Clotilde Joasa was born on September 9, 1929, in Cavaillon, South of Haiti, to Duperval Joasa and Macilia Jean Gasnard. Her mother, Macilia, passed away a few weeks before Clotilde's fifth birthday. Feeling unable to raise a girl alone, her father reluctantly sent her to live with her godmother. While living with her godmother, she attended primary school and completed some secondary academic education. Eventually, she learned the trade of a seamstress.
Later, she and her cousin, Valia, moved to Pétionville. There, she could earn a living as a seamstress and cook. Not long before the birth of her daughter, Guenite, Clotilde had come to faith and made Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior of her life. She then joined the Baptist Church of Pétionville. A few years later, she joined the Church of the Rock of Ages Church (Rocher des Siecles) in Pétionville, where she remained a faithful member until she immigrated to the U.S. Following her conversion to the Christian faith, she resolved to stay single and live to honor God, and to raise her daughter respectably.
She would say why she did not get married after the separation from Guenite's father: "Men will indeed disappoint you, but my God will never disappoint." Clotilde left Haiti for the U.S. in 1994 to join her daughter and her family in Massachusetts. She lived with her daughter, her son-in-law, and their two children until she went to be with the Lord on May 15, 2023. In Massachusetts, Clotilde was a devout Morijah Evangelical Baptist Church member in Waltham. There, she served as a deaconess.
Following her move to Marlborough, she and the family became members of Tabernacle Baptist Congregation until her passing on May 15. She was a devout Christian and a woman of prayer. She loved to give and to share whatever little she possessed. Clotilde was a wonderful mother, grandmother, caring friend, and loving person.
In addition, Clotilde was very strict, protective of the vulnerable, and strived to provide for those in need. She was a quiet and reserved woman who avoided conflicts and was both a pacific and generous individual. Though she only gave birth to one child, she was a mother to so many who, over the years, would count themselves among her children.
Clotilde's departure will undoubtedly leave a void in our lives, just as she has left an indelible imprint in our hearts. However, she will be missed most profoundly by her daughter Guenite, her son-in-law Pastor Fred Romain and her grandchildren, Hannah and Garrett Romain; her sisters, Julia Mon-Premier Joasa and Viergelia Joasa; her cousins, Valia Brunache; her nieces Madeleine Joasa-Parent; Falia Justima.
She also left in tears her daughters Marie Claude Desrivière (Fifie) and Rouse-Berthe Boussicaut (Bibiche) and their respective husbands, Eddy and Willy, and Castera Brasilia. These five have become her children over the last years of her life as she has become a sweet mother to them. In addition to the Romain family, she will also be remembered by members of the following families: Joasa, Daniel, Justin, Brignol, Parent, Beauvoir, Basile, Orphee, Constantin, St. Louis, Jerome, Brunache, Joseph, Israel, Cassagnol, Dossous, Pateau, Cilus. May the Joy of the Lord be our strength, and the Hope of the Resurrection heal the wounds of our sorrowful hearts!