Colette T. Albert

Life Story

Colette T. Albert, 95, Formerly of 254 Sabattus Street, Lewiston, died Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at the Clover Manor in Auburn, where she had been a resident for several years. Born in Lewiston on October 17, 1916, she was the daughter of Ludger and Regina Morin Albert. She graduated from St. Patrick’s School, Lewiston High School, Class of ’35, the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Boston, and the French Institute Alliance Française in New York City. She was proud of being the first female licensed funeral director in the state of Maine, and for 31 years she worked with her father, the founder of the Albert Funeral Home, now the Albert & Burpee Funeral Home. From 1963 to 1967 she owned the first Dunkin’ Donuts shop in the Lewiston-Auburn area, located across from CMMC at 319 Main St., Lewiston. The last 16 years of her working career were spent at Fleet Bank, retiring in December of 1983. From 1972 to 1998 she travelled extensively through Europe and North Africa, often with her sister Guilda. Colette was very proud of her French heritage, and for decades served as Lewiston’s unofficial Franco-American hostess, entertaining French dignitaries in her home. A member of Ss. Peter & Paul Basilica, Prince of Peace Parish, she is survived by several cousins and many dear friends. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Guilda Albert, who passed away in 1992.

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