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Viviane G. Fotter

Date of Death: December 10, 2020


Viviane G. Fotter

1930-2020  Benton

“I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.”

Viviane G. Fotter,  God’s special servant with the most amazing, generous and loving heart, finally came to rest on December 10th and was called home to be forevermore and pain free into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Viviane was born in Waterville, the daughter of Emelia and Ernest Gagnon, and was gifted in drawing and crafts at a young age.  She would display them in her home for all to see especially at Christmas for many years.

In her teenage years at Waterville High School she excelled at the violin and in her later years would give the violin to a special granddaughter, Danielle, who would play jigs and reels for her at her home in Belgrade Lakes.  In 1948 she married the love of her life, Perham L. Fotter and they were married for 54 years until his passing in 2002.  During those years they raised six sons.  Mom and Dad both worked at Diamond International in Oakland for many years and even with very limited wages and much sacrifice, the boys never went without. Everyone who knew Mom, knew that she was the strongest woman they had ever known. She worked non stop her whole life. At a very young age she developed Rheumatoid Arthritis which seriously affected her body the rest of her life. Despite years of countless surgeries, hospital visits and rehab she never complained of her illness and always was more concerned about her family than herself.

Viviane had some bucket list wishes while living with her son Stephen and his wife Linda during the last five months of her life.  The wish she wanted the most was to ride a horse for the first time. Her wish was granted, spearheaded by her special grandson Joseph Fotter who was with her the entire ride.  A beautiful article was written in this newspaper by reporter and personal friend Amy Calder about her very special day.

Viviane was pre-deceased by her husband Perham L. Fotter, two sons Phillip E. Fotter and Gerald L. Fotter who recently passed away from complications due to Covid -19; sisters Martha Pelham,Edwina Bolduc, Eva Hubert, Pearl Frost, Ernestine Parisi and brother Edward Gagnon.

She is survived by her son Bruce Fotter and wife Betty of Warsaw IN, daughter-in-law Rose Marie Fotter of Belgrade Lakes, sons  Stephen Fotter and wife Linda of Benton, Peter Fotter and wife Tammy of Rome, and James Fotter and wife Karen of Gray.  Fourteen  grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. 

The family would like to say a very special thank you to Hospice care workers who provided wonderful care and support for Mom these last six months. Also thank you to Dawn, a hospice CNA who became close to Mom and provided the best care she could have. Also thanks to care helpers Betty Michaud and Amy Burns.

 A graveside service will be held in the spring with Rev. Bill Meyers officiating. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Funeral Alternatives.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to ShineOnCass Foundation, 64 Heritage Rd., Oakland ME 04963.

“Standing now before Him and the angels gather ‘round

There you are in white a royal wedding gown

Radiant joy now streams upon your face

The Master says well done you have won the long hard race”

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