Alice J. Goudreau WILLIAMSTOWN — Alice J. Goudreau, from The Gardens in Williamstown, passed away after a brief illness, on March 29, 2021, surrounded by loved ones at her daughter's home in Montpelier. She was born on July 28, 1924, in Plessisville, Quebec, to Cyrille and Lydia (Fradette) Brochu. She was the youngest of 13 children. She grew up in Plessisville and attended grade school through sixth grade. In 1944, she married Lionel Pellerin. They bought a farm on Rang 11, where they made their home and had 10 children. In the fall of 1960, they moved to Vermont, purchasing a farm on Baptist Street in Williamstown. Less than a year later, Lionel passed away. With limited ability to speak English, she was left in a new country with a farm and nine children between the ages of 4 and 16. Despite these challenges, she made the courageous decision to stay in Vermont. With her growing children, she continued to operate the farm until she sold it in December 1968. She then moved her family to Pleasant Street in Barre where she would live for the next 50 years. She got a job as a cook at Central Vermont Hospital, beginning a long career and becoming well-known for her “Alice Soup.” Her limited English did not keep her from getting ahead; she retired in 1989 as the cook supervisor. In 1974, she married Maurice Goudreau. He had five sons who brought additional love, laughter and family into her life. Maurice passed away in 1986. Alice faced many adversities in her life head on. She never felt sorry for herself; instead, she forged ahead and built a good life for those she loved. She was fiercely devoted to her family and her large circle of friends, many of them fellow French-Canadians. Her home was always open to all; you were welcome anytime and it did not matter how many others you brought along. Among other things, she enjoyed traveling, eating out, cooking, and was well-known for her delicious meat pies. She loved puzzles, knitting slippers for everyone, visiting with friends and family, and playing cards (and winning). Alice also spent time writing a personal memoir, watching soaps, and loved a good bowl of poutine. Alice was a member of the Ladies of Ste. Anne and of La Societe St. Jean Baptiste for which she was a longtime treasurer. She was also a devout Catholic and a member of St. Monica Church; her rosary was always kept on a side table next to her favorite chair. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends and all those who loved her. She leaves a legacy of 10 children, five stepchildren, 29 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces. Her children are Pierrette and John Gilbert, Rodrigue and Ellen Pellerin, Michel and Marlene Pellerin, Ghislaine and Lloyd Baker, Richard Pellerin and Becky Miller, Jacinthe Pellerin, Solange and Dennis Fedele and Martine Patterson and Karjala Koponen. Her stepchildren are Bob and Anne Goudreau, Judy Goudreau, Raymond Goudreau, Jacques and Doreen Goudreau and Marc and Caroline Goudreau. She leaves behind a brother, Hilaire Brochu, who will be 100 this coming June, his wife, Lucille, of Arthabaska, Quebec; and a dear sister-in-law, Armande Pellerin of Plessisville. Alice was predeceased by Lionel Pellerin, Maurice Goudreau and Herve Corriveau, a dear companion of more than 20 years; her sons, Georges and Rejean, stepson Andre Goudreau; grandchildren, Debbie and Erick Gilbert; 11 siblings, Sylvio, Ananias, Rodolphe, Germaine, Leona, Georges, Anne-Marie, Juliette, Emeril, Bernadette and Aldea. A Mass of Christian burial to honor and celebrate her life will be held at St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre, Vermont, on Saturday, April 10, at 1 p.m. The funeral will be streamed live on: https://youtu.be/BuKmyJEHtyM. Family and friends may call on the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St. in Barre on Friday, April 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Extra parking is available at St Monica’s Church parking lot. Masks and social distancing are required. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no reception following the funeral service. A spring burial will be announced at a later time. Donations in her memory may be made to Ray Tooland, Wayward Wheels Inc., 1 Sunnyside Terrace, Montpelier, VT 05602; or Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641. Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St. in Barre.

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Céline Gervais

Recevez nos plus sincères condoléances en ce moment difficile. Tante Alice sera toujours dans nos pensées.

La famille Gervais, Henri, Mariette, Céline et Jean-Louis

Jay Milne

On behalf of the Allan and Virginia Milne Family, long time neighbors and friends from the North End of Barre (Pleasant Street). Prayers and thoughts are with the entire family of Mrs Goudreau (Alice) now and in the time ahead. She lived a life filled with trust, hope, determination, hard work, grace, peace, love, and faith.

God, Que son ame repose en paix / May her soul rest in peace.

Jay and Natalie

manuel carcoba

Pierrette and family, My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. What a remarkable life your mother lead. Manuel Carcoba


To all the extended family, So sorry on your loss. Alice was quite the lady, hard working, honest and good natured. I worked with her for a few years at CVMC and I remember those days fondly.

yvan brochu

Nos condoléances les plus sincères pour les familles Pellerin et Goudreau elle était affectionné par nous tous bon courage.

Famille Hilaire Brochu


To Pierrette,Rodrigue,Ghislaine qnd all of Alice's family very sorry to read of her passing. Please except our deepest sympathies Ron and Laida Edson Denver Colorado

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