Georgette Louise Gatineau, a founding member of CLAWS of Mashpee, died at her Mashpee home on August 17, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 93.
The daughter of George and Louise (Prigent) Gatineau, she was born in Southbridge and was graduated from Mary E. Wells High School in Southbridge in 1946.
She earned a bachelor of science degree at Purdue University, and later studied to obtain a master of arts degree. She attended the Sorbonne in Paris for a year after receiving her bachelor’s degree.
After working for a time in San Francisco, she accepted a position teaching American Air Force dependents, initially in London and then at Lakenheath High School where she remained teaching French and English until her retirement in 1992.
While living in Britain she took the opportunity of traveling extensively in Europe and neighboring countries, including Russia.
Ms. Gatineau returned to Massachusetts after her retirement and settled in Mashpee.
Long concerned with animal welfare, she was a founding member of Cats Lost and Wanting Shelter (CLAWS) of Mashpee, formed in 1997, along with June Daley, Mashpee’s former animal control officer, and several others. Ms. Gatineau sat on the board of directors and remained a steadfast volunteer for the duration of the group. Her cats Bert and Sealy were two of several she adopted over the years.
She was a proponent of lifelong learning, and attended many continuing education classes including Current Events, which she enjoyed for several years, only recently having to give up attendance due to her illness.
She leaves her nieces, Roberta Barbour, who was by her side at her death, and Wren Gatineau of Astoria, Oregon; her nephew, Paul Gatineau of Oregon City, Oregon; and many grand- and great-grand nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brother, Robert Gatineau.
No services were announced.