Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The Obituary of Victoria Simoneau nee Ferron, 1990, Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Published 16 Dec 1990, pg. 57 in The Lowell Sun

SIMONEAU - Died December 13. Mrs. Victoria F. (Ferron) Simoneau, formerly of Dutton and Cosgrove Streets, Lowell. Friends may call at Dracut Funeral Home 2159 Lakeview Avenue, DRACUT Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Her funeral will take place Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock from the funeral home, followed by her funeral mass to be celebrated at 10 o'clock in Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, Smith St., Lowell. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Victoria F. Simoneau
...owned rooming house
Victoria F. (Farron) Simoneau, formerly of Dutton and Cosgrove streets, Lowell died Thursday at the Northwood Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Alfred Simoneau.

She was born in Canada, daughter of the late Claude and Georgianna(Roboulin) Ferron. For more than 30 years Mrs. Simoneau, the first owner of the former Black North Inn on Broadway Road in Dracut, ran a mill-worker rooming house on the Dutton Street Front Row. She also managed Friend's Day-Old Bakery on Cabot Street, where bread was purchased at two and three cents a loaf during the Depression years.

She was a communicant of Notre Dame de Lourdes Church and was a member of the parish's Ladies Sodality. She was also active in St. Anne's Sodality at Notre Dame and Cercle Jeanne Mance. Surviving her are a grandchild, Alan Reedy of Lowell, a stepson, Roland Joseph Simoneau of Lowell and many nieces and nephews.

I am going to look into the history of The Black North Inn. The Village Inn is now what used to be The Black North Inn. I have been told that there was a picture of Victoria Simoneau that hung in the entry way of the Village Inn in Dracut. I would like to see that.

Here is a picture of me and my great Aunt Victoria during the summer of 1968. This picture was taken in the backyard of my grandfather, Paul Maille's house at 163 Meadowcroft St. Lowell, MA. I am sitting on Victoria's lap. My father identified this picture for me. He said he believes the woman on the right might be Paul Maille's mother, Rose Therrien, but he is not sure. He also did not know who the woman on the left is. I believe she may be Victoria's sister Blanche.

Update-24 Apr 2008- Paul Farley (Peter, Yvonne Ferron) and Robert Moran (John, Yvonne Ferron) have further identified this picture. Left to right..Blanche Ferron, Victoria Ferron and Yvonne Ferron. Taken abt. spring/summer 1968 at 163 Meadowcroft St., Lowell, MA


  1. Anonymous8:48 PM

    Hi Michelle,

    This is probably the same person:

    Marie Victoire Ferron, born Sept. 4, 1893 to Claude Ferron, farmer, and Georgina Rabouin. Baptised Sept. 8 at St-Paulin. Godfather: Joseph Guilmette - godmother: Rosanna Généreux.

    She had a sister called Victoria, born in 1883 who died in 1885. Her godparents were Benjamin Ferron, farmer of St-Léon-le-Grand, and his wife Victoire Lescadre.

    So long,

    Jacqui (Tiernan)

  2. Jacqui you are the best. I do have her date of birth. I obtained it through the SSDI. However, I had no clue just where in Quebec she was born. Thank you so much for opening this family up for me. You have been such a great help to me and I appreciate it very much.

    Michelle : )