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Cleo I. Belisle, 105

MARCH 23, 1906-NOV. 9, 201

November 15, 2011

Cleo Irene Belisle, formerly of 118 E. Main St., Jewett City, Conn., died Nov. 9 at Villa Maria Convalescent in Plainfield, Conn.

She was 105.

She was born in Glasgo, Conn., March 23, 1906, the youngest of nine children born to Remi Couture and Delina Doyon. Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House.

On Feb. 10, 1930, she married Frederick Medos Belisle. The couples’ occupations were listed as mill hands on their marriage certificate on file at the Griswold, Conn., Town Hall.

Fred Belisle died in November 1981.

Cleo was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Fred, a World War I veteran; and six sisters, the oldest of whom died in the 1918 influenza epidemic.

A son, Harold Frederick Belisle, was born on Aug. 22, 1938, and died in infancy on Sept. 4, 1938.

Cleo is survived by three children, Marion Cleo Belisle Boule of Jewett City, Richard Frederick Belisle of Shepherdstown, W.Va., a Herald-Mail staff writer, and Russell James Belisle of Pachaug, Conn.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are her son-in-law, Theodore Boule Jr. of Jewett City; and daughter-in-law, Miriam Stetson Belisle of Pachaug.

Cleo graduated from the then Riverside Grammar School and later studied bookkeeping at Norwich (Conn.) Commercial College.

She worked at the former Ashland Cotton Mill, the former Aspinook Corp. finishing mill and retired from the Griswold Rubber Co. after 16 years in 1966.

Cleo was a lifelong communicant of St. Mary Church in Jewett City and was a member of the Ladies Guild and the Altar Society.

Interment in the family plot in St. Mary Cemetery in Lisbon will follow a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary Church today at 10 a.m.

There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cleo’s name to the St. Mary Church Food Pantry.

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