Pauline (Audet) Bisson died Monday, May 30, in Tulsa, Okla., where she lived for the past 15 years. She was 91 years old. Born in Lisbon, Pauline grew up in Berlin and raised her family here with her husband Emile Martineau. They had four daughters.
Not one for “joining”, Pauline’s name does not appear on a long list of clubs or service organizations. However, she loved politics and assisted in her husband Emile’s campaigns for Sheriff. She was a nursing assistant in Berlin and Lancaster, and took pride in the care she gave to residents.
In 1972, Pauline married Robert Bisson and shortly thereafter moved to Bonita Springs, Fla. She kept busy caring for her grandchildren, and when needed helping her daughter Mona with her deli and catering business. She also participated in bible study and services at her local church. Also while in Florida she was invaluable to her aging parents who lived in Miami at the time.
Following her husband Robert’s death in 2000, Pauline moved to Tulsa, Okla., where her daughter Jeanne and family established their home. She was again involved in church and family life. Always a fabulous cook, Pauline continued to whip-up meals and treats for family, friends, and sometimes for mere acquaintances. BBQ ribs, lasagna, tourtière, mixed berry crisp, and apple pie provide mere snapshots of her varied culinary skills. You could feel the love when you feasted on her goodies.
While living in Tulsa Pauline returned to the North Country, spending summers at Israel River Campground where she reconnected with old friends and met new ones. She loved her summers in Jefferson.
Pauline’s life was rather ordinary, but she was not. She was funny, feisty, and sang and danced to her own tune. She was headstrong and opinionated, tough but tenderhearted. She was never boring. Pauline loved chocolate, jewelry, french manicures, fashion, and clean sheets. She took pride in her family, her cooking, and her appearance. She valued her independence. In a world that often discounts the elderly, overlooks or condescends to them, Pauline insisted on respect and on having her voice heard. She demanded it for herself, and for other residents of the nursing home where she lived. We laughed together, we cried together, and sometimes we drove each other crazy. She was one of a kind. We love her and miss her very, very much.
Pauline was predeceased by her husband Robert Bisson, and by her ex-husband Emile Martineau. Surviving members of the family include her sister Yvette Matthews of Naples, Fla.; four daughters - Mona Seiler of Rye, Jeanne Diamond and husband Roger of Tulsa, Okla., Suzanne Martineau and husband Robert Usherson of Melbourne, Fla., and Berlin, and Claudette Moynihan and husband Wayne of Dummer; seven grandchildren - Kevin Moynihan, Noelle Ewing, Mathew Seiler, Allison Andersen, Jeremy, Christopher, and Aimee Diamond; and three great granddaughters Olivia, Franki, and Elisti June.
There will be no calling hours or public service.