Norma Mains Comeau, most recently of Meriden CT, loved to travel and with her husband Leon traveled all over America, Canada, and the world; setting foot on every major continent (except Antarctica) visiting Europe, Russia, China, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, South America, and even a brief stop in Africa. She sailed on the original Queen Mary and later on cruises down the Yangtze River in China as well as down the Amazon in Brazil. On Thursday, December 2, 2021, at the age of 100 years, 3 months, she departed this world on her last great trip and adventure, joining her husband who had previously gone ahead and has been patiently awaiting her arrival for many years.
A “Hoosier” by birth, she was born in Marion, IN, only child of the Rev. Walter Mains and Harriet Stevens. After early stops in Florida and Pennsylvania her family ultimately settled in Hyde Park, MA where she spent her formative years and grew into adulthood. Attending Hyde Park High School (Class of 1939) she met her future husband, Leon Comeau Jr., where the couple became acquainted. Upon Leon’s return from the Pacific Theater of WWII the couple were married in July of 1946 and honey mooned at The Eagle Mountain House in Jackson, NH.
Norma and Lee spent the next 64 years together (including celebrating their 63rd wedding anniversary back at Eagle Mt. House) raising three children while residing in various towns south of Boston as well as time in CT, IL and NH. Norma had a deep and abiding faith in the Lord throughout her life and was an active member of First Baptist Church of Randolph, MA, for 51 years; singing in the choir, playing hand bells, reading Scripture, and serving on many Church boards and committees.
In addition to travel and the church, Norma was an avid reader, enjoyed sewing and cooking, and loved animals, owning many cats and dogs during her lifetime. At various times she volunteered with the Girl Scouts, belonged to the daughters of the American Revolution (able to trace her ancestry back to mid-16th century England) and worked many part time jobs including WT Grant, Shawmut Bank, Lux, Bond & Green Jewelers and Lyons Stationery. At the age of 97 she learned to weave and made all her children and grandchildren scarves for Christmas.
A very loving and caring person she devoted countless hours caring for not only her own mother (who lived with the family for 17 years after her father passed) but also an elderly cousin, Leon’s aunt, and Leon himself in the years just prior to his passing. This concern for others was still evident during the current Corona virus pandemic when she would walk the halls of the Bradley Home where she was living, offering a smile and a kind word to her fellow residents to try and lift their spirits during the lockdown period.
She is survived by her 3 children Jonathan, of Providence, RI; Deborah (Busick) and her husband Richard, of Vernon, CT; Peter and his wife Linda Kelly, of Kennebunk, ME, 3 grand-children and 8 great grand-children not to mention numerous nieces, nephews and good friends all of whom will miss the warmth of her smile and generous spirit immensely. A celebration of her life will take place on December 8th at the C.C. Shepherd Funeral Home in South Weymouth, MA with burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery, in South Weymouth.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to the visitation for Norma on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 10am-Noon in the C. C. Shepherd Funeral Home located at 134 Pleasant St. (Columbian Sq.) Weymouth, MA. A Funeral Service will take place in the funeral home immediately following the visitation at Noon. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Weymouth. Donations may be made in Norma’s memory to the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut at www.EpilepsyCT.com.
The family is requesting that all guests follow CDC recommendations including having unvaccinated guests wear masks inside the funeral home. Masks will be available for anyone who would feel more comfortable in wearing one regardless of vaccination status. Thank you.