Yvette C. Meunier (102) passed away on January 30, 2021 at Mont Marie Health Care Center. A life-long resident of Holyoke, she was born on May 14, 1918 to the late Joseph A. and Lena M. Meunier. She was predeceased by her sister Rita (Pete) Boucher and her brothers, Joseph (Mary Rose) Jr., Roger (Marguerite), Roland and Eugene (Mary). In addition to her siblings and their spouses her longtime companion Seymour (Bunny) Orlen. She is survived by her sister Jacqueline (Joseph) Prairie along with four generations of nieces and nephews. After graduating from Holyoke High School in 1936, Yvette started her career at the Springfield Armory as a contract administrator until they closed in 1968. She went on and took the civil service exam and accepted a position with the United States Air Force in their contract division which was housed at Pratt & Whitney. Yvette quickly made friends and together they made the daily trek from Holyoke to East Hartford Ct. until she retired in 1980. Upon retirement, Yvette joined the local Chapter of NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees) and was a very active member. Yvette loved to go out! Back in the day, on Saturday nights or Sunday afternoon you could find her and Seymour dining in one of Holyoke’s establishments. There wasn’t a steak or seafood dish she didn’t like and in her later years she developed quite a sweet tooth (In fact, if there was a table of assorted desserts to choose from, family members would quietly bet on the number of “petite ones” she would take. 4 or 5). If there was a party, she didn’t miss it!! In 2018, over 100 family members and friends honored Yvette with a 100th birthday celebration. Yvette traveled the world. In her younger years, she visited all of Europe with her friends and while there was able to be in the audience of Pope Paul VI. There were many weeks spent at the Cape, Hampton Beach and Niagara Falls. After retirement, she spent winters in Florida and at other times of the year on cruises with her sisters. She was also known for an overnight trip to Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun. Yvette lived a full Life and will be deeply missed. The family would like to thank the entire staff at Mont Marie and Ascend Hospice for their compassionate care. Visitation will be held in the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, on Friday February 5th from 9 am to 10:30 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1945 Northampton Street. Burial will be in Precious Blood Cemetery, South Hadley. Please note that masks and social distancing are required for all services. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield MA 01104 www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/springfield.
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