Josephine Cotreau

Josephine Jacqueline Cotreau

Thursday, August 26th, 1926 - Sunday, September 6th, 2020
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August 26, 1926 - September 6,2020

Today we announce the loss of our dear mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a friend to many, Josephine Jacqueline Murphy-Cotreau. Mom is the last of the 14 children of Captain Will Murphy and his wife Frances (LeBlanc) of Wedgeport. She lost her father at the age of seven, but with so many older brothers, she never lacked for paternal affection and support, especially from her brother Walter Murphy. She loved her family and neighbourhood in Wedgeport, where her many cousins filled her childhood with happy memories. She married our father, Edwin Surette, also of Wedgeport and settled for a number of years in Halifax, where her three children were born and where she met her best friend for life, Vina Pothier. A longing for Wedgeport brought them home where they purchased a bungalow and lived for many years. After Dad passed, she eventually remarried Lawrence “Del" Cotreau and moved to Revere, Mass, keeping her home in Wedgeport for holiday visits.

After 12 years, the couple moved to Wedgeport and resided there until illness dictated that they could no longer live at home. After the passing of Del, Mom moved to The Meadows, where she spent the last three years of her life. She was cared for by so many wonderful people there under the medical direction of Drs Horton and Chandler. Mom loved her family above all else and the isolation of the past months due to COVID 19 was her last cross to bear.

Josephine was predeceased by all of her Murphy siblings, Willie; Marguerite; Leo; Walter; Minnie; Loran; Roderick; Norma; Patrick; Michael; Madeline; little Jackie and baby Willard and many of their spouses who were great friends. She was predeceased by a son in law, Elden LeBlanc. In 2009 she lost her beloved son, Roland Surette, to cancer. She is survived by her son, Eldon (Ruth )Surette, Edmonton, Alberta, daughter Donna(Jack)Messenger, Barrington Passage, daughter in law Ellen Surette (Kevin Pothier) ,Wedgeport, grandson Morgan (Trudy)Surette, Wedgeport, N S, grand-daughters Melanie(Justin ) d’Entremont, North East Point, Jan Jones (Steve Marcelynas), Connecticut, step-grandchildren, Travis Messenger(Heidi ) Clyde River; Troy (EunJung)Messenger, Bridgewater; Amber Brannen, Argyle; Stephen Townsend, Wedgeport. Also, she had eight great-grandchildren, Baylee; Taylor; Jacques; Jordyn, Lauren; Kristen; Alina; Tyler. In addition, there were six step-great-grandchildren, Chloe; Naomi; Emily; Avril; Ethan and Rayna.

We ask that there be family flowers only and donations be made to the Wedgeport Cemetery and the Meadows Home for Special Care.
Visitation will be Friday, September 18th, 7-9pm from the Sweeny’s Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Service will take place 11am Saturday, September 19th from the Saint Michaels Catholic Church in Wedgeport. Father Albeni d’Entremont officiating. Interment to follow in the Parish Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to, or you may sign the guestbook online at

Mom, we could never say goodbye to you. We will just say, “We love you. See you later .”
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 18th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, September 18th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel
    567 Main Street
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  • Service

    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 11:00am
    Saint Michel’s Catholic Church
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    Father Albeni d'Entremont
  • Interment

    Saint Michael's Parish Cemetery
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Shawn Cooper

Posted at 06:23pm
Sorry to have just heard of Josephine's passing.
Condolences to Eldon and all the family. Much Love !

Gary LeBlanc

Posted at 06:55pm
With all our love RIP till we meet again Gary & Sue

Sharon Murphy

Posted at 07:31am
Deepest sympathies to Donna & Family and Eldon $ family . Aunt Josephine gave us many great treasures with all the memories she had of family from the past we never got to know . Loved those stories . She will be in out hearts forever.

Barbara Murphy

Posted at 05:01pm
Eldon,Donna & Family
Will miss Aunt Josephine. She was always happy to see us.
When she lived at home her and Del always wanted to get us a drink. My deepest condolences
Love Barbara

Posted at 08:16pm
She will be missed. She was a great lady.
Joan mccall from the meadow. Will miss her.

Denise Pothier Russell Posted at 08:11am

Donna, Eldon and the family my deepest condolences to everyone. Josie as she was known to our family was a huge part of my entire life. She visited our home in Halifax often and was considered part of our family. We spent many nights sitting around the supper table enjoying rappie pie or other delicious meals, having great conversations with tons of laughter. She will always have a special place in my heart. XO Love Denise Pothier Russell.

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