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N. Andover - Gertrude "Gert" Florence Routhier, 88, of North Andover, former longtime resident of Lawrence, passed away peacefully on February 14, 2020, surrounded by her devoted family at the Sutton Hill Center.

Born in Methuen on April 17, 1931, to the late William E. and Delia (Carrier) Mailhot, Gert attended Sacred Heart Grammar School and graduated from Lawrence High School. After high school, she worked for many years at Raytheon where she met many lifelong friends. Gert as she was affectionately known by her family and friends, met the love of her life and was joined in wedded bliss on November 8, 1953. As a devout Catholic, she was a member of the 3rd Order of Mary Immaculate and was a communicant of Sacred Heart until the parish closed. Gert was a selfless person who always advocated for those who less fortunate than her, especially of the residents at the Sutton Hill Center.

Gert was the proud and beloved matriarch of her large family where she was the den mother for her sons' Boy Scout troop and was always involved in many of the family activities. She enjoyed the many pleasures that life had to offer; camping, being an avid competitive swimmer, playing bingo and cards, and loving all things of related to sports. Gert who touched many lives in many different circles will fondly be loved, cherished, missed and in her own words "I love you, I love you all."

Gert is survived by her eight loving children; her daughter Rita Persichetti and her husband Stephen of Fitchburg, Mass.; her daughter Rachel Roby and her husband Stephen of Lawrence, Mass.; her son Glenn Routhier and his wife Audrey of Clermont, Fla.; her son Mark Routhier of Methuen; her son Kevin Routhier and his wife Wendellyn of Chesterfield, Va., her daughter Marie Ladd and her husband John of Concord, N.C.; her son Leo Routhier also of Methuen; and her daughter Susan Routhier and her husband Armand also of Clermont, Fla. She was the grandmother to her 20 grandchildren; and great-grandmother of seven. Gert is also survived by her brother Paul Mailhot of Florida and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death in June, 2007 by her soulmate and husband J.N. Leo Routhier with whom she celebrated 53 years of marriage together. Gert was also predeceased by her siblings, Philippe Mailhot, Dorothy St. Hailaire, Ernest Mailhot, Rita Pepin, Henry Mailhot and William Mailhot.
To honor Gert's wishes all services will be privately held. The Routhier family would like to personally thank the kind and caring staff at the Sutton Hill Center for their years of providing Gert with dignity, grace and respect. Please consider making a donation in Gert's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home is proud to serve the Routhier family.
Published on February 17, 2020


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Marie Titone
Feb 22, 2020
Sorry for your loss you lost a remarkable women I worked with your Mom at Raytheon from day 1 till she retired. she was so proud of all you kids. I remember her getting her 1st new car and her new washer with the stainless steel drum and her custom window blinds like a little kid with a new toy. my deepest sympathy again
Lauren A Sacco
Feb 19, 2020
Gert, you will be extremely missed! I loved your personality and there was never a time that you didn’t make me laugh. You always had a smile on your face and was always full of life. You were definitely one of the many residents I enjoyed talking to at Sutton Hill. You always made my day.

I wish the Routhier family nothing but the best during this difficult time.

Lauren - Receptionist at Sutton Hill Center
Driscoll Family
Feb 18, 2020
We were blessed to have Mrs. Routhier as our neighbor (and Mr. Routhier too) for 25 years on Inman Street. She was a beautiful woman!
Maura Buser
Feb 17, 2020
Dear Routhier family,

It is with sadness that I hear of the passing of Gert. During my years at Sutton she was an absolute ray of sunshine and humor. She was so down to earth honest, said it like it was and was a “mother hen” till the end. What a great person to have loved you all. I don’t doubt she left a piece of her in each of you.

Many prayers,
Maura Buser