Janet Lucielle Gazaille of Carver and formerly of Edgartown died peacefully on July 8 at the Golden Living Center in Plymouth. She had just celebrated her 81st birthday.
Janet was born July 3, 1932 to Rudolphe and Kathleen Caron in Dorchester. The family came to the Island frequently to visit Grandma and Grandpa Luce, who lived on School street in Edgartown. Her father Rudolphe (Papa Caron) opened a bakery in what is now the Harborside Inn.
While visiting she met and married Larry Gazaille. When her children were older Janet worked first as a waitress and then as a hostess at the old Dunes Restaurant in Katama.
Throughout her life Janet was famous for many things: her daily sense of humor, her love and excellence at entertaining — dinner parties at the Gazaille house were famous — and her willingness to house and care for many family members, an Alzheimer’s patient and a developmentally disabled adult.
She did it all with grace and good humor, and her passing will be felt by many across the Island.
Janet was predeceased by her husband Lawrence (Larry) Gazaille in 2004 and her mother Kathleen (Luce-Caron) DuBie.
She is survived by her son Dennis Gazaille and his wife Maureen, daughter Sheila Grush and her husband Kim, grandchildren Shaina Grush and Jason Gazaille, and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Bev Langill and her husband Dick, Loretta Villa and her husband Lou, Kathleen Giacobbe and her husband Dick, Sandra Caron and Carol Caron, as well as her brother Ronnie Caron and his wife Sherrie.
There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 31 at the New Westside Cemetery in Edgartown.
A memorial luncheon will follow at the American Legion Hall in Katama.