CLAREMONT — Roberta Jeannette (Gregoire) Dugas, 92, formerly of Claremont, passed away peacefully on May 10, 2019 after a 10-year battle with Lewy Body dementia. She was born in Claremont on February 16, 1927, the daughter of the late Annie (Lizotte) Gregoire and Fred I. Gregoire. She attended St. Mary’s Schools and was a graduate of Keene Beauty Academy. She owned and operated her own business in Claremont for over 40 years, Roberta’s Beauty Salon on Maple Avenue. She was a former member of the Claremont Lioness Club and was active in many charities. She loved gardening and was proud of her vegetable garden and her many flowerbeds. She loved playing cards, her many pets over the years, and traveling with her husband. She made the best fig squares and date-filled cookies anyone ever tasted. She was married to Joseph G. Dugas on June 14, 1947. Joe passed away on April 30, 2004.
The surviving family includes her sons Norman G. Dugas of Brattleboro, Vermont and Gary L. Dugas and his wife Laura of Hooksett; one grandson, Ross J. Dugas and his wife Sabrina of Hooksett; two great-granddaughters, Lilah Dugas and Liv Dugas. She was also pre-deceased by great-granddaughter Ave Hope Dugas in 2013. She is also survived by her brother Earl F. Gregoire and his wife Valderese, and many nieces and nephews.
Roberta was pre-deceased by three sisters, Anna Helene Gregoire, Anita Waylor and Yvonne Burke, and by five brothers, Israel A.Gregoire, Calix A. Gregoire, Arthur Gregoire, Donald Gregoire, and her twin brother, Robert J. Gregoire.
Calling hours will be on Wednesday, May 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad St., Claremont. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. at St. Mary Church on Central St. followed by interment at St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to: Aveshope.org (for SIDS research in memory of Roberta’s great-granddaughter) or to Alzheimer’s Association, 1 Bedford Farms Drive, Bedford, NH 03110. The family would also like to thank the Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen for their loving care over the past three years. To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence, visit www.stringerfh.com