RUTLAND- Kimberly J (Wedge) Gregoire of Rutland MA, passed away on January 1, 2021, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
She was born on Thanksgiving, November 25, 1954 to Raymond and Barbara Wedge (both pre-deceased) of Spencer MA and was a joyful presence to all who knew her.
She was a valedictorian graduate of St.Mary’s School and David Prouty High School in Spencer MA (1972), and a suma cum laude graduate of Worcester State University (BS Accounting) and Anna Maria College Paxton MA (MS Ed).
She enjoyed a variety of careers that included stints as a grant writer for the Roger Davis lab at the UMASS Medical School, as finance director of Girls Inc in Worcester, and her all time favorite career move, comprehensive 6th grade grammar school teacher at St. Peter’s Central Catholic School Worcester.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, David N Gregoire of Rutland MA, two children Jeremy D Gregoire and his wife Stacy (Sciolino) and their son Nicholas of Spencerport NY, Christopher D Gregoire and his wife Tammy (Harding) and their daughter Erin of Rutland MA.
She had an extraordinary, ordinary sort of life that was full of laughter and love and delight and she will never be forgotten by all those who knew her as an always supportive friend, who was spontaneous (capable of talking to a wrong number for 20+ minutes) and generous (like taking a wet, cross country bicycler that she met at a laundromat home so that he could get a hot meal before heading off to who knows where) and a passionate teacher and supporter of children (especially girls, because girls don’t get enough support, dammit!) all over the world via UNICEF, CCF and CFCA (now Outbound).
She loved camping and traveling and visited all but three states in the US and all of the provinces of Canada as well as trips abroad to Scotland and to India where she was especially delighted to meet her “sponsored daughter, Swathi and her family” in Hyderabad. She loved riding pillion (behind her husband) on their motorcycles but didn’t want to ride her own motorcycle because “riding pillion is fun and riding her own bike would have required her to pay attention to the road, and who wants to miss the scenery?”
Beneath that seemingly soft and warm exterior was a core of steel, she fought the disease for over 10 years, and she willingly participated in clinical trials to advance the science of Alzheimer’s Disease treatments. … 48 yeas of marriage to someone like that is way too short.
Pursuant to her wishes, Kim will be cremated. A date for a Memorial Mass (probably this spring) is pending.
There are no calling hours and no flowers or donations are requested. Just make sure to give lots hugs and appreciation to those who lives light up your own life and who, due to the sturm un drang of life you sometimes take for granted.
Her family wants to especially thank the staff of Quabbin Valley Health Care, Daniel Shays HWY in Athol MA for their dedication and care during the last trials of Kim’s life.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is assisting the family.
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