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February 27, 2017

Burial Date May 6, 2017

Funeral Home Rice Funeral Home

Place of Service Blessed Sacrament Parish

Section Garden of Heritage II Lot Number: 926Grave Number: D#2

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     Cecile O. (Croteau) Banfill, 85, formerly of Oxford, died Monday, February 27, 2017 at the Golden Living Center – The Hermitage, 383 Mill St, Worcester.

Her husband of nearly 60 years, Donald I. Banfill, Sr., died in July, 2010.  She leaves a daughter, Donna M. Knott and her husband Glenn of Leicester; two sons, Donald I. Banfill, Jr., and his wife Cindi of Venice, FL, David P. Banfill and his partner Keith Santner of  Winter Haven, FL; four grandchildren, Jason G. Knott and Katie of Michigan, Jennifer “Jenny” M. Roberts and her husband Bill of Spencer, Joshua J. Knott of Spencer, and Celeste R. Banfill of Florida; three great-grandchildren, Matthew J. and Samantha C. Lackey of Spencer, and Emma R. Knott of Spencer. She was predeceased by three brothers, Arthur, Nap, and Leon Croteau, and a sister, Irene Barrette.  She was born in Worcester, daughter of Apolinaire and Rose D. (Tremblay) Croteau.  She was a graduate of St. Anne’s Academy in Marlborough.

Cecile was a medical secretary for Dr. Herbert Jordan of Worcester for many years.  Prior to that she worked for Webster Cable TV and Sandalwood Nursing Home in Oxford.  She and her husband Donald spent eight years in Florida after their retirement, where she volunteered at the Red Cross and as a cuddler in a hospital nursery.  Cecile was a loving, kind, caring mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  Her family always came first.  We all have cherished memories of Mom “Mémère”.

A special thank you from Cecile’s family to the Golden Living staff for all the care and compassion over the years.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10:00 am at Blessed Sacrament Church, 555 Pleasant St, Worcester. Burial will follow in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton.   Rice Funeral Home, 300 Park Ave, is in care of arrangements.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839.