Eloise K. (Kelly) Gauffin

Born: Fri., Jul. 14, 1922
Died: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Aug. 06, 2017
Location: Silas F. Richardson & Son, Inc.

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Mon., Aug. 07, 2017
Location: Faith United Parish

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Eloise Austin Kelly Gauffin

of Fitchburg: 95

Fitchburg - Eloise Austin Kelly Gauffin, a long-time resident of Fitchburg, MA passed away peacefully at her son and daughter-in-law's home in Hancock, New Hampshire on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. She was 95. She was the beloved wife of Oscar R. Gauffin who passed away in February of 2005.

Eloise was born on July 14, 1922 in Illiopolis, Illinois to Laura B. Austin and Edward L. Kelly. During World War II, Eloise enlisted in the United States Navy as a WAVE (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) and was based out of Camp Parks in Dublin, California. She was a nurse in the Hospital Corps and here is where she met her future husband Oscar, who had become one of her patients upon his return from the Marshall Islands where he had served with the Seabees.

After marrying on July 14, 1945 in Livermore, California, Eloise and her husband Oscar became lifelong residents of Fitchburg, MA, residing in the family home on Rollstone Street where Oscar was raised, making their grandchildren the fourth generation to live there. Here her vocations became raising her family and volunteering. She was an active member of Faith United Parish in Fitchburg, MA throughout her life, serving as a Sunday School teacher and as a volunteer for countless church programs and committees. For many years, she joined an active and vital group of women at the church who cooked for community suppers, made Thanksgiving dinners, created fairs and attic sales, sold cookies and homemade bread and ran Our Father's Closet, all to support those who were less fortunate. She was a talented craftsperson and cook and became legendary for her Finnish coffee bread or "pulla" and her knitted or crocheted sweaters, socks, hats, mittens, blankets and baby clothes which she often donated through a variety of local charities.

Eloise had also been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and volunteered for many community-based programs including Our Father's Table. She and her husband Oscar could often be found reaching out to assist elderly neighbors in their day to day living. In her later years, Eloise also enjoyed living at the Sundial and being a member of the Montachusett YMCA, places where she made many good friends.

Eloise had a radiant smile that reflected her warm, kind, thoughtful and generous nature. She devoted herself fully to her family and loved being a mother and a grandmother. In turn her family was devoted to her, admired, respected and loved her dearly. To her friends she was fun-loving, loyal and supportive. Her memory will be treasured by her family and friends whose lives she touched with her compassion, strength and love. She will be greatly missed. Her family is particularly grateful to Eloise's daughter-in-law Joan who served as her primary caregiver over the last several months.

She is survived by her four children, Alice Gauffin of Chestertown, MD, Paul Gauffin and his wife Nadia Lyskyh of New Ipswich, NH, David Gauffin and his wife Joan Gauffin of Hancock, NH and Rebecca Gauffin and her husband Bob McLoughlin of Fitchburg, MA as well as her five grandchildren, Christopher Gauffin of Austin, TX, Ashley Gauffin Grant and her husband Alan Grant of Nashua, NH, Matthew Gauffin of Antrim, NH, Mark Gauffin of Milford, NH and Veronika Lyskyh of New Ipswich, NH. She is predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Oscar Gauffin and her sister Opal Moore.

Visiting hours will be on Sunday August 6th from 5pm to 7pm at Silas F. Richardson & Son, 106 West Street, Leominster, MA.

A memorial service will be held at 10am on Monday August 7th at Faith United Parish, 820 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA.

Burial with Full Military Honors will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Fitchburg, MA.

Memorial contributions may be made in Eloise's name to Our Father's Table, 40 Boutelle Street, P.O Box 2653 Fitchburg, MA 01420.

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Peggy Aylward
   Posted Sun August 06, 2017
I was so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I remember when my Mom passed, it seems like yesterday. But you always have all the memories of her to keep with you. I read her obituary and see that she had many wonderful people in her life and did so many wonderful things for people less fortunate. God is taking her to her place of rest, but from reading about her, I don't think she'll be resting much. Her soul will be tending to the
Many heavenly angels there. God bless you and your family.

Julie-lynn Belon
   Posted Mon August 07, 2017
Heaven is a much richer place with Eloise in it, I am sorry for your loss Gauffin Family.

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