WATERTOWN — Yolanda (Laliberte) Fournier passed through the eternal gates of heaven on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the age of 86.

Yolanda is survived by her husband, best friend and companion, J. Andre Fournier, who shared this wonderful journey for 65 years. Yolanda’s passing left a massive void in J. Andre’s life.

Yolanda was born October 16, 1932 in Waterbury, the daughter of Albany and Annette Laliberte. She cherished her French-Canadian heritage and often told stories of her summers on the family farms in Quebec.

Yolanda lead an active, purposeful life that always revolved around her family and community. Selfless, humble and never seeking attention from those who knew her, she served in many leadership roles. She was the president of ABWA, director of Waterbury Day Nursery and many other community organizations. The Oakville Players Theater Group was a long-time passion she shared with her husband.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Steven Fournier and his wife, Christine, and Donald Fournier and his wife, Tracie; her daughter, Jo-Ann O'Neill and her husband, Fred; and her daughter-in-law, Susan Fournier, widow of Yolanda’s late son, Micheal G. Fournier. Seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren will also cherish the memory of Yolanda. She leaves behind her siblings, Reverend George Laliberte, Shirley Diafeiro and her husband, Joe, and Paul Laliberte and his wife, Debbie.

Yolanda guided her friends and family in grace and dignity and left them the same way.

Her brother, Reverend George Laliberte, will celebrate Yolanda’s life with a memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 16, at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 16 Buckingham St., Oakville. Friends and family are asked to meet directly at the church. Arrangements are by Hickcox Funeral Home, 195 Main St., Watertown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Yolanda’s name may be made to American Parkinson’s Disease (part of Yale Hospital), 1450 Chapel St., New Haven 06511, or a charity of the donor's choice.

For additional information or to leave an online message of condolence, visit www.hickcoxfuneralhome.com.

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