Carlene M. Cousineau

Resided in Marquette, MI
Died October 6th, 2016

Carlene Marie Cousineau, age 65, of Marquette, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Thursday, October 6, 2016 while visiting her father, Don Cousineau in Escanaba.

Carlene was born on April 29th, 1951 in Alpena, MI, she was the only daughter of Donald C. Cousineau and the late Thelma Cousineau. She was a 1969 graduate of Holy Name Catholic Central High School in Escanaba, Michigan. She later graduated from Bay de Noc Community College with a Licensed Practical Nursing degree and started on her lifelong journey of caring for people.

Carlene had a passion for helping people and was able to fulfill it by nursing throughout her life: first at St. Mary’s in Marquette; next at Bell Hospital in Ishpeming; at the offices of Dr. Scholnik and Arnold; with Lake Superior Home Health and Hospice; and as a private duty caregiver to elderly patients. She also spent 15 plus years working at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and helped patients navigate their way through the complicated paths of health insurance. She also cared for everyone she met and was always willing to lend a hand or offer support.

Carlene’s passion for helping people was only surpassed by her love for her two children and six grandchildren. Her greatest joy in life was watching her grandchildren, and honorary grandchildren, grow and thrive. She would often be spotted at hockey and baseball games; school concerts; volunteering in the classroom; and other events.

Carlene was Fun with a capital F. She was bright and flashy and was never afraid to speak her mind. She was a devout Democrat and loved posting about her love for Hillary Clinton (she will be so disappointed she didn’t get a chance to vote for her in November). Carlene loved hard and deeply. She loved taking in “strays” and giving them her love. She was “Mom #2” to many of her children’s friends and “Grandma Carlene” to many more. She was an amazing mom, daughter, sister, and friend. She will be missed by everyone who was ever lucky enough to meet her.

Carlene was preceded in death by her mother, Thelma; and her brother, Mark Cousineau.

She is survived by her two children, Kristen (Scott) Cambensy of Marquette and Kevin (Amy) Smith of Green Bay; her six grandchildren, Mark, Wylen, and Luc Cambensy, Paige, Kennedy, and Nick Smith of Green Bay; father, Donald; her brothers, Donnie (Jayne) of Gladstone, Pete (Michelle) of Wisconsin, and Paul of Escanaba; her five nieces, Heather (Brian) Kaufman of Minnesota, Nadine Cousineau of California, Stacey Cousineau of Escanaba, Aimee (Josh) Plutchak, and Jessica Cousineau; her ex-husband and friend, Jim (Judy) Smith; and her many friends and loved ones including Terry (Rick) Tryan and the remaining friends of the “fearsome foursome, Judy (John) Fisher, Paulette (Bob) Potvin, and Cathy (Randy) Johnson.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 11th from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba, parish prayers will be at 6:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Wednesday, October 12th at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church with Rev. Rick Courier officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Carlene’s name to her family. A memorial will be established at a later date.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Cousineau family.

8 Tributes to “Carlene M. Cousineau”

  1. So so sorry to hear this! Wonderful lady. Our thoughts are with you all; especially to the family of Rick, Terry Tessa and Bailey!

  2. To the Cousineau familY: I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Carlene. She was a wonderful lady. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Kevin and Kristen- I am still stunned to hear the news. I loved your mom dearly and deeply for her strength, wisdom, faith in God, determination, and of course her sense of humor and laughter! She lived life to the fullest and set an example for all of us. She loved her family fiercely. She was such a gift to my family and for that I will always be grateful. I can’t count how many times I called her to ask, “What should I do?!” She was always there to give support and share her own wisdom. It’s comforting to know that she is now among the angels she so loved. Love, Tessa Dagenais

  4. Kristin and Kevin, John and I are so saddened to hear about the passing of your beloved mom. I so enjoyed her company through the hockey years so long ago as ” goalie moms” and most recent as proud “hockey grandmas”. Her smiling face and bubbly personality will be missed by many! May you both find comfort in your fond memories and knowing how much love and pride she had for you and your children. Prayers and hugs.

  5. What an awesome gift this woman was in our lives. We wish it could have been longer but remind ourselves that our lives on this earth are as quick as the blink of an eye compared to eternal life. Someday we will see each other again. God bless you Car and thanks for everything!

  6. Kristen and Kevin, so sorry to hear about your Mom.😔 She was a great Lady and quite a spitfire. She will be missed! I enjoyed babysitting , and spending time with you two growing up! Even though you two were quite young when I watched you I really enjoyed my time with you! My thoughts and prayers go out to you both.

  7. So sad to hear the news about Carlene. My sincere condolences to the Cousineau family. Carlene was such a sweet and kind person. I went to school at St. Thomas and got to know Carlene, Donny and Peter and Paul. Such a wonderful family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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