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10 unique gifts for your favorite parish priests this Christmas

At the risk of being accused of pandering for gifts, here is an article that lists 10 excellent suggestions for gifts that any parish priest would appreciate.


R.I.P. Michael Nadeau (son of the late Mary Lapierre Nadeau of Chapeau)


Mike Nadeau, 56, of Washington Township, PA, passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital on Wednesday, December 6 with his loving wife, Paula, holding his hand by his side. Born on May 4, 1961, in Chapeau, Quebec, he was the son of the late Mary LaPierre Nadeau and Acey Nadeau. He was greatly influenced by his parents who gave him his strong work ethic, taught him to be kind and generous and blessed him with the ability to build or fix anything, hunt, fish, and bake. Mike was a High School graduate who started his paving stone career sweeping the floors and worked his way up to Chief Operating Officer and part owner of Techo-Bloc Corp in Pen Argyl, where he worked for the past 14 years. Mike believed that with hard work, dedication and passion, he and anyone could accomplish anything. He instilled these values in his employees, friends, and family.

Mike is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Paula Pantaleo Nadeau, and his 15-year-old daughter, Teresa, who was his pride and joy. His greatest joys were playing guitar with Teresa, listening to her sing or play piano, watching her act, time spent fishing on his boat with “his girls” and his annual epic snowmobile trips with his brothers and great friends. Mike is also survived by his loving brothers, Dr. John Nadeau (Stephanie) and Hugh (Ginette) both of whom he greatly loved and admired, and who traveled far to be at his side during his illness, his sisters Rosie Flanagan (Bob) and Jean McConneghy, his mother-in-law, Isabella Pantaleo, and sister-in-law, Frances (Bob). He was predeceased by his sister, Joan, a brother, James, and his father-in-law, Philip Pantaleo. Mike will be greatly missed by his many nieces and nephews and his friends and colleagues in the US, Canada, and Europe that he touched, encouraged, taught and influenced, and especially his partner, Charles Ciccarello and his wife, Nancy, and family, and his best friend, Chris McAllister, who was by his side and helped take care of Mike and his family during his illness.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, 11 AM, Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 300 W. Babbitt Avenue, Pen Argyl, PA. There will be visitation hours, Monday beginning at 5 PM until 8 PM and Tuesday beginning at 10 AM until 10:45 AM all at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. Interment will be in St. Roch’s Cemetery, West Bangor. The Ruggiero Funeral Home, LLC,, Pen Argyl is in charge of arrangements.

R.I.P. Lillian Smiley


Lillian Smiley (nee Bechamp)


Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in hospital, Shawville, Quebec on Friday, December 1, 2017, at the age of 89 years. Daughter of the late Joseph Bechamp and the late Delina Ranger. Beloved wife of the late Ivan Smiley. Loving mother of Janice (Ivan Turner), Jacqueline (Louis Turner), Suzanne (John Brisson), Nancy (Jean-Paul Picotte) and Karen (Billy Turner). Special grandmother of 13 grandchildren and great-grandmother of many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Dear sister of Angeline (Keith Davidson), Alphire (Maggie) and Laurier. Predeceased by a daughter Margaret and by her brothers Joseph, Paul, Lorrain, Rene and Alire. Resting at the Hayes Funeral Home, 56 St. Jacques Street, Chapeau, Quebec on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Quebec on Thursday at 1 p.m. Interment Parish cemetery.

R.I.P. Helen Fleming

Obituary of Helen Fleming (nee Fitzpatrick)

fleming_helenPassed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, October 23, 2017 at Marianhill, Pembroke, Ontario in her 82nd year. Daughter of the late Thomas Joseph Fitzpatrick and the late Mary Mainville. Beloved wife of the late Jack Fleming. Loving mother of Terry, Bobby (Kathy), Herbie (Sharon), Jack (Kathy), Donald (Lynn), Brian (Cricea) and Danny. Cherished grandmother of 16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Sister of Betty (Stan), Zita (late Gordie), Jacqueline (late Bernie) and T.J. (Martha). Predeceased by her son Michael and by her siblings Rene, Sylvia, Marion and Carl. She will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral Mass to be celebrated at St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Quebec on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment parish cemetery. Donations to the charity of choice would be greatly appreciated.