Margaret V. Gaudreau, 89, organist at Catholic church

December 21, 2005

Margaret V. Gaudreau, a retired organist at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson, died of an infection Saturday at Charlestown Retirement Community. She was 89.

Born Margaret Vaillant in Fitchburg, Mass., she was a 1938 graduate of Vassar College, where she majored in piano composition and performance. At age 12, she began accompanying her father, who sang on a Boston radio station.

She moved to Baltimore nearly 65 years ago to teach music at Garrison Forest School. In 1940, she married architect Paul L. Gaudreau. He died in 1995.

A member of the American Guild of Organists, she played for Masses at Immaculate Conception for many years.

She also entertained at her Ruxton home. Family members said she held an annual Christmas sing-along.

"At the first chords of `O Come All Ye Faithful,' veterans knew to gather around the grand piano," said her daughter, Margaret Gaudreau Sullivan of Virginia Beach, Va. "Her invitations were issued to entire households, so that everyone from the newborn to the venerably old gathered to sing and enjoy her wonderful food."

She was a past president of the Stoneleigh Garden Club and the Maryvale Mothers' Club. She also organized Red Cross fund drives for Midwest flood victims and was a financial supporter of St. Elizabeth's School in Northeast Baltimore.

A Mass was offered yesterday.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a son, the Rev. John Vaillant Gaudreau of Kittredge, Colo.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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