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Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium- Coolidge
Thursday November 18th, 2021
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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Parish of Transfiguration
Friday November 19th, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am

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Mount Calvary Cemetery
Friday November 19th, 2021
11:00am - 11:30am

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Jacqueline St. Hilaire

Jacqueline Marie (Richer) St. Hilaire, 79, died Saturday, November 13, 2021, at Elliot Hospital­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ in Manchester. She was born on May 23, 1942, in Manchester, NH, the daughter of Alfred Richer and Rita (Marineau) (Richer) Lesmerises. She was the wife of Richard St. Hilaire, who she married on August 12, 1961, in Manchester, NH.

Jacqueline attended Ste. Marie’s High School in Manchester, NH and graduated in 1960 at Central Catholic HS, Ft Lauderdale, FL. Later in life she and her husband Dick proudly owned the Messenger Book Shop from 1975 – 1989. Jackie later went on to work at the Diocese of Manchester until she retired in 2002 to nanny for her grandchildren.

Jackie had a lifelong love of singing and reading. She was a spiritual care volunteer at Manchester VNA Hospice, assisted writing life legacies, participated in the Hearts in Harmony Choir and established the Tree of Life library. She loved spending time with her family, playing cards, attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and activities, and organizing holiday games.

She leaves her life legacy at: https://thegrowingtree.vpweb.com/

Jackie has joined her husband Richard St. Hilaire; daughter Linda St. Hilaire and brother Gerald Lesmerises in heaven. She is survived by her three daughters Donna DesRuisseaux and her husband David; Joanne Towle and her husband Michael; Lisa St. Hilaire and her husband Dennis Wieners; eight grandchildren Rachel, Ryan & Eric DesRuisseaux; Jacob, Mikayla & Caleb Towle; Alec & Cassandra St. Hilaire; three brothers Edward (Susan) Richer; Donald (Jacqueline) Lesmerises; Robert (Suzanne) Lesmerises; three sisters Suzanne (Steve) Russell; Constance Sanborn; Judith (Thomas) Robert; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18, from 4pm – 7pm at Phaneuf Funeral Home, 250 Coolidge Ave. Manchester, NH. A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, Nov. 19, at 10:00am, at the Parish of the Transfiguration in Manchester, NH, and she will be laid to rest immediately afterwards alongside her husband Richard at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Manchester.

Memorial contributions can be made to the VNA of Manchester Volunteer Program.

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Keith Martin lit a candle for Jacqueline St. Hilaire

Keith Martin Nov 22 2021 1:26 PM

My sincere sympathy for the loss of your beautiful mother. My husband and i went to their store very often. We really like that store & liked your parents. She had a happy life from watching the nice video. Rest in Peace Jackie.

Alice Rattigan Nov 19 2021 3:54 PM

Jay Lesmerises lit a candle for Jacqueline St. Hilaire

Jay Lesmerises Nov 19 2021 7:10 AM

Such fond memories of Jackie and Dick at the Messenger Book Shop. May they both Rest In Peace.

Dick Munsey Nov 18 2021 11:15 PM

Sue Russell Nov 18 2021 1:37 PM

Sue Russell Nov 18 2021 1:36 PM

Ruth Fleming lit a candle for Jacqueline St. Hilaire

Ruth Fleming Nov 18 2021 10:18 AM

Scott Parisi lit a candle for Jacqueline St. Hilaire

Scott Parisi Nov 17 2021 7:54 PM

To Jackie's daughters and her extended family, I grieve for your loss knowing that Jackie is very happy to now be with her beloved husband, daughter, brother, and parents in God's Great Kingdom.
I gave Jackie her bridal shower and attended to her as her maid of honor on August 12th, 1961. Jackie was my dearest friend from grade school until she moved to Florida with her family. Then we wrote to keep in touch. Jackie will be remembered for her kind and spiritual heart, and her endless work in Christ for our Catholic Community.

Elaine Poirier Nov 17 2021 4:14 PM

Jackie will be missed by many! I first met her through the Messenger Bookstore when I served as a DRE. Jackie was full of faith and determination. We reconnected through Hospice. It's been a gift to share her wisdom and joy!
I'll miss her very much and am grateful for having known such a beautiful woman!

Helene Belanger Nov 17 2021 3:02 PM