. She was the widow of Arthur E. Dessureau.

Mrs. Dessureau was born in Cambridge, Mass. on Jan. 14, 1939 a daughter of the late Francis and Gertrude (Norris) McGann. She was retired from the Glendale Center in Naugatuck where she worked as a dietary aide for many years and was a communicant of St. Vincent Ferrer Church in Naugatuck. She was a member of the Prospect Senior Citizens and was a huge New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and UConn Womens basketball. She enjoyed having lunches with her “sisters” and spending time with her family and her dog Buddy.

Mrs. Dessureau is survived by a daughter, Kathy Daisey and her husband P.J. of Naugatuck; four sons, Arthur Dessureau of Wolcott, Bill Dessureau of Naugatuck, Garrett Dessureau of Naugatuck and Jim Dessureau and his wife Dawn of Naugatuck; a sister, Judy Serben of Naugatuck; a brother, Robert McGann of Waterbury; seven grandchildren, Artie, Erin, Chris, Eric, Keith, Rachel, and Jimmy; a great granddaughter, Angelia, and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Pam Dessureau; a granddaughter, Ashley Daisey; a great grandson, A.J., and a brother, Frank McGann.

A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, 1006 New Haven Road, Naugatuck. Family and friends are asked to please meet directly at the church. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday June 19, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Ave., Naugatuck.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708 or to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

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