Jeanne Bessette

Obituary of Jeanne Bessette

Jeanne Bessette, 83, of Sun City Center, Florida, passed away on November 26, 2022, while under hospice care at the Palm Garden Nursing Facility. She was the beloved wife of Richard Bessette, who passed away on August 11, 2022.  Together, they shared 64 years of marriage.


Jeanne was born in New Bedford, MA on March 28, 1939, the daughter of the late John and Ernestine Desrosiers.  Jeanne married Richard in October 1958, and together they raised four sons while living in Fairhaven.  Jeanne worked at the LeRoy Wood Elementary School for twenty years before retiring.  She and her husband enjoyed many years of traveling, sight-seeing, and winters in Florida.  They enjoyed Florida so much that they moved to Sun City Center in the mid-1990’s. 


Survivors include her children, Paul Bessette and his wife Teresa of Austin TX, Marc Bessette and his wife Lynn of St. Johns, FL, David Bessette and his wife Reyna of Sahuarita, AZ, and Michael Bessette and his wife Michele of Gold River, CA.  Also two sisters, Doris Wolfe and her husband Roger of Texas, and Muriel Bruneau of Pennsylvania, sister-in-law Theresa Desrosiers of Massachusetts, and five grandsons. 


A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 10:30 am at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center, and will be livestreamed at  Jeanne’s urn possessing her mortal cremated remains will then be entombed in a columbarium niche along side her husband’s at Sarasota National Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The American Cancer Society at


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Funeral Mass

10:30 am
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Prince of Peace Catholic Church
702 Valley Forge Blvd
Sun City Center, Florida, United States
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