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SHIRLEY — Ann Marie (Lorden) Jeannotte, 57, died Sunday, April 9, at her residence after a lengthy struggle with cancer.

She was the wife of Roy L. Jeannotte, who died in November 2001.

Mrs. Jeannotte was born in Fitchburg on September 14, 1948, daughter of Annabel (Broschart) Lorden and the late Richard Lorden and she resided in Shirley for over 35 years. In recent years she spent the winters at her home in the St. Petersburg, Florida, area.

Besides her mother of Pepperell, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law; Seth L. and Allison Jeannotte of Maynard; daughters Elena M. Jeannotte and Rachel A. Jeannotte, both of Shirley; a brother, Richard Lorden of Fitchburg; and a sister, Karen Ouellette of Augusta, Maine. She also leaves two grandchildren, Ronan Jeannotte and Abigail Jeannotte.

Mrs. Jeannotte was a 1966 graduate of North Middlesex Regional High School in Townsend and in 1970 graduated from St. Joseph College in Standish, Maine, where she majored in social work.

For over 20 years Mrs. Jeannotte worked with her husband and more recently her son and daughter, Elena, as the vice president of the R.L. Jeannotte Construction Company, based in Shirley.

She had been an active member of the Deaconess Nashoba Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, and had participated in the Shirley Boy Scout program and Shirley Youth Sports program as well as the Ayer High School Booster Club.

Following the death of her husband, she and her children established the Roy L. Jeannotte Memorial Foundation, a charity focused on the research and treatment of esophageal cancer.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Wednesday, April 12, at St. Anthony’s Church in Shirley followed by burial in Center Cemetery, Shirley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Roy L. Jeannotte Memorial Foundation, PO Box 415, Shirley, MA 01464.