Pinsonneault, Carmelle (Gauthier) (1934-2014)

Carmelle Pinsonneault, 79, of Moorhead, MN, formerly of Warren, MN, passed away on Monday morning, June 30, 2014 at Eventide Nursing Home in Moorhead.

Carmelle Gauthier was born on July 18, 1934 in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada, the daughter of Almer and Marguerite Gauthier. She received her RN degree from Hospital St. Charles de Saint Hyacinthe and her BS in Nursing from the University of Montreal. On July 8, 1961, Carmelle married Dr. Wilfrid Pinsonneault, of Ste. Agathe, Manitoba in Stephen, MN. They made their home and practiced medicine in Stephen, Drayton, ND and Roseau, MN before they moved to Warren. Carmelle was a dedicated nurse who worked at the hospital and clinic within each town they lived.

While in Warren, Carmelle graduated from UND with a BS in Political Science, which led to her involvement in many political causes, some of which led to many visits to the White House and Congress. She was an active member of all the communities within which she lived. Some of the organizations that she was associated with included MCCL, Minnesota Nurses Association, French Club and Women’s Club. She rose to leadership positions in every club, with some of them at the regional and national level.

They moved to Melbourne, FL., where her husband Wilfrid died on May 17, 1991. While in Florida, Carmelle worked at Holmes Regional Medical Center and Trico Hospice, both of Melbourne. After a short return to her home in Quebec, Carmelle’s love for the Red River Valley caused her to eventually retire back to Minnesota, where she chose to make her home in Moorhead, MN.

Carmelle enjoyed doing needlepoint, crocheting, latch hooking, and cooking for large groups of people. She also loved sports, particularly her hockey and baseball, where “heshootshescores” and “homerun” were found to be interchangeable in either game.

Her true love, however, was flying. She helped her husband start a program, where patients that needed care beyond what their rural setting would allow, were flown by the two to Regional medical centers throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. Most recently, with the help of WDAY TV, this very grateful retired nurse was once again allowed to climb into the cockpit one last time and soar into the sky, where she smiled ear to ear while taking the helm of an aircraft the spitting image of what once was her own.

Left to mourn her passing are two children, Richard (Joanne) Pinsonneault of Ada, MN and Nicole (Marshall) Simmons of Melbourne, FL; four grandchildren, Danielle (Dakota) Krout, Brigitte Pinsonneault, Aaron Simmons and Jocelyne Simmons; sister, Jocelyne Gauthier Duval of Quebec and brother, Michael Gauthier of Quebec.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Almer and Marguerite Gauthier and her husband, Wilfrid.

DuBore Funeral Home

[Interred Calvary Catholic cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky