Janet R. Mathieu

Janet R. Mathieu passed peacefully the early morning of March 11, 2024 surrounded by her family and her husband of 64 years Paul J. Mathieu.

            Janet was born in 1936, the daughter of Arthur and Eveline Carriere Magnant. She grew up summering on Lake Noquochoke in Dartmouth and eventually settled on Long Pond in Lakeville MA at the family summer home at the “Cottage”. She also spent over 40 years at her winter residence in Fort Myers, Florida.

            Janet loved warm weather, beaches and enjoyed traveling to warm locations. Her faith and her family meant everything to her. Janet’s strong faith was ever-present through her ministering to others. She earned her R.N. from St. Anne’s School of Nursing in Fall River and practiced as an OBGYN nurse. She was loved by the students of Bishop Stang, where she volunteered as the school nurse. Due to her kind and caring nature, many “sick” students enjoyed the trip to see Mrs. Mathieu in the nurse’s office as a welcome diversion from class. Janet made several mission trips to Haiti to help others in need. She was an active member of the St. John Neumann parish community as a Eucharistic Minister, an R.C.I.A. instructor and member of the Couples Club. Janet, or Mémère as she was so lovingly called by her grandchildren, would always welcome the opportunity to share a faithful message with any and all who would listen. She will be fondly remembered for the values and beliefs that she passed along to us all.

            She is survived by her husband Paul J. Mathieu, their children and grandchildren: her son Thomas J. Mathieu and his wife Kerri of Raynham, and their children Justin and his fiancée, Thora, and Scott; her son David R. Mathieu and his wife Kimberly of Uxbridge and their daughter Grace; her son Peter J. Mathieu and his wife Kristen of Rochester, and their children, Taylor and Nicholas; her son John P. Mathieu and his wife Marybeth of Mattapoisett, and their children Mason, Davis, John Cuyler and Mitchell; and her daughter Paula Mathieu Chausse and her husband Donald of East Freetown and their daughters Emma and Julia. She was predeceased by her son Charles A. Mathieu and granddaughter Molly Elizabeth. She also leaves her brother George Magnant of Fort Myers, Florida and sister Claire Magnant of Acushnet. She was predeceased by her sister E. Lucille Maynard of Dartmouth and her dozens of nieces and nephews.

            Her Funeral Mass will be held Friday, March 15, 2024 at 11 AM at St. John Neumann Church, 157 Middleboro Rd, East Freetown, MA 02717, with everyone invited to meet directly at Church. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Thursday, March 14, 2024 from 4-8 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford. For online guestbook please visit www.saundersdwyer.com

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