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16 Pleasant Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: 207-622-9311
Fax: 207-622-9313
Pearle Gervais

Pearle E Gervais

Tuesday, May 12th, 1925 - Friday, June 28th, 2019
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AUGUSTA, MAINE
Pearle E. (Sullivan) Gervais died Friday, June 28, 2019 at her home following a brief illness. She was surrounded for two weeks by the love of family. Pearle was born in Oakfield, ME on May 12, 1925, daughter of the late Ralph and Grace (Nelson) Sullivan.
A quote hangs on her son's bedroom wall, "When God wants something done in this world, He sends a baby, and then, He waits..." God kept waiting and waiting so Pearle could keep her love going in the world for 94 years.
Pearle's life was in some ways paradoxical. She was simple, yet educated. Homebound, yet popular with all ages, sickly yet long-lived, religious yet not judgmental.
Mrs. Gervais was an Oakfield High School graduate, class of 1942. She was valedictorian of her class.
She was a homemaker for most of her life but had worked for a short time at Central Maine Power and Bank of Maine. Pearle's true mission was being a mother and grandmother.
Raised initially Protestant, Mrs. Gervais became a devout Catholic and communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and a member of the St. Mary’s Choir. She knew with her heart and soul that God was real and had several experiences that confirmed such.
She was a member of the St. Paul Cursillistas group and the Padre Pio Prayer Group; she had a deep devotion to Padre Pio and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Pearle may have been the most popular 94 year old in Maine. She was homebound, but a constant presence in the lives of her children, grandchildren and all of their friends. She followed anyone and everyone on Facebook and loved to "punch like" on every post, lest the poster feel unappreciated. She was overjoyed to be present in people's lives in this fashion. She loved everyone she met and went out of her way to make them feel valued. When you were with Pearle, you knew the love of God.
Mrs. Gervais was pre-deceased by her husband, Raymond L. “Larry” Gervais; a daughter, Karen Gervais and four sisters: Phyllis Gervais, Arlene Dwyer, Marjorie Swallow and Betty McDougal.
She is survived by her son, Michael L. Gervais and wife Carrie of Chelsea, a daughter, Mary Ann Gilbert and her husband Bob of Palermo; her brother, Lewis Sullivan of Houlton; many grandchildren: Rachael Judkins and Christopher Turcotte, Lauren, Monica, and Aaron Gilbert, Theresa (Tessa), Gabe, and Ian Gervais, great granddaughter Kara Gilley, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
At her request, there will be no public visiting hours. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 18th at 11 AM at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Western Ave., Augusta. Burial will follow at 1 PM at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Dr., Augusta.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Bread of Life Ministries, 159 Water St., Augusta, ME, 04330.
Pearle is now rejoicing with her family in heaven.
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    Thursday, July 18th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, July 18th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church
    Address
    41 Western Avenue
    Augusta, ME 04330
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  • Interment

    Location
    Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    Address
    283 Civic Center Drive
    AUGUSTA, ME 04330
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    Burial will be at 1 PM following the memorial Mass.

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David Leibowitz

Posted at 05:28pm
Dear Mike and family. So sorry we were not able to go to your Mom;s funeral Mass. Your family has always been special to us. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

David & Renette Leibowitz
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Vickie

Posted at 04:06pm
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I'm reaching out with some encouragement as I too have lost many loved ones in death. One thing that has helped me to cope many times is a promise made by in the Bible at Acts 24:15. Here it says that we can have a “hope toward God” for He promises that “there is going to be a resurrection.” What a comfort to have “a hope of the everlasting life that God, who cannot lie, promised long ago.” (Titus 1:2)

Another comforting Scripture, one of my personal favorites, is Revelation 21:4. It speaks of world conditions under God’s Kingdom rule. It says: “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” A most reassuring promise indeed! I hope these verses comfort you as they have comforted me. My heart and prayers go out to you.

Below is a link to a very encouraging Scripture-based brochure entitled, When Someone You Love Dies.

https://tinyurl.com/y8q5fv93

Deepest Sympathies,
Vickie
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Vickie

Posted at 04:06pm
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I'm reaching out with some encouragement as I too have lost many loved ones in death. One thing that has helped me to cope many times is a promise made by in the Bible at Acts 24:15. Here it says that we can have a “hope toward God” for He promises that “there is going to be a resurrection.” What a comfort to have “a hope of the everlasting life that God, who cannot lie, promised long ago.” (Titus 1:2)

Another comforting Scripture, one of my personal favorites, is Revelation 21:4. It speaks of world conditions under God’s Kingdom rule. It says: “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” A most reassuring promise indeed! I hope these verses comfort you as they have comforted me. My heart and prayers go out to you.

Below is a link to a very encouraging Scripture-based brochure entitled, When Someone You Love Dies.

https://tinyurl.com/y8q5fv93

Deepest Sympathies,
Vickie
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Ron Veno

Posted at 06:13am
Mike and Carrie, so sorry for your loss. I remember Pearle as always having a smile on her face. Whenever you walked into her home, you always felt her welcoming glow and genuine expression of kindness. You were blessed to have her for so many years. I'm sure there are memories that you can share of a lifetime for a lifetime. My condolences to the rest of your family.
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