Louise Antoinette Pontbriand of Bourne died November 8. She was 97.
She was the widow of Clifford H. Pontbriand.
Ms. Pontbriand was born in Southbridge, a daughter of Felix A. and Antoinette (Desrosier) Bouvier.
Soon after Ms. Pontbriand turned 20, she was at the Cocoanut Grove, a popular restaurant/supper club in Boston, the evening of November 28, 1942, when a five-alarm fire broke out. Although Ms. Pontbriand was injured and hospitalized she survived the blaze, but 492 others died as a result of the tragedy.
The experience motivated her to pursue a career in nursing. After graduating from the Worcester Memorial School of Nursing, she worked as an operating room nurse at Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge. She later became a school nurse and finally a clinical nurse at the Framingham Heart Study.
In the early 1980s, she and her husband moved from Sudbury to Aptucxet Village to live in a condominium they had owned since 1974.
In a 1985 article in the Enterprise about a walking club that had been formed, Ms. Pontbriand was among a trio of registered nurses who volunteered to walk along the Cape Cod Canal with the group. She had previously been the former outreach worker for Buzzards Bay with the Bourne Council on Aging as well as a volunteer nurse for years.
She had a love for the outdoors and played golf. She enjoyed skiing with her family and was a member of the Vorlage Ski Club in Woodstock, Vermont. She had traveled all over the world.
Ms. Pontbriand loved to garden and was a member of Aptucxet Garden Club and others. She had a passion for bridge and with the help of her friends she was able to play until the last few months.
She leaves her son, Thomas Pontbriand and his wife, Colleen Pontbriand, of Sagamore Beach; two grandsons, Clifford T. Pontbriand and Alec J. Pontbriand; two great-grandaughters, Sandra Pontbriand and Margot Pontbriand; and other family.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, November 18, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Pocasset.
Burial was at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.