Christiane A. Doherty

Christiane A. Doherty

Christiane A. Doherty, age 92, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Fitchburg. Christiane was born in Obies, France on February 9, 1920. During the German occupation of Paris in WWII, she worked as a social worker for the maternity ward of a hospital. After the war, in October 1945, she met her future husband, Bill Doherty, an American GI, on the terrace of the Palais de Chaillot in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. She was reading a French translation of Margaret Mitchell’s, Gone with the Wind, when Bill asked her, in perfect French, how she liked the American novel. They were married in Paris at the protestant Temple du Foyer de l’Ame on March 9, 1946. They returned to the United States to make their home for several years in Evansville, Indiana and then moved to St. Charles, Missouri in 1950, after spending a year In France. Christiane remained in St. Charles, with frequent trips to France to visit her family, until her move to Madison in January, 2010. She was an active member of the St. Charles Presbyterian Church, taught French at the Sacred Heart Academy in St. Charles, and volunteered as a “Grey Lady” at St. Josephs Hospital. Christiane was a loving, open-minded, positive person who enjoyed being with and entertaining friends and family.

She will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren, and friends. Christiane was preceded in death by her husband; Thomas William Doherty; and by her brother, Jean-Arthur Wallerand. She is survived by her daughter, Anne (Michael); her son, Daniel (Suzanne); and grandchildren, Phedra, Shane, Andrea, Christine, Allegra and Jeffrey. Christiane is also survived by her sister, Nanette; and her brother, Jean-Pierre; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in St. Charles at a later date.