Priscilla Arlette (Cournoyer) Dautrich, 82, of, Brooklyn CT passed away on March 11th, 2023 at the Matulaitis Nursing Home in Putnam CT after a brief, but difficult, battle with cancer. Over the three months she as at Matulaitis hardly a day went by that she didn’t have family by her side.
She was born on Sept 23, 1940 in Danielson CT the daughter of the late Arthur and Bella Cournoyer. She attended school at St James School in Danielson. She leaves a daughter, Karin LaVine of W.Hartford; a son, Kenneth Gamache and wife Monica of Jupiter FL; a daughter Kelly Gamache and partner Karen Festa of Deerfield NH and three grandsons- Wade Gamache and wife Alyssa, Dylan Gamache and Callan Gamache. She was predeceased by her husband, Peter E. Dautrich and her sister, Barbara Coderre.
She was known by family and friends in the Danielson area as “Arlette” and to so many others as “Pat”. She worked many jobs while balancing being a single mom and raising three kids alone for many years- secretary, legal aide assistant, banquet waitress and small business owner of “Pat’s Party Favors”. However, no single position was more important to her than her job as being a mom and grandmother (“Mama Pat”) to her three grandsons.
She and Pete began their life together in 1980 in Southington CT. Together they loved traveling to St Maarten and Las Vegas, frequenting auctions and searching for rare collectibles. After Pete’s passing in 2006, Pat moved to VT to be close to her daughter Kelly and there she made many friends and added to her “extended family”. In 2016, she returned home to her roots, purchased a condo in Brooklyn CT and shared many enjoyable times with her brother David and sister-in-law Carol and friends she grew up with.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held Saturday March 25, 2023 at the Black Dog Bar & Grille, 146 Park Rd, Putnam CT from 3-6:00 pm and is open for all to attend. Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family in Winsted CT. In lieu of flowers the family would encourage donations to be made to the Day Kimball Healthcare- Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern CT, 320 Pomfret St, Putnam CT 06260. The Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home , 48 School St., Webster, MA has been entrusted with the arrangements. A guest book is available at www.shaw-majercik.com where you may post a condolence or lite a candle.
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