marblehead — Dolores L. (Gallant) Chalifour, 85, of Marblehead, died on Friday, February 14, 2014, at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Gloucester, following a long battle with Parkinson's disease. She was the devoted wife of the late Oscar J. Chalifour.
Born and raised in Lawrence, she was the daughter of the late Anselm and Eugenie (Laroche) Gallant. Dolores was a graduate of St. Theresa High School in Lawrence. She and Oscar married in 1948, and shortly after the couple moved to Salem, where they raised their family, and spent their summers in Marblehead. It was during these years that she was an active member of the former St. Joseph Parish of Salem, as well as the CYO program, the Sodality Les Dames de la Ste. Famille, St. Joseph Prayer Community, and the St. Joseph Bowling League. In her spare time, she also chaperoned for the Girls Scouts.
Always a deeply religious woman, and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Dolores was a woman of service to family and others. In 1971, the couple moved to Marblehead. While in Marblehead, Oscar became severely handicapped and Dolores devoted most of her time caring for him. She joined Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish and became involved with the parish community center, the Altar Guild, the Marriage Encounter program, and cooking for the parish outreach program for housebound parishioners. She was also a volunteer knitter for Penny Bear of Marblehead. With all of this, chores were always done in good humor and with a smile. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her two sons, Glenn O. Chalifour and his wife, Terry, of Berwick, Maine, and Daniel J. Chalifour and his wife, Cynthia, of Whitefield, N.H.; two daughters, Gail E. Chalifour of Marblehead, and Cynthia L. Aldrich and her husband, James, of Manchester-by-the-Sea; six grandchildren, Michael and Brian Chalifour, Becky Harmon and her husband, Andrew, Corrine Turner and her husband, Barry, and Thomas and Evan Aldrich; and three great-grandchildren, Channing, Quinlyn and Benjamin; as well as many nieces and nephews.