Carmel B. Brassbridge

LISBON — Carmel B. Brassbridge, 67, a resident of Surprise, Ariz., passed away on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, at the home of her sister, Muriel Rivard so that Carmel’s family could be with her and her husband, Harvard for her final days.

She was born in Lewiston on March 3, 1943, the daughter of Armand and Florida (Champagne) Charest. While growing up in Lewiston, she was a member of Holy Cross Church, and was a 1961 graduate of Lewiston High School. While raising a family, she balanced work and home duties during her early years. She was very proud of continuing her education and graduating from Central Maine Vocational Technical Institute’s licensed nursing program in 1982. She then worked in nursing until her retirement.

She met her husband, Harvard, on April 27, 1983, a date that they celebrated annually along with their wedding anniversary.

Besides being devoted to her family, she had a strong devotion to the St. Clair of Assisi Parish in Surprise, Ariz., where she was a Eucharistic minister, lector, CCD teacher, and member of their Ladies Ministry. She was also active in many local groups and charities.

Carmel throughout the years always maintained a special relationship with her first husband’s family, the Voisines.

Survivors include her husband Harvard of Surprise, Ariz.; children, Christine Malinowski of Sabattus, Carol-Ann Galban of Redding, Conn., Marc Voisine of Auburn, and Gerard C. Desjardins of Buxton; stepchildren, James Brassbridge of Sebago, Kelvin Brassbridge of Heartland and Robert Brassbridge of Augusta; and siblings, Muriel Rivard of Lisbon, Conrad Charest of Lewiston, Claire Dechene of Oxford and Ft. Dora, Fla., Alta Bouchard of Lisbon, and Alma Ouellette of Auburn; 10 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Milferd H. Voisine in 1965; and her second husband, Gerard R. Desjardins in 1982.

A Mass of Christian Burial honoring Carmel’s life was celebrated Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Holy Cross Church in Lewiston. Committal prayers followed at St. Peter’s Cemetery. Online condolences and sharing of memories may be expressed at

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