Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Wife, Sister, and Friend, Doreen Ann Patenaude (née Gaucher) passed peacefully at her home surrounded by her children and husband on January 23, 2023, after a 20-year battle with multiple sclerosis.
Doreen was caring, compassionate, funny, intelligent, and fiery. She loved cooking, music, social justice, and most of all, her family. She was easy to love because she loved easily.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, on February 1, 1950 to Giovanna (née Macioce) and Hormidas Gaucher, Doreen spent her childhood playing with her sister and many cousins in Canarsie. She married her first husband, Gerard Cafaro, and they had three children together; Gregory, Andrea and Jeanine. Doreen moved to Hilton Head Island in 1989 where she eventually met and married, Conrad Patenaude; a devoted, loyal, and loving husband until the end. She loved being a grandmother to granddaughters; Leah, Madelyn, and Nina; and adored her son-in-law, Todd.
Doreen is survived by her husband Conrad Patenaude; son Gregory Cafaro; daughters Andrea (Todd) McKee, and Jeanine Cafaro; sister Patricia Gorman; and three adored grandchildren; Leah, Madelyn, and Nina.
A Celebration of Doreen’s life will be held during the spring. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please consider making a contribution to the National MS Society (NationalMSSociety.org) or a local hospice of your choosing.
"...And in the end, the Love you take, is equal to the Love you make."
A Memorial Tree was planted for Doreen
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at The Island Funeral Home & Crematory