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In Memory of

Hilda Mongeon Fondry

June 24, 1916 - August 29, 2017

Obituary


Hilda Mongeon ("Dolly") Fondry of Jacksonville died August 29, 2017 at the age of 101. Born June 24, 1916 in Winooski, Vermont, she was one of 13 children of Ernest Mongeon and Addie (Willette) Mongeon. Dolly grew up working in the neighborhood store owned by her father, who taught her the value of money and to meet every stranger as a new friend. After high school, Dolly worked at Kresge's department store for many years, and served as manager during World War II. In 1946 she married Robert A. Fondry, and they moved to Jacksonville,...

Hilda Mongeon ("Dolly") Fondry of Jacksonville died August 29, 2017 at the age of 101. Born June 24, 1916 in Winooski, Vermont, she was one of 13 children of Ernest Mongeon and Addie (Willette) Mongeon. Dolly grew up working in the neighborhood store owned by her father, who taught her the value of money and to meet every stranger as a new friend. After high school, Dolly worked at Kresge's department store for many years, and served as manager during World War II. In 1946 she married Robert A. Fondry, and they moved to Jacksonville, where she settled into to her life's work as the tireless mother of five children and a faithful parishioner at St. Matthew's Catholic Church. Dolly and Bob were together for 50 years until Bob's death. In the years that followed, Dolly continued to live her long and wonderful life to the fullest: feeding, laughing, and sharing stories with her large family; taking trips back to her Vermont home base; and volunteering with St. Francis Soup Kitchen.
Dolly will be remembered as a loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. As her mother was fond of saying, "If you can't get along with Dolly, you can't get along with anybody." By word, by example, and just with her presence (especially around the kitchen table at the family home of almost 70 years), Dolly taught the importance of laughter, kindness, acceptance, hard work, family, and-most of all-loving one another.
Dolly is survived by her five children, Ernest (Carole), Robert (Susan), Gerald (Rebecca), Peter (Barbara), and Donna (Michael); her brother, Andrew (Annette); her many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; and a host of other loved ones and friends. She will be missed by all, but forever held close in our hearts.
The family would like to give special thanks to Joyce Rowe, Jean Church, and the staffs at Allegro Senior Living in Fleming Island and at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, who helped take such tender care of Dolly during her last years, and who came to cherish and enjoy her as much as everyone else.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, 1773 Blanding Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration of a memorial gift to Community Hospice & Palliative Care, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257, https://www.communityhospice.com/, or to St. Francis Soup Kitchen, 134 E. Church Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Arrangements are with Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memorial Park & Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL.