This week's funeral card, ou cartes mortuaires dans Francais, is a card that was made for one of my youngest daughter's paternal (on her father's maternal side) great-grand uncles, Louis Mayotte. I posted Louis' obituary a few weeks ago. Believed to have been originally published in L'Etoile in Lowell, MA, the obituary text is all in French (which has been extracted and translated) as is the text in this funeral card. Please see my extraction and translation below the card. I received both the obituary and funeral card from another of Louis' nieces, Sue Johnson nee Mayotte. Sue and I have been sharing our research in regard to her and my daughter's father's Mayotte line, as well as with the other related branches of this family.
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A LA DOUCE MEMOIRE DE
EPOUX DE LILLIAN FRENETTE
Decede le 15 fevrier 1934, a l'age de
26 ans, 7 mois et 19 jours.
Je te supplie, espouse bien-aimee, et vous,
chers enfants, chers frere et soeurs,
parents et amis cheris, ainsi que tous ceux
qui m'ont connu de vous souvenir de moi
dans vos prieres.
Adieu, chere epouse que j' ai tant aimee
et vous enfants de ma tendresse adieu!
O qu 'il est dur et cruel ce sacrifice!
J'avais demande a Dieu quelques annes
encore, chers enfants, afin d'affermir vos
pas chancelants. Dieu ne l'a pas voulu, que
sa sainte volonte soit faite.
Parents et amis, ne pleurez pas celui que
vous avez perdu, Je n'etais qu'un depot que
Dieu vous a repris. Consolez vous!
Jesus, misericorde. (100 jours d'ind.)
Une Communion, une priere s'il vous
MADE IN FRANCE
IN THE SWEET MEMORY OF
HUSBAND OF LILLIAN FRENETTE
Died the 15 February 1934, at the age of
26 years, 7 months and 19 days.
I beseech thee, beloved bride, and you,
dear children, dear brother and sisters,
parents and close friends, and all those
who knew me to remember me
in your prayers.
Farewell, dear wife that I have loved so much
and to you my children a tender farewell!
O it is hard and cruel this sacrifice!
I asked God for a few more years,
dear children, to help strengthen your
faltering steps. God did not want that,
may his holy will be done.
Relatives and friends, weep not for the one
you've lost, I was just a receptacle which
was once His. Comfort yourself!
Merciful, Jesus. (100 days of indulgence.)
A prayer of Communion, if you
MADE IN FRANCE