VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Edith B. Croteau, 93, peacefully left her life here for a better eternal one on March 4, 2014, surrounded at home by her loving family.
She was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on May 5, 1920, daughter of John H. and Mary Cooper Boutillette. Her childhood and young adult years were spent in Quincy and Melrose, Massachusetts. She graduated from Boston University in 1941. Edith married Louis Joseph Croteau in 1947, and was a teacher in the Boston area until moving to Northfield, New Hampshire in 1952. She taught junior high math in the Canterbury and Belmont school districts, where she was loved and respected by her students and peers, until her retirement after 27 years of service in 1980. Her favorite hobbies were gardening, sewing, craft projects, reading, and golf. After the death of her husband Lou in 1997, she moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, to spend more time with her family. Here she enjoyed her favorite role of being a devoted mother and grandmother.
Survivors include her son Dr. Louis Croteau and his wife Susan, grandson Bradley Croteau and his fiancée Lisa Lervolino, granddaughter Kimberly Croteau Sparks and her husband T.J., and great-grandson Logan Sparks, all of Virginia Beach.
This true lady will be greatly missed by her friends and family. She would like to express her appreciation to all her health care providers at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, Sentara Family Medicine Physicians, and Sentara Hospice for their kind and excellent care.
According to her wishes, there will be no calling hours or public services planned. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. Her main request was for those who knew and loved her to celebrate her life and memory in the same way she closed her Christmas newsletter, "remember to live well, love much, and laugh often."